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Friday, 21 November 2008

YIPPEE!!!!!! I've made some Christmas cards!

I have finally made some Christmas cards - nine in total!!!

I have three designs and three of each.

They are all variations on a theme as they were all made using the tag stamp from the Papermania Let It Snow set, but each is completely different.

However, this was definitely a lesson in pick your patterned paper first and then choose which coloured card to work with.

The first card I started with some lovely Aegean blue card, but having made up the tags I discovered I didn't have any blue patterned papers to complement the tag!!!

The tag was stamped onto the blue card using the large tag stamp from the Papermania Let It Snow stamp set and silver embossed.

The centre section was stamped and embossed again onto white hammer card and small snowflakes from the HOTP Christmas Motifs stamp set were stamped on it using Whispers Azure Seas Permanent Dye ink.

The Snowflake/Let It Snow stamp was stamped using Ink It Up! Bright Blue Pigment ink and silver embossed. The words and snowflake were coloured with a blue Sakura Stardust pen and highlighted with white Sakura Souffle pen. The edges of the image panel were pricked with a pricking tool, and silver metallic weave ribbon was threaded through the tag.

Blue card to match the tag was matted on to silver mirror card. A strip of Anita's Classic Christmas Silver vellum was stamped using the Wavy Merry Christmas Border stamp from the See D's Christmas Messages stamp set using Ink It Up! Bright Blue Pigment ink and silver embossed. The vellum was attached to the card pieces using mini silver brads at the ends.

Snowflakes were stamped in the bottom right hand corner using Ink It Up! Bright Blue Pigment ink and silver embossed.

I thought the second design would be easier as I started with a lime green tag and I knew I had lime green patterned papers - but then I discovered that the tag didn't really show up on the green so had to pick complementary colours to show it off.

The tag was made in the same way as the blue one but with lime green card, the snowflakes were stamped using Whispers Savoy Green Permanent Dye ink, and the Christmas Tree image and text, also from the Papermania Let It Snow stamp set, was stamped using ColorBox Apple Green Pigment ink and silver embossed.

A square card was folded to create a fold-back card.

Two pieces of paper from the Papermania Naughty and Nice Christmas paper pack were attached to a piece of silver mirror card and attached to the inside of the card. A line of Glitz It Pear Green Glitter Glue was added along the join line.

A matching piece of paper from the Naughty and Nice paper was matted onto silver mirror card and attached to the fold-back section of the card. The tag was attached over the folded edge of the card.

The third card was just as difficult. The green card was just the wrong shade of green to go with most of the green patterned papers I have and in the end I opted for a black and white card with a hint of green!!!

Again, the tag was made up in the same way using dark green card, but the snowflakes were stamped using Whispers Pine Green Permanent Dye ink and the mistletoe image and text from the Papermania Let It Snow stamp set was stamped using ColorBox Apple Green Pigment ink and silver embossed. The mistletoe berries were coloured using a white Sakura Souffle pen.

The fold-back card this time was made from an A6 card blank and the patterned papers, also matted on silver mirror card, are from the Anita's Classic Christmas Black paper pack.

9 comments:

Eisbärin said...

Hello Kathleen, gorgeous new cards! I am struggling to decide which I love best, but I am tending towards the last one, the papers are just up my street! Love them all, though!

Kim Piggott said...

Wonderful cards Kathleen!
Love that tag. You certainly matched those papers beautifully in the end.
They look gorgeous.
hugs
kim xxx

Tara said...

Fantastic cards Kathleen, it really is nice to see someone make something a bit different, love 'em! xx

jackie said...

I really like them all Kathleen, but if I had to choose would be the blue snowflakes one because they are falling like crazy outside.lol...Hugs
Jackie xx

jackie said...

Hiya Kathleen, me again....Have put a little something for you on my blog, hope you like it...you can find it over here....
http://jackies-spellbindingcards.blogspot.com/

debby4000 said...

Fabulous Christmas cards, love the tag idea.

a message from gillyflower said...

wow what great cards love the subtle colours especially the middle on gorgeous well done you
gill

Rica said...

Gorgeous cards Kathleen, elgeant and different - the green one is definitely my favourite. hugs Heather xx

Kirsten said...

Hi Kathleen, love these cards & tags. The papers are fab. Kirsten. PS There is something on my blog for you.

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