Holiday Cards 2016

I have been making Christmas cards as long as I remember but never have I done so many cards at once like this year. Usually, I have 15 to 20 recipients maximum. And that one time at university where I had the urge to send a card to roughly forty people, I came up with a fun poem, added some fun images and sent it via e-mail as a PDF file :-).

This year, however, I made about fifty Christmas cards. The reason: I got married and I wanted to show my thanks and appreciation by sending every guest (or rather household) a handemade card. With a full-time job and lots of other things happening all at once, it was not easy. But at least I was able to borrow the helping hands of my husband :-).

For this year’s holiday card, I used Lawn Fawn’s newly released Pop Up Die, as well as the stamp sets Toboggan Together and Snow Cool.

Since the focal point of this card was the inside (pop-up!), I wanted the outside to be very simple. So, I decided to cut larger strips of cardstock with a sentiment stamped (and heat embossed) on it:

Yes, it was a lot of work and yes, it was worth it. What I learned from this experience: I am definitely able to mass-produce cards and I really should opt for an easier layout next year :-).

Thank you for stopping by!

“Holiday Style” homework

Almost exactly one year ago, I attended my very first interactive Online Card Class: Holiday Style. I had done three classes prior to this one but all of them were already in independent mode. You can probably imagine how excited I was to finally attend an interactive class!

I was determined to do “homework” on all days of class but, unfortunately, I was unable to do so because my crafting supplies were very limited back then. For instance, on Day 9 the theme was Soft & Subtle Cards but I had no vellum or watercolours to make such cards. I did, however, make the following four cards for this class.

For Day 1 Simple Cards I made this Penguin card:

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border and the Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper pad Let’s Bokeh in the Snow.

For Day 3 Classic & Elegant Cards, I tried glitter for the first time :-).

From pattern paper, I die-cut a circle shape, covered it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from the stamp set “Ornament Greetings” by Stampendous which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed the borders of the card base with gold embossing powder.

For Day 5 Cute & Whimsical Cards I made two cards. The first is the “Holiday Picture”-card:

For this card, I used Science of Love, Trim the Tree, Hats Off to You and the coordinating die for Say Cheese (all by Lawn Fawn). With some masking, I made the picture look as though two birds are in front of the Christmas tree. I used COPIC markers to colour the images; the gold was done with a gold gel pen. To make the photo look a bit withered I added some Antique Linen Distress Ink to the edges of the photo.

The second whimsical card is the “Holiday Elephants”-card:

For this, I used Lawn Fawn’s Winter Gifts, the coordinating die Tag You’re It and the mini stamp set Love You Tons. I made the card look as though it is a present with the gift tag as the focal point. To underline the gift-giving act, I wanted one of the elephants to carry a present.

I originally posted the photos on my old Pinterest page and linked it to the OCC Holiday Style site.

I hope you enjoyed this card! Have a nice day!