I started with a cardbase of Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink. Cut, score and round the corners -easy peasy! I then stamped the frame image and a sentiment from this year's PTI anniversary set (Round & Round) with Versmark ink. Sprinkled on silver embossing powder and went to town with my heat gun. (As always, you can click on the picture for a more detailed look.)
The bell is punched from a text weight silver shimmer paper that I picked up at A Happy Stamper. The punch is from the Martha Stewart line. I tied a small bow from red and white baker's twine for a nice little touch, too. So far, so good - right?
I turned to my computer to start the interior. Find a postcard template and simply fill in your information. You can then print four on one sheet of paper - nice and quick! These are printed on an off-white text weight paper. Once I printed them, I trimmed them and rounded the corners. I added the flourish that you see there with a stamp from Big & Bold Holiday Wishes - the stamping ink and the printer ink matched seamlessly. (Hubby couldn't even tell that it was stamped!) I adhered that text weight sheet and voila! I was done.
I work pretty quickly, but anyone could easily make a bunch of these over a weekend. Simple techniques (like the heat embossing I did on the front) are techniques that always make a BIG impact, so choose just one WOW factor to incorporate into your design, whether it be embossing or die cutting, or something similar. Give it a try - your recipients will be impressed!
Be well. ~ Jenn