Saturday, 16 June 2012

Christmas Cards #1 & 2

I've finally gotten a chance to blog a bit so I thought I would share the first of my Christmas cards.  I know it seems early but I figure the earlier I start the better.  We'll see if this worked out in December, lol.

I started with the patterned paper.  Since I'm not quite in a Christmas-y mood yet I chose the patterns that where the least Christmas-y, lol.  I made multiples of these and I didn't have quite enough of the ornament pattern, so I chose the snowflake pattern as well.

Once I chose coordinating cardstock, I made card bases that were 4.5" square so they fit in an A2 envelope to avoid extra postage. I wanted to do something a bit different so I decided to make a cut-out card.  I used my circle dies to cut circles in the centres of the card fronts and the layers, and corner rounded all components.  I adhered the patterned panel to the white, added twine, added some button brads, and adhered the panel to the card front.  I was going to leave the white border plain but decided it needed more so I added some black faux-stitching with the aid of a ruler.

My favourite tool when making Christmas and holiday cards is my snowflake punch, so of course I pulled that out of its hibernation.  I sprayed some white cardstock with shades of  frosty looking spray mists and when it was dry I  punched away.  I adhered three snowflakes to the bottom corner of each card, added some rhinestones and the card front was done.

For the center I just added a square of white and stamped the sentiment in the middle with Versamark then heat embossed with silver.  Quick and easy!

I love how these cards turned out!

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White.  Echo Park Season's Greetings 6x6 Paper Pad.

Stamp Set:  Stampin' Up! Christmas Punch

Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink, Stampin' Up! Embossing Powder Silver

Mists:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Frost, Glacier

Embellishments:  We R Memory Keepers Baker's Twine, generic rhinestones from stash.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard circles large and small, black felt tip pen.

I will enter this into the following challenges:
  1. The Pretty Little Ribbon - Lots of Layers
  2. Deep Ocean - Stitching faux or real
  3. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
  4. The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
  5. Moving Along with the Times - Lets get krafty
  6. My Mums Craft Shop - Clean and simple
  7. Daring Cardmakers - A hole in one


Sarah said...

These are so festive!

Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

Sarah x

Mau xx said...

These are two superb cards Cathy, I love them both and the Kraft coloured one is so classy. Love the stitching effrect on them.
Thanks for joing us at MAWTT this week.
Hugs mau xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous cards, the aperture is very effective.bthanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Marie said...

They look fabby both of them. Love the clean look with the wonderful colours. Thanks for playing wuth us over at the Paper Shelter this week. Good luck with the challenge.
Love n hugs

Debs said...

Two fab cards - love the design and elegance of them.
Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Gorgeous cards, I love the design. Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

Kathy said...

A lovely card - thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers' "A Hole in One" challenge this week

Gez said...

Oooh, love these! My kind of cards! Thank you for joining The Daring Cardmakers this week.