Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Just caught last post!

I can't believe I left my Christmas cards so late this year. I'm never what you'd call organised but somehow this year I couldn't get my head round Christmas cards until I was faced with last posting dates! I'd made a small handful at the beginning of the season but these were pretty much experimental.

The two cards below made use of a great pack of Kars paper I found reduced at the NEC. In each case I added a stamped panel made using the Inkadinkado Holiday Greetings I blogged earlier and an embossed section cut from Papermania card blanks.

This card used the Kars papers again and a greeting from Inkadinkado Christmas Silhouettes. It's not easy to see in the photo but the printed paper is quite glittery.

This card was made for the Graphicus Guild Christmas card swap and went to Veronica. You can see the card she made for the swap here on her blog. It's well worth a visit.

This card was probably the one I was most pleased with. It uses a Stampavie stamp called Bear and Robin. I coloured the stamped image with Distress Inks and added some Flower Soft to the bear's hat. I'd planned a more elaborate card but when I put the image against this gorgeous paper I really didn't think any more embellishments could improve it so I left it alone.

This card was a last minute cheat. But this year I've been able to justify cheating. I can't resist gorgeous papers and card like this Hunkydory pack. So I may as well use them and why detract from them by adding stamping or too many extras? A ribbon and die cut greeting were all this needed. I know the card doesn't have much of my work in it but I was still very pleased with it.

And finally a card that owes everything to Bev Rochester. I saw some of her silver grey cards at the NEC and just had to have the stamp and eventually the backing papers too. I was going to stamp a full page or more of these beautiful Whiff of Joy 'Lizzie' images. But time ran away with me and this particular stamping was the first and only one I got done. I decided maybe it would have looked better on a smaller card but all the same, I was pleased to have got such good results with my first attempt.


craftimamma said...

Jo, these are all just perfect! I know the 2nd one down is because it's on my hall dresser in pride of place and you're right, the swirly paper has a gorgeous shimmer.

You made a beautiful job of colouring those lovely images and knew exactly when to stop with the add-ons.

You managed to get more cards done than I did this year. I'm determined to be more prepared in 2010.

Lesley Xx

Clare said...

These are gorgeous cards. I adore the bear and robin card.
Happy New Year.
Clare x

veronica said...

How nice to know someone else was just as disorganised as me - the few cards I got done all went last day of posting after a frantic session with dst! Your Guild card looks even better in reality - I really regret not buying that stamp, as I love what you did with it!
Your silver/grey card is really lovely, looks just right, and I love the snowflakes too (and the stamp)
Happy New Year

Elaine G said...

It's nice to see you have found time to share the lovely cards you did get to make. I have to echo Lesley's comment as I was the lucky recipient of the pink card and the background paper is indeed gorgeous and sparkly. It is one of only four cards given a special place in my living room, the rest having been relegated to the hall!!

Well done on your colouring with DIs, that looks brilliant and as you say sometimes less is definitely more - it all works together so well, and I bet the Flowersoft was just perfect. The grey card inspired by Bev Rochester is also gorgeous.

Just think - if we start now we can get next year's cards done in good time!

Elaine x