It’s hard to believe but I’ve already made nearly 30 Christmas cards since last Christmas, and we’re only half way through the year! And actually that’s probably almost as many as I will need. No harm in having some spares though. To be honest I have way more birthday/new home/new baby/etc cards than I really need because I have so much fun making them. If I’m making a card a day (and often I am) but not sending them out at the same rate… well, no wonder I have such a large collection of them. Perhaps I should start properly looking into selling or donating them (or both!)
I started by stamping out my elements onto a snippet of white card. I believe it is drawing paper from an old sketch book that I dismantled, but my snippet folder has all sorts of white papers mixed up together so I can’t be sure. The bear, moose and floppy hat come from Paper Smooche’s Chubby Chums Pals, and the little bird and other hat are from Chilly Chums. I also stamped and coloured a bow but didn’t end up using it.
I coloured each image with my watercolour pencils and blended the colour out with my Wink of Stella, which added a touch of sparkle at the same time. I added a red chest to the little bird to make it look like a Christmas robin. I went for blue and purple on the hats as I was trying to steer away from the traditional red and green. Once all the colouring was done I fussy cut each image. I then went around the edge of them all with my black sharpie to hide the white core of the paper.
Next I needed to create the chevron strip for my scene. I hunted through my Christmas patterned papers and settled on a dark blue with white stars. I then drew out my chevron on the reverse side (so that I wouldn’t need to erase any pencil lines) and cut it out. Of course then I realised, duh, it’s mirrored because I did it on the back, so it was facing the wrong way… Luckily I had enough of the patterned paper to cut another one, and did manage to get it the right way around this time!
I decided to make my card base from some white glitter card just to add to the festive feel. I used my Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue to adhere the patterned paper chevron to the card base. I then used my glue pen to adhere a hat to each character, and again to adhere the bird and the bear to the card base. For the moose I used foam tape to give him a bit of extra dimension. I adhered them all slightly overlapping the chevron as it helped to ground them.
The final touch was the sentiment. I stamped it directly onto the card base, which was a little tricky given the texture of the glitter card. I used my MISTI and stamped three times to get a crisp impression (and even then it’s not quite perfect). The sentiment comes from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages and I masked off the lower portion of the sentiment so that it would just read Merry Christmas.
I’m very pleased with this card. I always enjoy playing with this series of stamps because the characters are just so cute! I think my favourite part of this card is the little robin peeking out of the hat that’s clearly too big for it. Just so adorable!
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