Sunday 20 November 2011

Christmas reindeer cards

Oh boy, I already am getting waves ripples of panic wondering if I'll end up buying some cards for Christmas instead of being able to make them all. Some recipients probably wouldn't notice anyhow, but making them all is still a target I've set myself.

Sooooo, when I was scrabbling round looking for lilac backing papers yesterday, I'm almost ashamed to say I stumbled across yet another 'forgotten' box with some Kan Ban Christmas kits in - a couple of them totally unused as yet. What I like about this particular kit is that it's pretty easy to select a sheet of decoupage (today's big word?) and some backing card to co-ordinate and whip up half a dozen cards on a little production line - a production line is a sure sign of panic here :( There are poinsettias, chandeliers and reindeer in combinations of ruby/red and a sort of pink colour, along with teal. I made six cards practically the same using one of the sets of reindeer and here's one of them:
I hadn't realised just how 'puffy' these reindeer are - almost like padded satin, very strokeable! And having another look just before publishing this, they also look just a tad snooty :) The worst part though of this kit is the teeny little bits of white edging that you have to carefully snip off once the image has been removed from the 'holding sheets' in the kit - it seems worse than others I've had. That was fine for the reindeer but the sentiments were something else! As they're edged in red foiling you can't help but sometimes end up with a little speck of white showing even after they've been trimmed. But, aha, I remembered a little trick and just ran a red Pro Marker round the edge which cured it so easily :)

I used:

- DL card stock 
- Kan Ban's 'Elegance' Christmas toppers and card kit - bought from QVC just after last Christmas, even the cream card that I stuck the reindeer onto (using 3-D foam for even more dimension) came with the kit

- red mirri card from stash

- Josy Rose nail heads

Bingo - six more for the box :)

I've just remembered that St Luke's Hospice are having a Christmas Fayre next weekend so I guess I'll have to put my thinking cap on and come up with something other than mass produced cards to pop in the post to them ASAP. Hey, ho - no rest for the wicked! But there again, at the North Pole it's probably 'HO, ho - no rest for Santa' right now :)) Oooer, that reminds me ages since we watched the 'Polar Express', almost a year at least - a must in the run-up to Christmas!



  1. Another gorgeous Christmas card :) I love the reindeer and the colour combo is fab, its really lovely.

  2. Hee hee . . . I love your snooty reindeer! xxxx

  3. I'm worn out now reading all this hard work...have a sit down hon and put your feet up with a well earned cuppa! fabulous card, snooty looking or not, they are fab! Keep 'em

  4. Lovely colours, Di - think I'd better be making a start... xxx

  5. This is so pretty, love the red and blue colour scheme
    Lindsay xx

  6. Great card - he might look snooty, but with those antlers he does have good reason to be proud of himself. Even if you did have to snip away the little nuisance bits from the dies cuts you probably made your six cards faster than it takes for me to make one - keep that up and you'll not have to resort to buying.

    Re: the chicken drumsticks, to skin or not to skin,that was your question. Alan does not skin them, a) because he's not into 'wasting too much time' on food preparation, and b) he reckons there's a lot of goodness on the underside of the skin! I thought it was just fat and methinks he is confusing chicken with potatoes, but he's the chef in this case. I hate the skin so I remove it once it's been served up - in fact, if you peer closely at my dish, you'll see that I already started to do that before I remembered to get the camera out :) So, I'd say that if you want to remove the skin, then go ahead and do it. Elizabeth x

  7. Lol, definitely looks a little too big for his boots, but he is beautiful. Love the red and blue colour combo. Another Polar Express fan here too, but a must for me every Christmas is Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, takes me right back to being a kid!


  8. Hi Di, Another fabulous creation what a beautiful Reindeer l think its just great not too big for its boots you have done it proud! love the background too! not be too pleased to recieve a bought card having seen all your lovely creations Di so you'd better get working those fingers a lot faster so you can finish them off and they will then all be handmade although they do take a lot of time l'm just about finished with mine and l had lots to do too:) Sandra H

  9. A beautiful card! Love the reindeer image and the colour combo.
    Diane xx

  10. So many fab cards Di...and I've only made 24 so far! :-)
    A x

  11. Great card, love the puffy deer, background papers look great too.
    Don't you just love it when you can knock a few off quickly.

    Kath x

  12. And very nice 'His Snootyness' looks too. Huggs Mrs A.

  13. Hi Di, what a beautiful card, I remember lusting after this kit last year and not buying it, but I love this colour combo, maybe that will be my inspiration for this years colour scheme. But maybe I'll do the same as every year and leave it too late so I end up sending new year cards instead.xx


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