I'd also previously been playing with a folder I bought at Ally Pally last month which I had thought was a set of long strips rather than one sentiment underneath the other in a single A6 sized folder :( Undaunted I still used it a week or so ago and then carefully slit through the horizontal joins between each message to produce a set of message strips. They also happened to be lying here on the desk - how fortuitous (today's long word!) - they are the same width as the trimmed Marianne embossed piece of card :)) So, the two (four in fact - so I made two cards the same!) ready embossed/cut pieces of card were sitting here on my desk yesterday when I had a good old tidying session - just asking to be used, and this is what I came up with:
- white 5" x 7" card stock (from Hobbycraft and lovely thick card - I think a packet of 50, including envelopes cost about £4.99 or £5.99. A really good deal!)
- white card and Marianne Designables folder (DS0907)
- white card and Crafts Too Christmas sentiments folder which I chopped into message strips as I said earlier
- silver, really shiny, mirri card, layered behind the embossed white card. A trick I used, being unsure about my skills at placing the sentiment and the Marianne embossed piece of card neatly together on the silver backing, I joined them first with a strip of narrow sellotape along the back.
- holly leaves punched out of dark green card with a single vein run up the centre using an embossing tool and an embossing mat for some 'give'. The punch also came from Ally Pally - it's made by Woodware and I think it's going to be mega useful :)
- holly berries are self-adhesive pearls, from Hobbycraft. The red has a bit of a pinkish tinge to it so I deepened the colour using a 'Cardinal Red' Pro Marker
Funny enough, once all the pieces are die cut this is a super quick card to make. It's crisp and clean although the Marianne folder gives it another dimension too. I've been looking for a design to make a bulk batch of cards, to boost my woefully low supply of Christmas cards - and this might just be 'the one' :))
Hope your weekend is going well and that you're finding some time to craft!