First, let me say that I LOVE Christmas cards… holiday cards… whatever you want to call them. (Not too terribly surprising, given that I love cards in general.) I try to give out as many as possible. I must confess, though, that I don’t often make them – most years, I’ve settled for nice, store-bought cards. But this year, I was determined to give them that personal touch.
I had a plan. Last winter, I was going to come up with a design while I was still in the “holiday spirit”, and then I’d have nearly a whole year to work on them. Didn’t happen. So I decided half a year was still good, so I would definitely come up with something by July and start working on them. Didn’t happen. Suddenly, it’s mid-November, and I have absolutely no plan. How did this happen?
I knew it would have to be something fairly simple, quick, easy to replicate. I tend to go for “safe sentiments” as not everyone on my list celebrates the same holiday, and I would hate to leave anyone out. So, I decided to go for a simple, stamped image of a snowman, on a card embossed with snowflakes, and a simple stamped “Let it Snow” sentiment.
I hated it. The snowman was awful, the dry-embossed card was too flimsy, and the whole thing just looked boring.
So, I decided to mat the snowman on a die-cut red lacy square, and give him a hat. But the hat didn’t go with his scarf, so I found another stamp with a scarf to match. And then he looked lopsided, so I decided to add the bird… and some sparkle. That finished snowman up there? He was stamped in blue, coated with glimmer mist, fussy-cut out, adhered to a die-cut white square, arms hand-drawn, nose stamped and fussy-cut, hat printed from a digi-stamp, colored and fussy-cut, scarf stamped and fussy-cut, bird stamped and fussy-cut, stickles added to the hat, and eyes & buttons added with enamel accents. And adhered to a red lacy square, which was adhered with foam adhesive to a dry-embossed white panel, which was then adhered to a thick red card-base. And I wasn’t happy with stamped sentiment, so I ended up die-cutting all the individual letters. And I rounded two of the corners. And added some glittery snowflakes to the inside:
Had this been a single, one-time card, I would say I’m fairly happy with how it turned out, and it was kind of fun. In fact, I probably enjoyed the first two or three. After that? Not so much, LOL. What was I thinking?!! Do NOT try this at home.
If you didn’t get a card from me this year, it probably means I don’t have your address. It also probably means you’re out of luck. Next year? Store-bought. 🙂
Supplies used: Bazzill Peppermint cardstock, Georgia-Pacific white cardstock, Sizzix Lacy Squares die, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Squares die, Memory Box Typewriter Lower Alphabet Set dies (“let it snow”), EK Success small snowflake punch, Fiskars ‘Tis the Season clear stamp set (snowman, scarf), Meljen’s Designs Christmas Star Snowman digi-stamp (hat), Simon Says Stamp’s Giving Thanks clear stamp set (bird), Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland embossing folders collection, various inks and glittery stuff… and a very well-used pair of EK Success Cutter Bee scissors.