Monday, January 7, 2019

Merry Monday: Christmas Cards

Happy Monday!  Because I have quite a few Christmas projects I'd still like to share with you, I decided to start a new feature on my blog -- Merry Monday!   Last year, one of my resolutions had been to create at least ten Christmas cards a month in order to avoid a flurry of last-minute creating in December -- that resolution didn't work out last year, but maybe this will be the year!  I'm hopeful these Merry Mondays will inspire you and me to keep the spirit of Christmas crafting going throughout the year.  :)  What do you think?

Today's first card is a clean and simple creation, using the Wishing You Well stamp set, stamped in Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot:

I dressed up the card a bit with a bit of scoring around the stamped layer, and a Faceted Dot in the center of the wreath's bow.

The next card is one I CASED with a few little changes from this beautiful card I found on Pinterest by Christy Gridley.  Like Christy, I used the now-retired Still Night Bundle, Dashing Along Designer Series Paper, and Striped Burlap Trim.  For the Cherry Cobbler piece behind my owl, I used the large label from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies.  My sprigs of leaves and berries were cut with a die from the Sweet Cakes Framelits, and I added some snowflakes cut with the limited edition Snowflake Showcase dies.  The label with the greeting is cut with a die from the Petals and More Thinlits.  The green rhinestones were left over from the Timeless Tidings card kit:

For the next card, I did a fun emboss resist technique with stamps from the Snowflake Showcase -- I first embossed the tree with white embossing powder onto the Gold Foil-Edged Card, then I sponged on two shades of blue ink (Pool Party and Coastal Cabana) and two shades of Green (Lemon Lime Twist and Shaded Spruce).  I spritzed with a bit of water to leave some specks and blend the ink just a bit:

I added a few rhinestones to the centers of some of the larger snowflakes for a finishing touch.

And, last but not least, is a "bare midriff" card I created for a swap, using the Signs of Santa Bundle, In the Woods Framelits, and Blizzard Thinlits.  I had fun using lots of Frost White Shimmer Paint on the background and tree, and for highlights on the signpost, Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Images were colored with Stampin' Blends.  The greeting is on a label from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies.

Here's the inside of the card:

Hope you enjoyed these!  Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

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