Happy Holidays folks! When I decided to make my Christmas cards this year, my first thought was, hey, I can save money by making my own!
A hundred plus dollars later, I realized -not so much. But now I have a ton of awesome supplies and had a blast making these cards. I also learned a lot, so it was worth it.
I figured out how to blend distress inks, get the most out of my embossing powders, how to layer papers for impact and more. To lots of paper crafters out there, I’m sure this is amateur, but I had fun and that’s what counts, right? And I have no excuses next year because I bought enough supplies to send out Christmas cards for the rest of my life!
I can’t stand to do the same thing over and over, so I made a series of cards that I’m going to share over the next few posts. I hope y’all enjoy them!
I’ve really been into woodland creatures here lately and these are my two favorites.
The deer in woods above is a cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables. She has the cutest cut files and she offers one free every day.
I used a light blue cardstock in the background that I sponged with distress inks to create the woodsy atmosphere. I created the snow with a little stamp that had random dots on it and silver pigment ink.
The deer themselves started out as striped cardstock that I sponged with copper pigment ink and embossed with clear and iridescent powders. I’m really pleased with how this card turned out, it reminds me of walking in the woods at twilight.
This next card is from the Silhouette Design Store. Isn’t it adorable? I love the way this fox is peeping out of the trees at us.
The camera really didn’t do this one justice. It was just so darn sparkly when I was done, the camera couldn’t handle it. That’s how we roll, you know?
Anyway, I heavily embossed my fox and trees with multiple layers of clear embossing powder to give them extra dimension. The background was a piece of white cardstock with an embossed pattern that resisted the distress inks and created even more interest, but it doesn’t really show up in this photo. Pooh.
I used distress inks to create a sunset and embossed the whole thing with iridescent embossing powder (LOVE that stuff), then I put it all together. I love it! I might have to make another one to frame.
So here are the first two Christmas cards. What do y’all think? Do you guys make your own cards? I’d love to hear about it.