As usual, I carefully went through our 'shop bought' Christmas cards when it was time to take them down and selected any that might be useful for a spot of upcycling. I thought pickings seemed a bit lean this year - or perhaps I'm looking more critically and only keeping cards where I truly can see potential? All the hand made ones we were sent are treasured and tucked in a safe place needless to say!
The current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is 'Red'. And this is what I came up with:
- 4" x 6" white card blank
- an upcycled off cut from a Christmas card (complete with the word NOEL), die cut using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set and mounted onto a slightly larger snippets of SU's 'Lost Lagoon' card stock to pick out the colour of the birdie
- another snippet of SU's 'Lost Lagoon' card stock, trimmed just a smidgen smaller than the card front
- a snippet of white card, embossed using the Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder and trimmed down
- at this point I could work out the spacings for the image and the ribbon so next I wrapped a snippet of brown ribbon, edged with turquoise, around the lower part of the embossed piece of white card then stuck that piece of card to the larger snippet of 'Lost Lagoon'
- stuck that whole panel onto the card front and popped the image panel on top
- tied a knot of ribbon around the ribbon strip and (as always) to keep it in place I just tucked a little piece of double sided red line tape behind the knot
Really quick and easy card - but I do think the image could pass for being hand stamped and coloured :)
This is also for Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January, where it's always 'Anything Goes'. I love both of these challenges run by Hazel - a great way to steadily produce Christmas cards throughout the year rather than have a big rush in November time.
And there's also Rudolph Day each month over at ScrappyMo's plus Merry Monday every week - two more challenges I love to join in with.
Although I accept that some folk just can't face even thinking of making Christmas cards much before November, being well ahead certainly saved my bacon this past Christmas!