Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Let's Talk Holiday Cards!

Every year about this time I start thinking (stressing?) about holiday cards - how about you? For the last five years, I've sent out around 70 cards. If there is anything that you can learn about making that many cards, it is that they have to be simple, low-cost, yet pack a punch! There are many techniques that do just that!

Of all the techniques out there, I always find people get the most ooohs and aaaahs over embossing. Since there are almost all non-stampers on my list, you can only imagine what a great thing it was to discover! ;) Now comes your decision - which type of embossing? Pigment ink/Versamark with embossing powders or dry embossing? Here's a couple that I thought you might like to see:

This card is stamped with one of the Thomas Kinkade images available from Cornish Heritage Farms. I ran into Lisa Strahl at CHA in Chicago this summer, and she generously passed along this gorgeous stamp to me (thanks so much, Lisa and CHF!). Let me tell you - what an image! Talk about punch - this image will make the person on the receiving end drop their jaw! I simply stamped this in SU Night Of Navy onto Creme cardstock (Cardstock Warehouse) and cut out the oval. I then embossed an oval onto light blue textured cardstock using one of the new Nestabilities from Spellbinders (more on these in my next post). Voila! Instant punch! ;) To finish off the card, I mounted the stamped oval with foam tape right in the middle of the dry embossed oval and tucked a couple short pieces of GORGEOUS ribbon (from Creative Charms). Ink the edges and you're done! Suddenly, 70 of these don't seem so tough. Just think of the comments you'll get from your family and friends!

OK, how about one more with my checklist in mind? (Just forgive my lackluster photo skills - photographing a white card is NOT easy!)

This one is SO easy! Once again, I embossed with a Nestibilities die. The ornament stamp is Paper Salon, from the new clear Tailored Tin set called Peace On Earth. I stamped it in Sapphire VersaFine and embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder. Since the stamp is clear, you can easily see where to place it. The sentiment is from last year's Tailored Tin called "Winter Wonderland". So easy, so economical and combining the two types of embossing add just the right mix of subtle texture.

With a little inspiration under your belt, I hope you feel ready to tackle your holiday cards! I would love to see them, so if you would like, send me a link to them. I can always use a little inspiration! :)

1 comment: said...

Oh my, I should be thinking about cards, shouldn't I? thanks for the reminder and the tips