I finally spent some time over the weekend making Christmas cards! I’ve been so busy working on my other art for my Shop, that I’d been putting off card making. Not a good thing to do, when I have so many to make. Plus, I need to mail some to Scotland, so I can’t wait too long! Knowing that I was cutting things close, I decided to make it easy on myself, and ordered a card kit. Depending on how long you’ve followed my blog, you may know that I was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 7 years. I made some wonderful friends and had a terrific team of ladies that I still keep in touch with. So I ordered the holiday Paper Pumpkin kit from one of them.
The great thing about card kits is that they come with everything you need to put the cards together. Of course, I can’t make it *that* easy for myself, so I always make some changes, and add some of my own touches. This photo below shows the cards as they were designed, for the kit, in the instruction booklet.
The kit comes with the gorgeous envelopes, too!
Here are 2 of the variations of the kit that I made. I added some reindeer by die cutting the Tim Holtz Darling Deer dies from buff coloured cardstock. I then blended on some Tea Dye distress ink for shading, and added highlights with a white gel pen. Don’t you love how I added the little spots to the baby deer?!
You can see that I used the cut out positive of the vellum trees on the bottom card, and the negative on the top card. Waste not, want not!
The kit comes with 5 each of 2 different card bases; the green that you see above, and the printed trees with snowflakes that you see below. I wanted to stretch the use of the printed bases, so I cut them in half to use as a front panel for some cards.
For the card on the left, above, I used the whole card base, adding 2 deer. On the right, I used a cut down front panel, and added it to a red card base. I flipped over the greed plaid circle, and stamped the trees & snowflakes stamps (included in the kit) in soft gray, behind the sentiment in red.
MORE VARIATIONS TOMORROW
I don’t want to make this post too long or photo heavy, so I’ll share some more variations of the Christmas cards I made with this kit, tomorrow. This kit was from October, so I’m not sure if they’re still available. If you’re like me and crunched for time, I highly recommend card kits! They’re also great starting off points for making your own variations, like I did. Or if you’re stuck for layout ideas.
Have fun creating, and getting ready for the holidays!
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