Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmassy cards

I've finished writing and enveloping all my Christmas cards now... started making them months ago, and with one final push this week, I've done them all :)

Here are just a few of my creations which I've entered into the St Luke's Charity Challenge. I'll be having a look through my pile of cards and sending some away to help raise money for this brilliant cause.

I've been getting into embossing powders in a big way, but still a little bemused about which papers/inks work best... I seem to have one particular ink pad (colour best described as "snot green") which stays wet for hours. The others seem much drier, even though they were bought at the same time and are the same company! I have invested in an embossing ink pad though which is more like glue... and that is how I made this one below:

 Tim Holtz embossing folder

Embossing ink pad splodged across most of the page and covered with Tinsel Snowflake papermania embossing powder - I scraped across the page a bit with the palm of my hand to dislodge some of the powder and make sure the embossing was very textured rather than smooth.
Snowflakes stamped on the red shape (sizzix tickets die) in red for detail
Noel stamp and edges embossed in white.

 I like this one for the simplicity of it... a couple of pieces of stash paper cut into rectangles, with a sizzix die cut out, edged with a silver pen and stamped christmas images finished with some silver detail and purple gems. This one is for my sister who loves purple things.

The light hasn't done justice to the glitter in this card.
Dotty embossing folder (LOVE this one!) on a sizzix ticket die.
Snowflakes stamp and tinsel snowflake embossing powder, also tinsel snowflake along the bottom.
Noel stamp embossed with papermania black sparkle powder.
Finished with some framing and a shop bought robin. The robin has some lovely sparkle too - can you tell I'm a glitter lover?!

And finally... nestabilities long deckled rectangles die with the dotty embossing folder, edged in a grey/blue chalk fluid ink.
Some snowflake paper from the stash, with Anita's clear gloss dotted on (love that stuff).
A Merry Christmas sentiment (actually cut from a piece of paper stash) and a reindeer die cut.

I've really enjoyed making these... I've done about 30 different cards in total, and it's been a lot of fun... but I am looking forward to making cards which aren't for Christmas again! Trouble is, I have such a huge stash of cards for birthdays, thank yous etc, I need to send more!


  1. Hi M. Thank you for visiting me yesterday. Great selection of Christmas cards here. I, too, have a sister who likes all things purple and glittery! x

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments Sandra :)

  3. Hi M

    What a fantastic collection of Christmas cards.

    Lots of lovely variety. They are all great but if I had to choose a favourite I would go for the last one. Love the reindeer and the touches of gloss you have added.

    You mentioned on my blog not having coloured any stamped images yet .. .. you will .. .. but beware it is very addictive .. .. but very enjoyable too!!!

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  4. Thanks Jules :) I love the reindeer one too. The gloss is one of my favourite things to use at the moment!

    I've never been very good at colouring in, so I think I might leave colouring of stamps for a while... it seems the more I get into crafting, the more there is to learn... the list is endless, but in a good way!


  5. What a super selection of Christmas cards. My favourite is the purple one with the pretty ornaments. Thanks so much for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  6. What a super selection of cards. It`s hard to choose a favourite. Thank you so much for joining us at St Lukes this month.
    Lynne xxx

  7. What a great set of cards - I think I like the last one best, but only because I have a think for reindeer and moose - my house is currently covered in them!
    Thanks so much for playing along at St Lukes.
    Tara (aka Craftilicious) x
    St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Founder

  8. I love your range of Christmas cards M, they sure are sparkly and cute :)
    So pleased you joined us this month at St Luke's, sorry I'm so late in commenting.
    Happy New to you!
    Jenny X