Friday, December 5, 2014

A Holiday Card Set with Believe


Hi everyone, it's Audrey, here today with  some quick holiday inspiration for you. Whether we like it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it, and now is the perfect time to get a jump start on those Christmas cards. I know for myself, I'm always looking for quick ideas for cards that can be easily replicated in bulk, and most importantly, are flat enough for mailing. I've got just such a card to share with you today that I made with a few favorite stamps and dies, and our adorable holiday collection, Believe.


One of the easiest ways to make cards in bulk is to use stamps and dies for the focal images. For my cards, I used a Christmas stamp and die set for the jolly Santa image and sentiment, along with a basic frame die to create the main accents on my design. Love how fun they are, and better yet, how fast it was to stamp and cut them all in bulk. But to me, what makes these cards extra super cute are those adorable patterned papers. Don't you agree?


This design is really quite simple to put together, but here's a few quick steps for making these in numbers.


Start by creating basic layered backgrounds to add to white cardstock bases. Paper is thin, so here's where you can add lots of detail and definition without adding bulk. I used two solid Foundation papers for the bottom layers followed by one print. I like to use the 6x6 Bundle for the patterned papers. I find the smaller scale is just perfect for card making. Machine stitching around the card edges is another way to add an extra pop of detail without adding thickness.


Stamp and die cut your focal images, in this case, the Santa, sentiment, and Polaroid-style frame. Color Santa with markers or ink, then add a bit of sparkle to a few key spots using clear Stickles glitter glue. I used bright white cardstock for the Santa images, but for a bit of contrast, choice a cream color for both the sentiment and the frame backing. I used the back side of 6x6 Bundle papers from our Faith collection for this. Absolutely love the creamy color and the small bits of texture and distressing present in all Authentique papers. For some reason, that extra little detail really packs a punch.


Tuck Santa into the frame with one foot behind the frame and one foot in front. Tie trim around the bottom of the die cut frames into simple knots, and cut the ends on a diagonal about an inch long. Love the basic knots for detail, and the fact that they stay a bit flatter than a bow. Adhere the frames to the center of the card bases. Then adhere the sentiment die cuts with glue dots.

Add a few sequins, and there you have it! A quick and easy card design that's fun and cute and fits into a regular envelope, too. I hope you enjoy!
Supplies:
Authentique Believe Collection:
"foundation one" distressed solid"foundation two" distressed solid"adorn" 12x12 paper"essence" 12x12 paper
 6x6 "bundle"

Authentique Faith Collection:
 6x6 "bundle"


Sizzix Retro Christmas Stamp and Die Set
Papertrey Ink Frame Die
Ink: Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Markers: Copic, Stampin'Up
Stickles: Ranger
Trim: Stampin'Up

Sequins

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