Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christmas Cards!

Yes, I am getting started making some Christmas cards already. I'll keep playing with different designs until I come up with one that I really love, and then I'll make a bunch to send out to friends and family. It could be a lot of trial and error before I come up with THE right card design, so I figured I'd better get an early start. The above card has what I think is my absolute favorite Christmas paper from Cosmo Cricket 'Wonderland' collection. I bought some more for this season because I think it is the best DP set I have seen out there yet. I love the antique style and colors. The flower is from Verve Visual, cut and layered to form the poinsettia. I applied German glass glitter to the top flower layer for an icy sparkle.
Stamps: Verve Visual, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Adirondack, Distress, Versafine
Paper: PTI, Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Nestabilities, Antique Gold brad, German glass glitter, Wine red stitched ribbon

When I first saw the new holiday addition set for Boards & Beams from Papertrey Ink, I wasn't sure I would get it. It seemed like a lot of work to cut out each individual window/wreath and the icicles along the eaves. I eventually caved because I really wanted to use the house for Christmas cards. Well, although I love the look, it is a pain! Not to mention I don't like the fact that the perspective is a little wrong because the windows are cut out from another layer of paper, and glued on top of the house, they look like they are sticking out. Normally windows are recessed, so it doesn't look quite right. I think I will try it differently next time, I just haven't figured out how yet. Lots of masking, probably. It is gorgeous though, and I love the way this card came out. I don't think I'll be sending this type of card out to everyone on my Christmas card list though, way too much work! Maybe just a few special recipients.
Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Verve Visual

Ink: Versafine, Distress, Palette, Versamark

Paper: Fabriano w/c paper, Basic Grey, PTI, Stardream metallic cardstock

Accessories: Chocolate grosgrain ribbon, Copic Spica pens, Tombow/SU! markers, Pearl white EP


5 comments:

  1. That Boards and Beams card is just fabulous!! Your coloring is awesome!! All your hard work was definitely worth it!

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  2. These two card are super. I love all the coloring on the Boards and Beams. It looks like a real house. Great job. TFS
    Dawn B.
    flowergal36

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  3. Oh MY GOSH! I just stumbled across your blog after seeing a card of yours in SCS Gallery Favorites forum for this week. You should be famous, your work is outstanding!! (Maybe you are and I'm slow..LOL!!) I almost didn't even breathe the whole time I was reading it!! WOWW!! How did I miss this before?! Oooooooo...I'm so stalking you!! ;) Fabulous work! All of it, everything!! (p.s., I'm excited to try out your coaster candle, that is amazing!! TFS!)

    Anne
    aka Itsapassion

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  4. Simply beautiful...Your coloring is awesome. Thanks for the heads up on the stamp set - I was considering it but maybe not. I now realize how much work it is and I agree with the windows would look odd. Maybe PTI should have come up with a Christmas house instead of additions.
    Thanks for the heads up
    ((Hugs)) Kathy

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  5. Wow, these are both gorgeous! I love the sky you created with the house, one of the best cards I've seen done with that set!

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