Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas Cards - Inspired by Therese

This year I have been playing in a monthly Christmas Card Challenge put on by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I have 30 cards done now. However, the month of August stumped me: use three designer papers on your card.

I had the idea that I wanted to do ornaments made by die cutting papers with my Cuttlebug ornament die, yet wasn't really inspired. But then I visited (a fellow Canadian Stamp Talk member) Therese Malak's blog and saw her pink ornaments with the "wave" cut through them (please click on the link and go see them) and knew I had to try that.

I used Tim Holtz' Brackets steel die and cut 6 ornaments apart in one pass through my Cuttlebug, which means I could easily paperpiece (mix and match) tops and bottoms and they would all fit well together, with a bit of space on white cardstock to allow the "wave" (more of a thin scallop on mine) to peek through. The designer papers had glitter on them, so I used my Stardust Clear Glitter Pen to outline my white insets as well.

I added a stamped and embossed ornament to each of these cards from the Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Ornaments set, cut out with Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornaments. The "branch" is another Tim Holtz steel die: Flourishes. Bonus: these cards are flat, for easy and cheap mailing in December!

Thanks, Therese, for the inspiration! I am entering this in the Christmas Card Challenge Week 46, too.


Therese said...

Great cards!! I have been holding off buying a flourish die not being sure how much I would use one!! Well, your card has inspired me to just go out and buy one because it makes an elegant branch to hang ornaments from!!
So glad that you were inspired by my pink cards!!


SherylH said...

Beautiful -- great use of both TH dies!

Maureen said...

Awesome! What a great way to make similar cards, but with different papers... a nice way to do a whole bunch of Christmas greetings! I love the flourish die; I would never have thought to use it as a branch! Love it!

Alanna said...

What lovely cards. I love those ornaments. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

Debgem said...

A super set of cards - I like that each card has a different background paper and the papers move around the baubles! Such fun!

And you've reminded me that I've not yet made cards for the July to Oct challenges set for us! Must go remedy that!

Candace said...

These cards are beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges! :)