If I have any chance of making enough Christmas cards this year, I am absolutely going to have to do a few small batches of relatively simple cards. And this is the first of those. Not that it hasn’t taken me most of a day to finish them off, finding time in between the daily routine, but at least I have four cards to show for it rather than just one.
The design is, let’s be honest, copied from a card that I spotted recently by Lisa Tilson over on Instagram. I tweaked it slightly, giving it a narrow border and adding a few gems to bling it up a bit more, but I just loved how striking and contemporary the design idea was. I could have changed the palette, but the red and gold works so well; though I am quite tempted to make another set in maybe violet and silver.
The process was straightforward. Do a bit of ink blending to add a vignette around the red panel, splatter it with gold paint, die-cut it with a stitched frame and stick it to a card base. Die-cut snowflakes from glitter card and arrange them on the panel. Heat emboss a sentiment strip and pop it up on some thin foam tape. Finally, add a few gems for an extra bit of sparkle.
I never make big batches of cards — I can cut four standard panels from a sheet of A4 so it seems to make sense to make four cards at a time. I have come across a few more designs recently that I’m planning to adapt to the things already in my stash (tempting as it is to buy new supplies, I really don’t need any more at the moment), so there will be some more small batches in the near future. Even though I have left it late this year, I think I should be able to make enough Christmas cards (and there are always a few left over from previous years if necessary).
Lawn Fawn – merry messages
Lawn Fawn – stitched snowflakes
Clearly Besotted – snowflake trio
Stuart Semple – gold acrylic paint
Lawn Fawn – walnut dye ink
- embossing powder:
Wow! – metallic gold rich pale super fine WC01SF
Papermania adhesive stones – red
- paper and card:
Papermill Direct – plain Christmas red 270gsm
Papermill Direct – plain black 250gsm
Hunkydory Matt-tastic – liquorice
thin black foam tape