With the exception of maybe us papercrafters, it seems the act of sending Christmas cards is becoming a thing of days gone by. I don’t know about you but every year, I receive fewer Christmas cards than the year before. How sad is that? Maybe it’s the cost of postage or the simple fact that people are too busy to sit down and hand write a card to a friend or family member, but it really is nice to receive something in the mail other than a bill or junk mail don’t you think? I’m bound and determined to get mine made and sent out this year. Here is my first stab at this year’s pile of handmade Christmas cards.
I was really interested in trying out the Cricut Craft Room and melding a few images together to create a focal point for my card. I decided to keep it simple and opted for the word joy with a Christmas ornament substituted in for the letter ‘o’.
What is better than a touch of silver or gold (or both) on a Christmas card? I added the foil tape and heat embossed the snowflake on the ornament to make it pop. The word joy is popped up with foam tape.
On this last card, I changed up the font and added pearl paint and glitter while the paint was still wet. This is not for the faint of heart. I had glitter everywhere and was picking it off my face for two days afterwards!
My apologies for the not-so-great photos. I took these with my cell phone with no real light source. Gotta work on that!
Stay tuned for some easy and fun Christmas cards using the Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month – Twinkle.
Happy card making!
Hi everyone! Have you sent your Christmas cards out yet? I just finished mine up and am ready to drop them in the mailbox. Phew! Can you believe the jolly fatman will be here in 15 days? I have been super busy, as I’m sure you all have been, but I have managed to do some Christmasy crafting stuff in between other things. I thought I’d share some cards I’ve made over the last few weeks and enter them into the Heart2Heart Challenge as well. Some of these were part of a workshop I ran about a week ago. Tonnes o fun!
The fun with this card is in the diecut stockings. I cut out 3 stockings in the green cardstock with the Cricut and stuck a piece of gorgeous green and gold ribbon underneath. I then added some pompom ribbon at the top of the stocking and heat embossed Merry Christmas in gold to match.
I stamped my own background onto this card and went for the tone on tone look, which I always love. I then added a few different flags and stamped and coloured the cardinal with Copics.
Not much stamping on this card! I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut out the mittens and then hung them from a baker’s twine clothesline over a Swiss Dots embossed background.
This green and red card is one of my faves (it’s much cuter in person). I punched 5/8″ circles all the way down the side of the dotty green background paper and then stamped the little images right onto the card base so they peek through the holes. I also used some of my IKEA tape underneath the greeting strip.
This one shows my newly discovered Copic and glitter pen technique on the I Believe, which adds a bit of glitz to this otherwise simple card.
This card just uses strips of coordinating patterned paper and is finished off with a few buttons and a Christmas stamp.
Love the shades of teal and green on this card. I heat embossed the ornament with silver powder and popped a red gem in the centre.
And last but not least, I used one of my sweet treat cards to make a shaker card. Instead of filling the treat cup with candy, I added a Christmas tree and hills of snow. Give it a shake and watch the blizzard!
Hopefully things will slow down a bit after Christmas. I miss blogland and apologize to all my blogging friends for not visiting more often. I hope you are all well and I’ll see you back here as soon as I can. Happy crafting!
TGIF! Today a short post to show you my Heart 2 Heart Challenge card. I will also enter this into the Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge SK102612. This week we are to use all neutrals on a project – no other colours allowed! I really enjoyed using a neutral palette and winter is the perfect theme for it.I chose to use kraft, brown and white, and created my own designer paper using the Countdown and Snow Flurries stamp sets. After adhering that to the card base, I cut out the mittens from Chocolate card stock, using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and heat embossed the white bits onto them.I used a piece of the Color Ready Kraft border glued to a strip of Chocolate CS to break up my white background. I then stamped Winter Wishes in Chocolate ink, from the To You and Yours stamp set. And the last thing I added was the Chocolate Baker’s Twine and the clear gems. Voila, a cute, neutral winter card.
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Hope you find some time to make something. Happy crafting!
TGIF! A quick post to show you a Christmas card I made for the Out of a Hat Creations challenge. They are having month long Christmas challenges, so stop by to check out the projects. There are sure to be some great inspiration pieces.I just received my CTMH gold embossing powder in the mail, so I thought I’d give that a try on my card. I coated the edges with Versamark, pored the gold powder over it and heat embossed it. The background paper is a lovely wrapping paper I picked up about 2 years ago at a department store. It has beautiful gold embossed dots all over it – and the best part – it was a clearance item for only a couple of bucks!The poinsettia was cut out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge and glued together with glue dots. I added a button and a sparkly stick-on gem to the centre.The tag was also cut out with the Artiste cartridge and stamped with this lovely sentiment from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit stamp set. And in keeping with the gold theme, I added the gold ribbon and jingle bells.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. For my Canadian counterparts, have a happy Thanksgiving and may you spend it with the ones you love!
Good day all! Just a quick post today to share a Christmas card I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week. As you can probably tell by the title, the theme is anything Christmas. I decided to get a jump on my Christmas cards and made this…I really wanted to use this lovely CTMH wood grain B&T paper from the Dakota paper packet, because I thought it would make a lovely backdrop for a Christmas card. I ended up pairing it with this gorgeous Santa image from the Father Christmas stamp set (retired). After adding a strip of houndstooth paper (the reverse side of the wood grain), I added some red velvet ribbon. I love the ribbon. I really think it adds classic elegance to this vintage looking Santa card. And although I think a bow would’ve been pretty, I didn’t add one because I didn’t want to bulk up the card for mailing purposes.I stamped and coloured the image with Copics and then painstakingly cut it out with my trusty Cutterbees. I popped it up from the page using dimensional foam, and then added the beautiful, sparkly red gems to each side of the card. Finally, I stamped the ‘Happy Holidays’ sentiment in the bottom right corner. Tout fini!
A big thanks to Kim for the fun crafting night last night and the use of some of her stuff. Always therapeutic, so let’s do it again soon! And please check out the Heart 2 Heart blog on Monday. That is when I will be starting my guest designer spot for the month of October. Have a great day and happy crafting!