Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Cards

Last year I gave up on Christmas cards all together and sent out Valentine's cards in February instead.  I was going to do that this year again, but I had a sudden inspiration!  But I am SO late getting started on this year's Christmas cards!  December 13th really doesn't leave me a lot of time to get them made and shipped!  Honestly, I just didn't have the inspiration to do it before!  After watching Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, I feel inspired!  So on my Christmas card, you'll notice several techniques from the tags (and if you don't, I'll link to the different techniques so don't worry!). 

I also found this challenge over at Simon Says Stamp's blog!  The challenge is to show a Tim Holtz Technique!  I think I've managed that!  So here we go!

I started with some printouts of my favourite Christmas Hymns.  I trimmed them to fit the card front.  Then I stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs with Versamark on the bottom corner.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used Broken ChinaVintage Photo and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks to sponge some colour onto the paper, making sure to really darken the edges to add dimension.  I then added the light blue taffeta ribbon around the top before gluing those pieces down.  The bottom corner is really cool.  I used my Photo Corner Punch to punch out Bashful Blue Cardstock.  Then I grabbed some acrylic from the packaging of D-Rings (any plastic packaging similar to this would work) and punch some photo corners out of that too.  I ran the acrylic pieces through my Cuttlebug with the Cracked Texture Fade to emboss it.  Isn't that cool?!  I didn't want to mess the look of it up by using adhesive, so I used brads to secure it to the corner.  Then the brads just looks a little too round so I dented them with a hammer (Tim Holtz using his Texture Hammer for this, but I don't have one so my regular hammer had to do!).  The Christmas Ticket, is very similar to the one I made on my Log Cabin Christmas card.  I used my Ticket Strip Die to cut it out.  I used felt to make my own custom stamp pad and changed the colours of ink to make it match my card.  Then I secured it in place with a clip from my stash.  I think the card just turned out beautiful! 

With this view, you can really see the embossed acrylic photo corner!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post as much as I enjoyed making it!  Have a fantastic day!


jude said...

Just come across your blog amazing creations you have.This is absolutely stunning love everything about it!Fab idea for crimbo card...silent night.
hugs judex

Minxy said...

It turned out beautifully, love the background colouring :D

Lori said...

What a gorgeous card! Love all the Timmy goodness going on here! lol! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

email: said...

Very pretty! I like the blue ribbon and the corner!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


Kelly said...

Beautiful! I love it!


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