Hello and happy Saturday! Have you seen the Embellish-Online Gallery this month yet? The design team has made dozens of cards for your inspiration, all of which can be found in the EI gallery for December. Here are three of mine, all using BasicGrey's new Christmas collection, Wassail, which is available in the store for 20% off if you use code GLITTER.
I am at the stage in my Christmas card making where I wake up and say OH #$&#@ I am so behind! I always think I am doing so well in my Christmas prep, but the best laid plans, my friend. So here are a few cards that can easily be mass produced.
Do you find what you listen to as you create influences your work? While making my cards I had Sixpence None The Richer's new Christmas album The Dawn of Grace playing in my iPod. It is so wonderful - these adjectives come to mind: small, soft, warm, homey. This album inspired my mood for simple, more organic cards.
I think the homespun, rustic type of look I was going for matches the country meets vintage vibe of Wassail. I used Stampin' Up! Kraft cardstock as the base on all three cards, which has a nice homemade feel to it and complements the Wassail color palate. It is very hard to match the red in Wassail -I really like Bazzill Dotted Swiss in Blissful but I was out, and even that complements rather than matches.
For this card I simply cut a strip of Wassail and added some Cuttlebug tree die cuts. The large, glittery fabric snowflake is by Imaginisce from the Snowy Joe collection. The coarse glitter is by Martha Stewart from a kit and called Crystal. It is so sparkly in real!
My next card used the Kraft base and also the retired True Thyme (ah that was such a great color). The large die cut is Sizzix for Stampin' Up'!s Top Note Die - I used it in my Cuttlebug sandwiched between two B plates and it works just fine. In case you are wondering if you need this die if you already have the Nestabilities Label Onedies - the answer is yes! It is quite different and it's large size is quite handy (this card is 4.25x5 to give you an idea of the die cut's size). I am really glad I got it.
The "star" on top of the tree is a Martha Steward Alpine snowflake punch topped with Crystal Coarse Glitter. The button and rub-on presents are also Wassail; the sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s Best Yet Hostess set inked with my favorite brown, Ancient Page Chocolate- is it the name that makes me love it? Hmm.
My final card is the easiest of all - I simply punched snowflake shapes from the Wassail paper using Martha Stewart's Alpine and Arcticpunches then adhered them together with Glue Dots and 3D dots to form a wreath on top of some cream linen textured cardstock. The linen textured cardstock is rather elegant and adds some class to the folk-y Kraft cardstock.
I added a bit of Crystal Effects on the top snowflakes and dusted them with Martha Stewart Snow glitter, which is uneven and chunky and looks like bits of ice. It is also from a Christmas Glitter kit - love it but can't recall the name; it is available at Michaels.
I hope you like these quick and easy Christmas cards. I am working on this year's Crafty Baking Post so stay tuned for that soon :)
Oh oh oh - I also found out I will be attending CHA in California this January. I am so excited and hope to meet many online friends! While there I will also be Copic certified so will hopefully learn a lot more with the Copics. The best part? I get to visit my mom, dad and brother while I am there. I haven't seen my dad in over 10 years so this trip means so much to me.
Hugs from across the miles,