Twelve Weeks of Christmas 2010 www.TheSouthernStamper.

com Week Twelve

Christmas Countdown Frame
By Carla Brasher

Supplies: (all supplies and product numbers are from Stampin’ Up!) Stampin Up My Digital Studio Software Real Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon Glue Dots Non Stampin Up items: Frame with glass front Velcro Dots (self adhesive) Dry Erase pen 118108 109052 103683





1. Open the My Digital Studio (referred to as MDS in this tutorial) software on your computer. Click on the option “Cards” in the top right of the screen. 2. Click on the Post Card Option in the center of the screen. 3. Click on the 7 x 5 Landscape option in the top right of the screen.

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4. Click on the “Create Your Own” option on the bottom of the screen. 5. Name your project on the line provided and then click on the “OK” button. 6. Click the “OK” button. You are choosing the “Blank Page” option. (You will receive a message that says to be aware of the Bleed areas. Click on “OK.”)

(7) (8) 7. Click on the “Background Papers” tab at the top right of the page. It will open a block directly underneath it. Click on the “Designer Series Paper” button in the top right of the opened block. 8. Scroll down to “Designer Kits” in the opened window and click on it. Then scroll down and click on “Christmas Jingle – designer series paper”. Click on “Christmas Jingle - paper 1”. Click on the “OK button in the bottom right of the open screen

(9) (10) 9. Click on the “Punches” button on the bottom right of the screen UNDER the box you opened with the Designer Papers. Click on the “Add a punch” button at the top. 10. Click on the “Labels and Tags” choice in the Category column. Then Click on “Curly Label Punch” and click on “Apply” in the bottom right of the screen.

(11) (12) 11. A gray Curly Label shape will be on your screen. Double-click on it and it will bring up a screen like the one pictured. Change the fields to match the ones in the picture. (You COULD also click and drag it to put it where you want and to change the size.) Click on the red “X” to close the pop up screen. 12. In the Gray box on the right of the screen, click on the button labeled “Color Fill.” It will bring up a screen like the one pictured. Choose the Whisper White button and then click “OK.”




13. Click on the “Mat” button that looks like a star in the gray box on the right of the screen. 14. In the pop-up screen, change the size to 10 by dragging the indicator. Then click on Change in the color option and choose the Real Red square (see pic #12). Close the screen.

15. Open the EMBELLISHMENTS box in the gray area to the right. (This is where you just had the PUNCHES menu open.)




16. Scroll down and click on “Designer Kits.” Then choose “Christmas Jingle – elements.” Scroll down and choose the “Christmas Jingle – Ornament 4.” Close the pop-up screen. 17. Double-click on the ornament and change the settings to match those in the picture. Close the pop-up screen. 18. Open the “Stamps” box in the gray area to the right of the project and click on “Add Stamp” icon. Scroll down and click on “Schoolbook Serif Alphabet” in the list. Choose the “d” stamp on the right and click on it.

19. Double click on the “d” and change the height to “90” Close the settings screen and drag the “d” under the Curly Label image. Repeat steps 18-19 to add more letters so that you can spell out “days til Christmas.” Click and drag the letters so that they are close together and at various “heights” to appear kinda random.

20. Print the project with a high-quality printer or use Stampin Up Print Services to print. Insert the picture into a 5x7 black frame. 21. Tie a length of Real Red 5/8” satin ribbon into a bow and attach to the glass on the outside of the frame using a couple of mini glue dots. 22. Attach a dry erase marker to the frame using Velcro dots. Use the marker on the outside of the glass to change the number of days left until Christmas.


I hope you enjoyed this free tutorial. It is Week 12 of a Twelve Week Series of Projects. If you have any questions or need any additional information, including how to order any of the products used, please does not hesitate to contact me! Carla Brasher