Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Circling around Christmas

Here is a little peek of what is coming your way via Inspired Stamps.  Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? The shopping the card making the hustle and bustle. I thought I would make some fun cards that you can produce fairly quickly whether you have 5, 55, or 105 cards to make. This is also a GREAT way to use up those little bits and pieces of that pattern paper you love so much.

This stamp set 1.5 inch Circle Christmas is just so sweet and very versatile. It makes great cards. It would also be great on a scrapbook page or on the back of your envelope as a seal.

Here are some close ups of each card. I stamped each stamp in a cranberry and an olive ink and then I just cut part of one out and layered it on the other. You could also use markers but I like the added dimension fancy cutting brings to the table. 

I also added a little texture to the card base just to make it pop a little.

I also used the cardstock to make a mock ribbon. I scored it and sanded it down. If you don't have white core cardstock you can use some white ink or a white gel pen for this effect.

I threaded each button.

Over all I just wanted to keep things quick and simple.

I also distressed the pattern paper with white ink.

The card base is standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/5" the top piece of paper is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and the bottom is 2" x 3 1/2". The mock ribbon is 1/2"

Merry Christmas Card making! If you start now you can really enjoy the season and remember the reason for the season instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle.

Make sure you keep your eye out this week over at the Inspired Stamps Blog for the rest of the countdown and the big release!