Yesterday, in preparation to get my Christmas cards written and ready for posting, I printed out a new list of friends and family for Christmas cards this year and then printed the address labels needed. I always photocopy the cards I make before I sell or send them out – this is my record of all the cards I’ve ever made! When I went to photocopy my most recent makes, the photocopier was determined not to play ball! It kept telling me there was a paper jam, but I couldn’t see anything wrong anywhere! I decided to leave them, and work with those that were ready.
I finished off writing all the cards for family and friends. When Hubby came home from work he fixed the photocopier, and after dinner, he photocopied the remaining cards for me! Today I’ll finish off writing the few remaining cards I need to do, and then I’ll complete our annual Christmas newsletter which we send out with our cards to family and friends we’re not in regular touch with. Sending newsletters is a custom introduced by Hubby when we had our first Christmas together. I’m optimistic that all our cards will be ready for posting by bedtime today!
When I decided what the design for my card was going to be, the sizes of my tree dies were either a bit big or a bit small! I settled on the In the Woods Dies because I like the design added by the cut marks from the die. These were the trees that were a bit too big, so I decided to make my card 6″ x 6″ – it worked out brilliantly! I die-cut three Whisper White Cardstock (CS) trees, and then three in Old Olive CS. I adhered one white on one green with the green edge offset – the green was prominent but discreet!
Using Olive Green Ink, I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Snowman Season Stamp Set towards the bottom of the Whisper White CS top layer. After I adhered this layer to a slightly larger piece of the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Designer Series Paper (DSP). Next, I dry embossed this double layer using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder and adhered it to the front of my Whisper White CS card base.
To add some embellishments to the front of my card, I used some Sparkle Glimmer Paper to die-cut three stars (for the top of the trees) and two angels (for either side of the sentiment) using two dies in the Most Wonderful Time Die set. Inside the card, I added a layer of the same DSP and a top layer of Whisper White. I made two Old Olive CS and two Whisper White CS Christmas trees to fit in the bottom right-hand corner. For the stars, I punched two Whisper White CS stars out using the Twinkle Builder Punch. I used the largest stars. After I covered them with wet glue, I dinked them in my box of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
I’m pleased with how my card has turned out, although it may have benefitted from a thicker middle layer rather than using DSP. I wanted to use DSP because it allowed me to introduce a subtle design into what I knew was going to be a relatively plain card. There are two more subtle ways I’ve introduced pattern into my card; one was dry embossing, and the second was using the tree dies that cut a design onto the tree.
I’ll put the basic measurements for this card, below with the ingredients used! That’s it from me today. I’m out and about this morning, and will be back by lunchtime to finish off my Christmas cards for 2019! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Card base – 12″ x 6″, scored at 6″ and folded in half Designer Series Paper – 5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ Whisper White Top Layer – 5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″
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