Day 4 | A Little Christmas Giving

Christmas is all about the giving–from the biggest to the smallest to the gifts of the heart. And at this time of year it’s always fun to have something ready for just such an occasion.

Take a look at these wonderful cards that Nichol has made using the Christmas Greetings 1 and Christmas Greetings 2 stamp sets!

 

 

 

 

I love the simplistic elegance of these cards! Similar, but each one being unique. And wow…the embossed phrase! I love that!

Let’s hear what Nichol has to say:

Clean and simple cards bring the focus and attention to the most important aspect of a design. The text from Christmas Greetings 1 & 2 is the star of the show with the awesome tree image the perfect supporting cast! I stamped the trees with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled  Paint and Vintage Photo. I used the MISTI to stamp them so I could stamp the image one on top of another for a nice bold stamped image. The star was stamped with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink and then the whole thing was spritzed with water from a Distress Sprayer. Distress Inks react with water and some of the color wicks away from where the water is applied. This gives a little less “perfect” tree image but doesn’t create too much distress.

Next, I made sure the background was completely dry by hitting it with a heat tool and then stamped greetings over each tree image with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink. Again, I stamped the image one on top of another to make sure there was plenty of pigment ink and then embossed with greetings with clear embossing powder. The clear powder allows the color of the ink to shine through while giving it a glossy, shiny finish!

I embossed 1/4” around all sides of the background using a scoring board and bone folder for a simple frame.

Each card was finished with a scattering of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Pale Gold.

These make awesome cards but I think they would also be great sized to fit inside Project Life pocket pages, framed up as holiday decor, etc.!

 

And now, not only is it the season of card giving, but gift giving. And creatively styled packaging is so much fun to receive! Especially when it’s a brown paper package tied up with string…or three different types of ribbon and a couple branches and some berries. ;)

 

 

Putting today’s one-day freebie, the Christmas Branch, on a package was all I kept thinking about when designing it. Of course it would be fun to use with any type of project, but I loved the idea of being able to cut your own branch when you don’t have any real branches close by. I know I’m always frustrated by it. :) It would be fun to cut a few of these in different sizes just to keep on hand. They’d look great with so many things!

I also combined it with one of my favorite packaging designs, the Box And Wrap kit. If you haven’t seen this yet, you should check it out. It allows you to make an even bigger box than you’d get from cutting just one piece of cardstock…because you use two.

 

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(Please note, the two Christmas Greetings stamps are not on sale because they are brand new.)

2017-12-04T08:07:40+00:00 December 4th, 2017|cards, stamps|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. taylor.home10 December 4, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Thank you for the Christmas Branch :)

  2. Stacey Maple December 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The cards are beautiful. Thank you so much for the pretty branch!

  3. jamie pate December 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

    oooohhhh. that branch. thank you so much!

  4. Yvonne Garrett December 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I love the way that the embossing gives the simplicity of the cards an elegance! Nice! Thank you for the branch! And the ideas for how to use it! How cute!

  5. Bernice Janssen December 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Kerri, just a quick question…I always thought the saying about “There’ll be Mistletoeing” should include “loved” ones rather than ” love ones”. Am I incorrect or is it a typo?

    • Kerri Bradford December 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      I looked up the lyrics online. Not sure if it’s 100% correct. Just like ‘o’er the fields we go’ also had ‘o’er the hills we go’. I’ve always thought ‘loved’, but after seeing the lyrics thought I misunderstood it all this time. :) Two sources, Google and Metro Lyrics show it as ‘love.’ Soooo…I went with that. :)

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