I wanted to do a card that wasn’t my usual 5″ x 4.5 “, so I made one that fits a standard business size envelope. Everything on this card makes me happy, from the dotted border to the “joy” embellishment. I used Versamark ink for the bottom dotted border and white pigment ink for the music .The holly corners are from my Silhouette, as is the “joy to the world” embellishment. This same embellishment could be made by stamping a sentiment and then cutting around it leaving a border. Layer the piece on to some colored cardstock and trim again.
holly_corner_C20090907225746_18816, joy_C20091008175557_19210, Hampton Arts music border, Hero Arts Tiny Jubilee Dots
I decided to cut a hole in the card front and then affix the ” Merry Christmas” stamped image on the inside of the card. Since I used dimensional dots to secure it the image stands out even when the card is closed.
I purposely made the pink frame and pearls very subtle. The beauty of kraft cardstock is that it can be brightened up (like the card above) or left neutral. Either way works.
square_nested_C01065_18816, Hero Arts Tiny Jubilee Dots, Printworks Holly andBerries, Magenta Merry Christmas
For the background on this card I stamped a poinsettia pattern with Versamark ink and then embossed with clear powder. I cut the panel into to pieces, trimmed each one a bit, and then applied them to the card. I used a Versamark pen to make the dots on the letters. I love the rich red rhinestones that go so well with the background.
wise_men_still_seek_him_C00762_19547, holly_C00780_19547, Penny Black Poionsettia Script
Placement of the words is made even easier by having a mat underneath. I placed the phrase on the desktop and then hit the offset button. I played with the settings until I got to the place whereI had a mat that had the words touching but there was still some open space. I used the same cardstock for both the phrase and the mat and then I ran the mat , right side down, through my Xyron and sprinkled glitter on the sticky side.
wisae_men_still_seek_him_C00762_19547, A Lost Art background script, Bella Bohemia corner flourish
I wanted to do a card using a nativity scene die cut but the ones I bought last year just wasn’t working for me. I got very frustrated. But this year there was a new nativity scene and it worked beautifully. It fit just right on a 61/4″ by 4 4/8″ card. I got the idea for the background from a video made by Paper Try Ink.
This is one of my favorites. I had embosseed a white piece of cardstock with the Dotted Flower Rings folder but hadn’t used it. One day, out of boredom, I took a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen and colored in all of the flower centers. The result was a great subtle shimmer that would worked well for a white and gold card. The wreath was cut out of a piece of AC Specialty Pearl paper. The paper shifts between white and gold as it is moved around. The bow, berries, and the phrase were all cut out of a gold specialty cardstock. Love the way the phrase is cut out so cleanly!
bow_christmas_wreath_C01349_20508, joy_to_world_C200912022115604_18816, Sizzix Dotted Flower Ring
See you tomorrow!