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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