Getting ready for the craft show has kept me pretty busy, but I still wanted to make my Christmas cards. I think that it's a nice touch to make my cards each year. I know, most people are going to e-cards, or not even doing them. I have revamped who received cards though. Those that send a physical card receive them. Simple. I used to send them out to everyone I knew, but decided it wasn't worth the cost.
Here's one of the cards that I made. They vary, because I used double sided paper and the pack had several different patterns.
I did the cards in steps, so here's the piles of partial pieces waiting to be assembled in my living room. I even got Mr. Right involved in the process!
I made up these white cards with the Stampin' Up Hostess Stamp set "Warm & Wonder." I earned it as a host. I went through the stack and stamped the trees in Old Olive and then put the ornaments on in Real Red. I put two dark trees on each card and then stamped off more trees without re-inking. It gives the appearance of the trees being at different distances.
Inside the card, I used Old Olive to stamp the sentiment and one more tree. I was able to put both stamps on the clear block at the same time and stamp both stamps at the same time.
Here's how I started with the card fronts, but ended up covering the Christmas Greetings with strips of the paper, and then re-stamped the Christmas Greetings.
One trick that I often use in Scrapbooking to use more of my paper and to make my albums lighter, is to cut shapes out of the background behind the picture. I did this to get the flower behind the reindeer. You never see it behind the tree cards.
Here's what the back side of the ribbon and background looks like. I just used scotch tape to take the ribbon down.
Another finished card. I was one short for the background (because when I was trying my first one, I used a whole sheet of back ground paper to cut a flower out), so I pieced together some of the strips to make the background. It looks a little different, but it doesn't really matter. I actually like the greeting on the top of this one. Too late to change them all this year! (Although, I did think about it!)
I have no affiliation to Stampin' Up, but liked their papers this year for the holidays. The flower and 1 1/2 inch circle were cut with Creative Memories Makers (which are no longer available - sorry!) Oh, I stamped the deer with Espresso ink. I'm running out, so that's why they look light, that will be my next purchase, refill!
Let me know what you think. I have ordered a family photo to put inside, everyone will sign the card, and then address them all, hopefully before Christmas! Oh, and still pondering doing a Christmas newsletter. I might just skip it this year to save time and money. What do you do for Christmas cards?