Holiday Cards

Here is one of the designs of Christmas cards I made when my sister came over to stamp the other day. I really hate mass production and can only bear to make about 4 of any one card before I get bored. If I really like how it turned out, I sometimes change up the colors, so I can make more than four and still keep my sanity :) So I started with Cool Caribbean and then moved on to Pretty in Pink. I'm thinking about possibly doing a set of plum ones for my purple loving friends, too. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. They're fairly simple, but still classy - exactly what I look for in a Christmas card design.

The stamps are all from the Inkadinkado Holiday Swirls set. I stamped the Happy Holidays stamp first in black on Pearlized White Cardstock, then randomly stamped the swirly snowflakes around the edges of the sentiment panel in Pretty in Pink and also on the Pretty in Pink background layer. I then sponged Pretty in Pink all around the edges of the sentiment panel, matted on black card stock and tied a knotted bow of May Arts Wrinkled Black ribbon around the panel. To finish, I ran the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the snowflake embossing folder and then matted on a black card base. The Cool Caribbean cards are exactly the same, except I used some scraps of Cream card stock instead of white and I used May Arts Black Gold Edged Sheer ribbon. And I didn't think to use the Cuttlebug until I started in on the pink cards. I really like how the embossing looks, though.

I really love pastels when used with black or brown, but really don't care for them otherwise. Kind of funny how we all have our color dos and don'ts. Anyway, when I use a black card base, I just cut an insert from copy paper to 8.25" x 5.25" and fold in half. That way I can easily stamp the inside sentiment and sign the insert without worrying about it not lying flat because of the ribbon. Then once I've signed it, I just glue it down at the fold with some repositionable glue stick. Pretty slick, huh?


So how are y'all coming on this week's mojo challenge? The angle cuts aren't scaring y'all off, are they? Remember the winner this week gets one of the new Verve Visual stamp sets that will be releasing next week. So go ahead and kick that mojo into high gear, peeps! :)

12 comments

  1. These are really really pretty! I love the colours!
    I'll be working on my mojo :)

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  2. These are gorgeous! I love the embossed BG too.
    Oh, and I used your insert trick on my big card order...thanks, sista!

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  3. These are adorable Christmas cards. I may have to borrow this idea. Love it!

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  4. Oh these are so pretty! I love the non-tradtional colors. They are simple yet very elegant.

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  5. Beautiful cards and I love how you do your shading around the sentiment. Great job!! Maybe you should give a tutorial on how to do it like you!!

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  6. Beautiful! I love that pink one!

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  7. Very pretty Julee!! :)

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  8. These are probably some of THE most beautiful cards I've seen! Great job girl (and I have to agree with you 100% on the pastel thing!)

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  9. Beautiful, Julee! Love that embossed background!

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