Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Black Series Christmas Cards

Last year I started doing a black series of Christmas cards.  I found that they were very elegant.  So this year I brought back two previous designs and added a new one.

 I call this one my ornaments card.  The ornaments are embossed in bronze, silver and gold.  The threads are hand drawn and the small "Merry Christmas" sentiment is also hand written.


 This is my favorite of the black series cards.  I got this concept from a convention I went to a couple of years ago.  It is a gate fold card.  (Meaning it closes in the front like a gate.)  It is a very elegant yet festive card.  The sentiment is layered on shiny gold cardstock which gives it an executive look.  Then the background has clear embossed hollies to give it a subtle decoration.  The card is held closed with a burgundy ribbon to match the stamped image of the cardinal.


This is the newest edition to the black series cards.  This is a rather simple card, but still very elegant.  The border is embossed with "Stampin' Up!" Tulip embossing folder on black cardstock.  The trees are actually one stamp, but I arranged them so that they looked like trees covered in snow in the wilderness.  It seemed natural that the sentiment would go under the trees.  It reminds me of a forest on a snowy winter night.  The only difference between these two, is that the bottom one has the border sponged in white ink to make it more defined.  I also like the way it looked without the sponged edge so I made this version as well. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vintage Style Christmas Cards

A couple of years ago I made some solid colored cards with a Christmas themed paper layered on top.  I didn't like these cards all that much.  As a matter of fact, I almost threw them out because I didn't think I could do much more to them to make them look better.  However, I gave them one last try this year.  I put it through the Big Shot using the "Stampin' Up!" Square Lattice Textured embossing folder and it gave the card a whole different look!  I added a sentiment, some lace or ribbon and some pearls or rhinestones to embellish it and voilà, it looks fancy and vintage.  Wow!  I really didn't think there was hope for this card, but here it is.  It also inspired other versions of it.  I used the same technique with other prints and they came it very nice, if I say so myself :)  These are also $2.00 each or 6 for $8.  Enjoy!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Time is Here!

Wow!! Can you believe that the year is already coming to an end?  Time goes by too fast!  The past couple of months have been busy for me.  Despite how fast the time has gone, it has felt like Christmas since October for me.  I started making Christmas cards in October to prepare for all the holiday craft shows I would be doing.  I have lots of goodies still left over from the shows. So if you still need Christmas cards, why not give beautifully handmade cards?  (I also have beautiful handmade bags.  I will put those on another post.)  Here are a few of the cards of I have.  I also have vintage style cards and what I call my black series cards.  I will post those later today if I have a chance.  In the meanwhile enjoy.  And if you are interested in purchasing any please contact me via email or facebook. 

Ornament Card $5.00 each or 3 for $12.00

This is my Ornament card.  I wanted to create something a little different to the traditional Christmas card.  The front is embellished with an accordion circle lined with champagne colored glass glitter from "Stampin' Up!".  There are two dimensional pieces in the front as well for some texture.  The sentiment reads: "Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed holiday season and a prosperous new year!"  You can write your own message on the back side.  These are great for teachers, bosses, family members and anyone else you want to give an extra special kind of card this Christmas.  Your recipients can hang this on their tree, in their office, or anywhere at home.  Like I said, it is not your traditional card. 

Happy Holidays antique style card, blank inside - $2.00 each or 6 for $8.00  make it a set or mix and match them!
Happy Holidays creme card, blank inside - $2.00 each or 6 for $8, make it a set or mix and match them!
These are my "Happy Holidays" creme cards.  There are two versions.  Both have been an embossed border made with "Stampin' Up!" Tulip embossing folder, and both have the same stamped images.  The differences are small, however they make a great impact on the outcome of the card.  (Top) One has the edge sponged with Chocolate Chip from "Stampin' Up!" and some Tattered Angels' Sapphire Glimmer Mist.  These elements give this card an antiqued look.  (Bottom)  While the other does not have these elements and has a clean corporate look.