The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 10 & 11

Hello and welcome back to day 10 and 11 of my holiday card series! We have had a few unexpected things come up so I haven’t been able to post on time the last couple days. Sorry about that!

Day 10’s card features a simple trick but one I always forget about – stamping onto dark or colored cardstock. I love the way the white and silver pigment inks *pop* off the blue paper to create a completely different look than the regular ink on white.

The wreath stamp is from Hero Arts; the berries, bow and sentiment from PTI’s Bells & Boughs. Both older sets. I don’t know why but sometimes it seems like I need to hold onto a stamp set for awhile (in this case a year or two!) before putting it to proper use. It just sits there and is admired on the shelf – what a shame! Does anyone else do that too?!

Here’s a set however that was just too good to leave sit – one that saw ink in the very same week it arrived! Wow, I know! This is day 11.

I am a sucker for all things nature inspired but especially animal mounts. We see deer all the time here (so often in fact one cracked my radiator just a few weeks back) so it’s not some sort of rare thing, just something that is striking.

Because this set of images looks so nice on it’s own, a CAS card seemed in order, with the help of a few Colorbox Premium Dye Inks. Gorgeous, vibrant color every time.

And that’s all for today. Will be back tomorrow with one final post!

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid
Day6: Pink & Woodgrain
Day 7: Rainbow Colors
Day 8: Merry & Bright
Day 9: Embossed Dies


The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 1

Hello there and hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In honor of the holidays, I thought it might be fun to put together a card series to give motivation to anyone out there who is still needing to make their Christmas cards and, well, to help get a little extra use out of my own holiday product stash as well.

I’ll be posting a new card or holiday project each day for the next twelve days and there will be a big box of prizes for one lucky winner as well. Feel free to take inspiration, share your own creations in the link up tool below and cheer one another on as we all try to check off our holiday to-do lists this month!

First up is a card set created with some older product from Pink Paislee, Papertrey Ink and Prima – all my favorite P companies. Vintage Christmas is so very beautiful and is a hard style for me to replicate, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!

Since the paper was really stumping me, I chose to use it as a background and just stamp and layer bits and pieces over the top to continue the collage feel, a la Melissa Phillips. The inks are all from the Colorbox Decades line for Graphic 45, which have a nice antique look and the stamps are an oldie but goodie – Bells & Boughs from PTI.

Sometimes doubling up on cards when you have a lot to make is the way to go. Each one is still unique but using the same set of supplies (they’re already out and if you’re like me, spread all over your space) and a similar layout saves a lot of time.

So that’s it for the first post. And like I mentioned, there is a big box full of goodies (yet to be photographed) that I would like to send out to one of you as Christmas gift. If you are interested leave a comment below, link up a project, like my FB page or anything else you can think of. 🙂

I’ll leave the linky up through Dec.24th – since we’ll all likely be working up to the last minute – and will choose a winner after Christmas.

Happy Holidays to you!