I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas! This year has just flown by. Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations. With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list. Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —
When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me. I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination. It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card. I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black). From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above. Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in. The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life. Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold. This is one of my favorite cards.
My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief. I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job. I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches. They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card. Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots. I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional. It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card. The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker. Too easy peasy!
My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“. I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card. As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail. Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need. This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does. The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye. How easy is that? The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle. I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop. When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could curl up a little and gain some dimension. I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper. Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.
Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5. I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets. I love the quality and attention to detail. There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards. I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath. I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list. This seems to work quite well. I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp. I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock. I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges. This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together. The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk. I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance. I also tied a knot instead of a bow.
So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year. I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.
Supplies from Cut @ Home
Cottage Cutz CC-015 “Cardinal With Branch” die
Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920 “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies
Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations”
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set
Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5”
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Supplies from my stash: gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!