Holiday Cards in Non-Traditional Colors

01-paperinspirationI was sorting through some of my 6×6 paper pads recently because I wanted to get them all entered into my papercrafting inventory system I’ve been setting up on Evernote. It’s been great going through this process because I’ve been rediscovering things I had completely forgotten I owned.

One of the things I came across was the Frosty Friends 6×6 paper pad from Doodlebug Design. I purchased this paper pad last year after seeing it in a class I took at my local stamp store (LSS). I just fell in love with all the adorable little snowmen and penguin as soon as I saw them! Upon finding it again in my stash, I immediately decided I wanted to use it for some of my holiday cards this year.

In order to get maximum benefit to such cute papers, I decided to use a modified 6×6 version of the one sheet wonder method. I found a really nice cutting guide over at Kathryn’s Cards that utilizes sketches from the Operation Write Home organization run by Sandy Allnock. Even though the organization is in the process of shutting down, all of the fabulous OWH sketches are still available on the website, but you might want to download them now to ensure you will have a copy going forward.

For my cards, I opted to follow her Kathryn’s template 2, so I ended up with 8 cards out of 6 pieces of paper with only one very small scrap remaining. Here are my cards. As always, you can click on any of the images for a larger view.

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I absolutely LOVED how quickly these cards went together. It was awesome! The script Merry Christmas sentiment came from the Merry Christmas Messages stamp set from Hero Arts. The little birds and accompanying sentiments were from the Winter Sparrows stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I colored the birds using a couple of my Copic markers. The ornament is from the Funky Round Tag Fri-Dies set from CAS-ual Fridays with a small bow made out of ivory burlap twine from May Arts attached at the top. The sentiments stamped on them are from the Happy Everything stamp set, also from Lawn Fawn. I sponged the edges of all the white cardstock elements with Glacier ink from Close to My Heart using a fingertip sponge dauber.

I was so inspired by the non-traditional colors in the paper that I ended up making a couple of other cards using the same paper pad. Here’s a look at them.

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For these cards, I used the Color Block Cutting Plate from Taylored Expressions to create my border. I ran the plate through my die cutting machine a few more times using some of the patterned papers from the pad to create the patterned squares I used in the card. I stamped the focus images and sentiments from the Don We Now Our Ugly Sweaters stamp/die collection from Simon Says Stamp. I colored the sweaters using my Copic markers. For a little extra detail, I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to both sweaters and some Glossy Accents to the gingerbread men on the sweater vest. To finish things off, I added a few sequins around the sentiments from the Crystal Reflections mix, also from Simon Says Stamp.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I’m entering my sweater vest card in the current Wednesday Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp blog. The theme for this week’s challenge is Make It Colorful and is showcasing Doodlebug Designs products, so my card fits the theme perfectly.

I had a lot of fun making all these cards and hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them. I just want to close out by thanking everyone so much for your kind comments about my video in my previous post. I’ve had so many awesome comments in the Stamping Enablers group on Facebook as well as lots of nice comments over on my YouTube channel, including quite a few thumbs up on my video. Thank you all so much! I truly appreciate it.Given it’s the last long holiday weekend of summer here in the U.S., I’ve been blown away by the response I’ve received. The video actually might lead to another pretty amazing opportunity for me, if all goes well! Please keep your fingers crossed for me and I’ll provide more details if it all comes together.

Until next time …

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6 comments

  1. Noreen says:

    My first visit! I really enjoyed it and I will be back again. I haven’t started my Evernote inventory, but that is my next project. Great cards from a really cute paper pack! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Virginia L. says:

    Wow, truly awesome, Melissa! I love the layering and coloring! You did a fabulous job on using the pattern paper! Way to go! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Make It Colorful” Challenge! (see ya over SA group over FB)!

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