Monday, December 14, 2009

Holly Jolly Christmas

EDA: I just put a few of these in my Etsy shop, in case anyone is interested!

Happy Monday! Well, I achieved one major goal this weekend and that was to get my Christmas cards finished. And I did it! I just need to address and send them now (whew!). May I present my 2009 Christmas card. First, my favorite version:

I just love the Turning a New Leaf set from Papertrey Ink! I used one of the larger stamp in the set to make my version of holly leaves. A few single dot stamps from Polka Dot Basics make the holly berries. I think this makes for a slightly different feel to the traditional holly image. I stamped the leaves once in Ripe Avocado, then again in Fresh Snow for...well, snow! It's subtle, but really makes a difference with the overall look and feel. And now...the second version:

Had I not already cut and scored the Ripe Avocado cardstock, I would have made them all using Scarlet Jewel, but atlas...these things happen. I still really like how these turned out. It's so hard to resist not using ribbon and big embellishments, but I had to keep them mail friendly and mostly flat. To make up for it, I used glitter on the holly berries for a special touch of holiday bling:

Okay, so who wants to come over and help me address and write inside all 25 of these? Anyone, anyone?

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Polka Dot Basics, Holiday Button Bits, Fancy Flourishes (PTI)
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Kraft, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Ink: True Black, Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Other: foam mounting tape (3M), Labels Eight die (Spellbinders), Palette Stamp & Stick Gluepad (Stewart Superior) , glitter, corner rounder (Fiskars)


Maureen said...

these are so lovely!! I hear ya on keeping them simple and flat. I've finished my 30+ cards and am using some of the ones I've done for challenges :) Merry Christmas! Love the new blog banner :)

lynn said...

i kept my cards flat this year:) so much easier to mail! love the bling!

Jennifer said...

These are very pretty. And I agree about liking the Scarlet Jewel just a wee bit better - it really makes the "holly" leaf pop. I'm intrigued by the double stamping - I've never tried that. Is it hard? Any tips for making it turn out as well as yours did?

Bonnie said...

These are so pretty Jennifer! I love this new set also but I have only had it out once. I hear you with the flat card ribbon, no buttons sometimes seems to make for a dull card - but these are gorgeous!

Stephanie said...

I really love everything about these cards, although I have to agree with you that I absolutely prefer the Scarlet Jewel over the Ripe Avocado cardstock (I really "need" some of that paper!). Stamping the white ink over the avocado creates an unexpected level of depth and it is a beautiful result! And finally, use of the flourish stamp is absolutely a wonderful finishing touch!!

Noora said...

So beautiful...the Fresh snow touch is really nice..totally gave it a wintry look!!


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