Christmas Cards with Friends

Hello everyone!  Popping in today to share some Christmas cards I made with some teacher friends of mine. These lovely ladies love receiving my cards, but they do not craft on a regular basis, so I decided to prepare some card designs and materials and have a little card party with them. I tried to make these cards pretty quick to put together because I knew we had limited time. This also means that for those of you still making cards this close to Christmas (yes, it’s only 5 days away) could complete these pretty quickly and make multiple if needed. That’s always nice.

merry

For this card, I’m taking it back to my Winnie & Walter days, and my love of kraft cards, especially with green and red.  I die cut the wreaths from two shades of green cardstock using the In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery Cutaways and glued them offset.  They do look great glued together “perfectly”, but I think this look makes the wreath look fuller. Then I cut the bow and sentiment from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways and In a Word: Merry Cutaways. All that was left was a little stickles sparkle.  I used Ruby Slippers, but I had Fired Brick and Burgundy also on hand.  
Want to change this card, or dress it up?  Some of my guests tried the following:
•  put the merry higher on the wreath, or at an angle
•  move the bow or tie with ribbon
•  use sequins or gems instead for the berries
•  add more stickles to the bow or merry
 

season’s greetings

I was inspired by the layout of this card from Debby Hughes.
I actually had a different die cut planned for this card, but for me it was essential to have some fun and get a little inky making this background.  I came across a card layout design that Debby Hughes created (link in photo caption), but I couldn’t find a large snowflake to use. So I drew one, and then let my Silhouette Cameo take care of the cutting for me. I saved the ladies a little time by designing the sentiment strip in Silhouette and having the Cameo cut those out as well. The small snowflake is punches from some pearl / shimmery vellum from my stash. 
As for the background, I used watercolor paper, and we used various spray inks, water misters and smooshing to get these awesome layers of blue. The ladies had some fun with this, but it was a strange concept to them.  They were so surprised with the results, and they all look so different. I gave them my box of sequins to choose  – marshmallow, silver and sparkling clear – all from Pretty Pink Posh.
Want to change this card, or dress it up?  Some of my guests tried the following:
•  add extra vellum snowflakes – they are so light and add to the snowflake feel
•  fewer layers of link for a smoother color wash background
•  turn the background vertical and keep the sentiment horizontal for a different layout.
If you would like a copy of it too, I have created a free download of the snowflake in PNG form, and a sheet of 25 ready to cut in Silhouette Studio File format over on my freebies page – ENJOY!

 

joy

This card is definitely great when you are short on time.  This one started with some really cute coordinating papers from a Christmas paper pad. The papers are so cute and fun, I had a difficult time choosing.  I precut the background rectangles, and for the scallop edge, I used a punch.  After one border punch, I thought – this is going to take awhile.  I remembered I had a fun scallop rectangle frame from Winnie & Walter in the Essentials: Noelle Cutaways, and I used the frame to cut strips of green paper (two at a time because they were thin) – so every time I ran it through my cuttlebug, I actually had four border strips. The In a Word: Joy Cutaway was also cut from paper in this pad and I love the snowflake detail here. In fact, some of the trees also have the glitter effect like the snowflakes.  After adding the joy with foam tape, we tied satin ribbon on the y and added Stardust stickles along the border’s edge.
Want to change this card, or dress it up?  Some of my guests tried the following:
•  tie the ribbon on a different letter – bottom of “j” or top of “o”
•  add a second border strip to the other side – or if you have the frame like I did, use the entire frame
•  add sequins for more sparkle
•  add more stickles to more of the trees

 

I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as my friends did. I’ll be back later this week with some cards for winter birthdays.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
Julie

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