Stamping cards for the holidays is something my MIL enjoys on her visits, so we hauled several bins upstairs to the kitchen to use the counter. It gives us more light and more room than the worktable down in the basement.
DH pulled the chairs from the pub table to hold more bins of stamping supplies.
I have this beautiful dark green card stock, so I cut a bunch of blanks to start. I have a little piece of painter’s tape on the measuring arm to easily see where I need to cut.
My dear friend Gail sent me this wonderful stamped card this year. She is so very talented, and creative with stamping!
I wanted to try to duplicate her technique, so I masked off a rectangle with another bit of card stock.
Using different stamps, and red ink, the edges were stamped.
Oh, crap. The top stamp didn’t ink well in the center.
So I fixed it by stamping the word Joy over the bare spot. Looks like I planned it that way, doesn’t it?
For the green card stock, I gathered some elements and played with the placement.
When I had one done, MIL used it as a template to make one of her own.
I rarely use this snowflake punch, this year it got a bit of a workout. Punching out the snowflake on the green, and it will show the white from the inside through the holes.
A bit of ribbon, and some trees with a burgundy mounting board added.
Still some space at the top, I thought about putting a stamped snowflake there, but decided to punch two more instead.
On the inside, two stamps with different color ink add more interest to the sentiment.
So cute, I did another one with reindeer and dark red velvet ribbon.
MIL stamped some little snowflakes on the bottom of her cards on the inside, cute idea.
Last card was a recycle idea, using a bit from another commercially made card. I cut the element out, mounted it on dark red cardstock and set it aside for a moment.
Using a Versamark stamp (a sticky stuff stamp pad) and a snowflake stamp, I put snowflakes around the edge of the card. Then, I dusted them with glitter dust.
Tapping off the excess glitter, I mounted the element in the middle, and added white card stock inside for writing.
So here are MIL’s cards she finished. She did Gail’s technique in green.
Here are mine.
Whew, just in time to mail before Christmas!
I need to get these addressed so I can mail them as soon as possible.
Do you still send Christmas cards?