For some reason my enthusiasm for making Christmas cards is very low right now - usually I'm happy to make them almost in preference to other cards. In an effort to overcome this 'lull' there was a little scrabble through some as yet unused stamps and I unearthed a Jennifer Ellory designed set of Christmas stamps which came free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine - possibly in 2014.
This is the card I made - and there are three the same as I was test driving the Misti:
- 6" x 6" square white card blank
- a square of slightly smaller deep red satin finish mirri card, with a gold calligraphy pen run around the edges to leave a very narrow gold border (and to hide the white core of the mirri card) - glued in place
- a slightly smaller square of white card onto which I stamped the holly bough (did all three card fronts, one after another at each step), then the baubles, using a Delicata 'Golden Glitz' ink pad (thanks to Kathy K for the heads up about these ink pads - they're fabulous! And finally the sentiment, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
- then I just coloured the holly bough using Whispers markers, ran the gold calligraphy pen around all four edges and glued the panel in place on top of the deep red layer
- resisted the urge to add any gems to the baubles, or even a tickle of glossy accents to the holly berries - and kept hands well away from clear Wink of Stella. I wanted to retain the crispness, even though it was tempting to add more stuff
So that's three more cards for Christmas at least. Whilst I love the font of the sentiment it's not a perfectly produced stamp - but it was a freebie and I had fun anyhow!
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #275 - 'vintage or anything goes'. I chose 'anything goes'.
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for April - always 'anything goes'.