In all probability this is the last batch of xmas cards that I’ll be showing you this year. The last one was an order and I made 25 of those. The tree and star stamp are by StampinUp! and they belong to my very first stamp set that i ever purchased. They are wood mounted. It felt weird using wood mounted stamps after such a long time coz I’ve been a clear stamp convert for a while now.
The embossing on the red paper in the fourth card from above (Peace, love and Joy card with the green dotted ribbon) was done using my age-old Fiskars embossing template. I actually bought it for my kids to play with. My kids loved to rub their crayons over it to make designs on paper. Ha ha….guess who is using it now. Running it through the Cuttlebug took some trial and error….but eventually I got it right.
My local stationery store, Ananda Stores, now carries the Fiskars Embossing Templates in packs of six (templates are double sided so that’s 12 deisgns in all). And for all those clear stamp lovers, he also carries a set of 10 different sized acrylic blocks (1omm thickness) for Rs.650. They are not available off the shelf. You have to place an order for it and he takes about 2 weeks to get them ready. An awesome deal, I tell ya. So that’s my good deed for the day.
One layer cards have been a challenge for me. I am just not a one-layer kinda girl. But I had to try…..and like that little spider in the story I tried and tried and tried again until I was satisfied with my attempts. I am very proud to show you my first successful attempt at one-layer cards. Now…I do have to tell you that I ruined a whole bunch of pristine white cardstock in this process. But then no pain…..no gain…..right?
I have to thank Susan for the umpteen tutorials on her blog for she is the Queen of one-layer cards. And to Tejal for introducing Susan’s work to me. Thanks guys. Have been inspired by both of you.
I made this accordian album for a neighbour who celebrates Christmas. Same line of pp again (Papermania). I have a lot of it so this season I’m trying to use it all up. Need an excuse to buy more xmas papers for next year….right?
Stamps are once again courtesy Shobana and PTI (Holiday Tags 2010 and Communique Curves)
Two of the smaller sized cards that I made this time. I am showing you guys just a sample of the xmas cards. I am sure you would find it very boring to see every one of the 50 cards that I made.
The JOY scalloped tag on the first card is a copy of a similar one done in the exact colours by Debbie Olsen (DT of PTI). I loved the way she layered the stamps and got a totally new look. Thank you Debbie.
The red pp on the second card is a faux leather looking pp with a shine to it. Beautiful rich red it is. I have lots of it so you will be seeing a lot of it too.
This post is dedicated to my dear friend Shobana, without whose help these cards would have been impossible to make. She very generously shared her brand new PTI Christmas stamps with me and I was inspired. Got her hooked onto stamping too……..Each and every stamped image in these cards is from those stamps. I was so thrilled by her kind gesture that I got working the instant the stamps touched my hands. This holiday season I ended up making almost 50 xmas cards.
All cardstock is local and the patterned paper is from a paper pack called Joyeux Noel by Papermania. Absolutely luscious xmas papers designed by Stephanie Dyment. A best buy…really.
More xmas goodies coming up…..stayed tuned…..