Monday, December 19, 2011

Blue Christmas #93

Happy Monday.  I know for a few of us, this is a crazy Christmas shopping day.  But, I wanted to take a break, and share a card with you.  If you are one of the few folks who receive a hand-made Christmas card from us, this is the card you have received in the mail.  
I purchased this paper several years ago; probably 4-5 yrs ago, when this company, Scenic Route, was experiencing some financial difficulties.  The store in which I purchased it, only had 10 sheets left.  well, I bought them all.  And yes, I have been hoarding them, until I found the perfect project.  Well, this is the year!  
But, I needed some guidance, so I went over to Sasya Sketches for a look see.  Well, they have a few days left on their card sketch challenge, so here it is:

This sketch was easy to work with, and you could potentially make a variety of cards for different occasions.  So, why not our annual Christmas card? and here it is:

I wanted my card to look 'vintage' without too much work.  Not that I'm lazy.  I just need to make 40 of them.  So, you see, I didn't want to distress or work on a hundred little pieces.  Plus, I needed them to be relatively flat.  They need to be mailed.  I didn't want to spend $2.25 on postage for each card.  Not that I'm cheap.  I just need to mail 40 of them.

I wanted our Christmas card to have a 'cozy' feel to it.  So, that is how this gorgeous snowflake pattern paper came about.  I added one of my all time favorite crochet trims to the card.  Along with one of my multi-loop bows made from seam binding and a button brad.  Along with my all time favorite vintage tags, which has a snow flake heat embossed on it.   I just had to tie a button and tag onto the crochet trim.

To give my card a bit of sparkle, I did add a rhinestone jewels to the center of the printed snowflakes.  No shimmer mist on this card.
I used products from three companies: Stampin' Up!, Scenic Route, and Paper Trey Ink.  Not too bad, if I say for myself!  I did want to add some hand-painted jingle bells to the cards.  But, they would have driven the price of postage through the preverbal roof.  So, if your Christmas card is hand-delivered, look for those hand-pained jingle bells.

Happy Holidays!  Check back periodically this week, as the design teams are still busy, and I'll also be posting some photos of hand-made Christmas gifts.


Анна said...

Красивая и нежная открытка! Прекрасная работа!
Счастливого Нового Года и Рождества!!!

Irina Gerschuk said...

Wonderful card! Luv the colors!
Thnx for playing with s'Sketches!