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Stamping Sunday – Quick and Easy Christmas cards

Good Sunday morning to you!

Yesterday was World Cardmaking Day!  Did you get a chance to be crafty?  Whether you made cards, worked on a layout, painted a dresser, or baked a cake, I hope you had a chance to be crafty yesterday.

I had the pleasure of being asked to create a card for the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog in honor of Thanksgiving.  To see the Amber Road line put to work, and get instructions on recreating my card as well as 11 other cards for every month in the year, please go here.

Today I thought I’d share a quick and easy Christmas card idea.  Yes, it’s almost that time of year, and if you are one who makes cards to send to friends and family, it’s time to get those paper cutters out!

This card has a simple design, perfect for recreating en masse, and also allows for a holiday family photo to be tucked behind the sentiment.

To recreate this card:

1.  Trim cardstock base at 5.5″ x 9″.  Fold and score to create a 4.5″ x 5.5″ card base.

2.  Trim the Naughty or Nice polkadot pattern from the Mistletoe & Co. line (which should be shipping now!) at 4″ x 5″.  Round the corners, adhere, and if you are feeling brave, stitch the perimeter (although my stitchery is akin to a drunken sailor on my corners there, lol.  Oh well, it makes it more homespun).

3.  Next is a fun technique.  I took cream colored dotted swiss cardstock from Bazzill, arranged the star stamps from the Mistletoe & Co. stamp set on my clear block, and repeatedly stamped with clear embossing ink all over my cardstock.  I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on my stars, and with my heating tool, embossed the cardstock for an added texture.

After doing this repeatedly, I trimmed the cardstock into strips that were 1.75″ x 4.5″.  If you have stamped all over a 12×12 piece of cardstock, you will create a lot of these strips for your Christmas cards.

After doing this, I used a large circle punch on the North Pole pattern, large enough to fit my sentiment.  I then stamped the “Peace and Joy” sentiment from the stamp set with Stazon ink.

This is another step that can be done in an assembly line fashion.

Once these steps were finished, I took white Karen Foster floss and wrapped it around the strips of dotted swiss cardstock, and tied bows around buttons.  I then adhered it to my card, adhered the sentiment circle, and my voila, the card was finished.

If you are planning on making your own Christmas cards this year, I hope you do so with enough time to get them finished and still enjoy the holiday season.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Get crafty if you can.  And if that means baking cookies or zucchini bread, I’d be happy to send you my address for any extras, lol.

:)  Davinie

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14 Responses to "Stamping Sunday – Quick and Easy Christmas cards"

  • Mª Jesús
    October 4, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Qué bonitas que son!!!

  • Beth Perry
    October 4, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    love the star technique!!! so subtle, yet so beautifully awesome!

  • ShellyJ
    October 4, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    love it! … you rock Davinie :)

  • dee dee
    October 4, 2009 - 11:37 pm

    Love the embossing. :)

  • Danielle
    October 5, 2009 - 8:44 am

    these are cute and would be really quick and easy to make! love the stars..perfect little touch!

  • Tara Powell
    October 5, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    This is an awesome card, I have been doing a lot of heat embossing lately also and love the look it gives :)

  • sarah
    October 5, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    awesome stuff on this post! :) tfs!

  • Kim Watson
    October 7, 2009 - 4:17 am

    Thanks for the great idea Dani! The stars are a super touch too…..I think I’d better get started with my cards early this year…I tend to lose steam half way though & give up, but after seeing just how simple it can be, you have inspired me for sure!!

  • Lara
    October 8, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    I love the star tutorial! Very inventive. I might try this. Got some Mistletoe and Co on its way to my house! Woohoo!

  • Angela Webster
    October 9, 2009 - 9:02 am

    This looks awesome! Thanks Dav!

  • Pattyjo
    October 10, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    Such beautiful cards! I love the background paper…it all just so pretty!
    Pattyjo

  • Roree
    October 18, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    Beautiful cards, Davinie! Love your stamping technique!