I have a treat for you today! Do you know that I taught four Christmas card classes last month? Hosting all those classes means I got to make lots of Christmas cards, and today I’m going to share a whole bunch of them with you.
It’s also challenge day at Scrapbooker’s Paradise, and the theme this week is for the birds. And since I bought this paper line because of the beautiful cardinal on one sheet, that’s the first card I’m sharing.
The line is Kaisercraft’s Turtle Dove and it’s a plethora of vintage elegance that was so fun to work with. For my cardinal card, I cut my paper so the cardinal took centre stage, and then die cut a label from Spellbinder’s Fancy Tags 2. This is my current favourite die set, though I really want to get the other two Fancy Tags sets that are available from Scrapbooker’s Paradise!
Many of the other cards were made the same way. Before I started making cards with this line, I cut out all the background sheets that I thought were pretty enough to “star” on the card front. Since my cards are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ I cut the backgrounds to 4″ x 5 1/4″ which gives me a pretty white border on each card.
This one included a sentiment, so to embellish it, all I needed to do was heat emboss a few accents with gold. Isn’t it stunning for a one layer card?
Another flat card – simply stamped, edges inked, and sparkles added.
Another one of my favourites uses a sticker as a focal point. I love how the stamped sentiment looks like it belongs on the paper, and that bow is seam binding that I dyed using Olive ink.
More fun with stickers. This large poinsettia stole the show, so it only needed a simple background.
This is the same paper line, but has a much more contemporary feel. It’s always fun to see if you can get different “looks” like this. I edged the sentiment card in gold with my gold leafing pen.
This large sentiment stamp was a new purchase for me this year and it’s the star of every card it bedecks. I stamped it in red and then added glitter glue. The border strip and holly are stickers.
This card reminds me of my husband’s grandma. She loves to add glitter glue “snow” to her Christmas cards, and so I think this card will have to go to her. The dies are Labels 1 & Labels 1 Scalloped by Spellbinders. And tiny jingle bells! I should have used these more in my cards because I love them.
Another flat card. This one doesn’t wow me, but when you are halfway through an idea that isn’t working, and find a way to salvage it, it counts as a success, even if it isn’t fantastic.
More dyed seam binding, and a wreath idea I found on Pinterest. My nine year old daughter loved this idea, and made her own wreath card after she saw mine!
This one is a scrappy card – I used several die cuts and strips of paper to create the card. I love rearranging everything until I have it just where I want it!
And my final card – one more bird for the Scrapbooker’s Paradise challenge today. More die cuts and a Tim Holtz stamp set. I cut a little slit in the bird’s nest so I could tuck the cardinal in a little bit. And the sentiment is coloured with my wonderful Copic glitter pens. If you don’t at least have the clear glitter pen, you are missing out on some amazing sparkle opportunities!
Now flutter on over to the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog and see what the rest of the team has created in the avian department. Thanks for stopping by to look at my Christmas cards today!