Wednesday’s Card: Christmas Photo Card

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Hi All!

My annual Christmas card is a big project for me. I start thinking about it in August, prototype in September, then create in October. I seriously spend a lot of sleepless nights trying to come up with the most perfect card that is not too hard to replicate, since I make about 75 or 80. I think of my Christmas card as a mini-present to everyone, which is why I spend so much time thinking about it.

I usually try to do something unique, like a special fold or texture. I mean, it’s Christmas, so it needs to be special, right?? For those of you that follow Kristina Werner’s blog, you know that she recently promoted a book called Folding Ideas for Cards and Envelopes. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it. I love popups and different things like that. So, that’s where I got the idea for this tag-shaped Christmas card. The ornament stamp and sentiment are from the same stamp set, Contempo Christmas. And, of course, the ornament punch makes it super easy!!

I used Versamark for the background ornaments, similar to the technique I used on the Seize the Cupcake card. But, I used Versamark Dazzle, so the stamped image has a shimmer to it – perfect for Christmas!! When I first designed the card, I had a plain background, and it was just, welll…. too plain. Then I added a leafy background stamp and it was too busy. I didn’t want to take focus away from the ornament with anything too complicated. So, Versamark tone-on-tone was it!

I hope you like it! I just received a HUGE Stampin’ Up! order. Whenever I get a box in the mail, it is so exciting!!! My head is swimming with ideas for all these new stamps and tools! Too many products and too little time!! I will tell you that next week’s card uses the vanilla shimmer mist. I love, love, love it. I can’t believe I just now bought it. I think it would also be great on a Christmas card. Stay tuned!!

Enjoy and have a great week!


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  1. Wonderful!!! Really love this idea! And your girls are beautiful like their mother! 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness – LOVE the video! I saw your card on Tiffany Bauer’s Crafty Picks (thanks, Tiffany!). I’ll be following you, pinning you, sharing and not-quite-stalking (that’s meant as a joke 😉 you!

    Thanks so much for sharing – love the speed and thoroughness of this video!

  3. Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    OMG! I just found one of your youtube tutorials on pinterest and am hooked! Your work is unbelievable and I am so excited to go back and watch each and every one of your videos. Thank you for taking the time to inspire others and share your talent with us:)

  4. Michelle E says:

    I enjoyed seeing you create the card start to finish. It has lots of detail for a card that is going to be done 80 times! Your photo is beautiful and I like that it’s inside. Thanks for another great card!

  5. Hi Darlene,
    I LOVE this card. I’m thinking about doing something similar for my Christmas cards this year. One question – what size envelope will the fit in? The finished card is 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 with a little extra for the ribbon? will that fit in any standard envelope? Thanks for the inspiration!! :o)

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Amy! Good question – I actually have a bunch of 5×7 envelopes (actual measurements are 5.25×7.25), so I made this card to fit that envelope. The card is a little bit smaller, but there’s not too much extra room in the envelope. It is a standard A7 size. I bought mine in bulk here:

  6. Great card, beautiful photo!!

  7. Darlene, this is just so cute. But here’s the thing: one video a week is not enough for me! I know you’re busy, but if you could sneak in an occasional extra one once in awhile, that would make me so happy. (And it is all about me, right??) 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I, too, love Wednesdays just so I can see what wonderful creation you have to show us next! Thanks, again.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      @Ann – lol! Honestly, I can barely keep up with one video per week! I spend quite a bit of time preparing one video (not to mention the time I put into creating the card before I even start the camera rolling!).
      You are nice to say you want more – I think maybe after March I will have more time, so it’s possible I could do more in the future! Thanks for watching. 🙂

  8. Darlene
    I love this card! It it looks so easy, but then you always make them look easy. I may have to try making this card, however, I don’t own the punch but maybe I can use something else. Thanks for wonderful ideas.

  9. Such a unique and special Christmas card Darlene. I have never seen Versamark Dazzzle ink before…I will have to keep an eye out for it. Such a beautiful gift, with a beautiful photo. 🙂

  10. Darlene, this isn’t just a card, it’s a treasure! Beautiful! I’ve been thinking about ordering that book since I saw it on KW’s blog. I think I “need” it! As always, thank you for a wonderful card and video.

  11. Margaret in WI says:

    Thanks Darlene teriffic card! Love the color combo and of course, the pic of your two girls! One question tho, where do you write your message or put your names?

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Margaret – good question! I use the inside cover for my note (the side that faces the picture when the card is closed). I always hand-write the names of the people I am sending the card to and a short little message. If I’m going to go so far as to create this card for each person, I might as well personalize it!! 🙂

  12. Another great card. I love the tag shape card, it looks good!

  13. Great picture of your girls.
    I love the shape of the card. And the end result.

  14. Your daughters are Beautiful. Love your Christmas card idea. Thanks Darlene for the great instructions, can’t wait to try it.

  15. Simply beautiful!

  16. That is a superb idea Darlene! Thanks again for the video! Love the tag shape too!

  17. Awesome Darlene! I feel like I’m on your Christmas card list – so thanks for sharing!!

  18. Thanks Darlene for sharing the photo card tutorial and that versamark dazzle is neat.

  19. Hi love this card! I need versamark dazzle! super cuties in the photo tfs huggs Amanda

  20. Love the tag shape card…fabulous tutorial as usual Darlene!
    Gorgeous photo.

  21. Tiffany Bauer says:

    I just love this photo tag!! What an awesome idea!! I will be featuring this project on My Crafty Picks #38 with a link back to your blog on 10-16-11. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Thanks and take care
    Tiffany Bauer

  22. I immediately recognized this template! I also bought the book after seeing it at Kristina’s blog. Love the card, it’s so pretty!

  23. Way to go! and its finally over…well now you have all 80 + to make. I like it very much…I am still undecided but i really think I’ll stick with a gatefold….thats as far as I have gotten!
    Very nice and I like craft and red!

  24. Love the tag card, such a good idea for your mini present. You are so talented, your ideas always inspire me.

  25. Love it!! I can’t wait to get mine..

  26. LOVE this card idea!! I am so inspired now. Quick and pretty easy! I seem to always put off making cards for Christmas. Now I have an idea!! Thanks for sharing! Love the Dazzle effects of the card. And what an awesome way to share photos! I have a new granddaughter and we are going to take a family photo this weekend! I am going to use it!! Wednesdays are great!!

  27. Terri (blindstamper) says:

    That is awesome. I so look forward to Wednesdays because of your creations and videos!

  28. It’s a lovely card. I like the Versamark Dazzle for just the right wee bit of sparkle on a card. That tag shape is definitely eye-catching; definitely a ‘special’ card for the recipients. TFS!


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