It's only 15 days till Christmas and I just this weekend finished the last of this year's cards and decorated the house. I also made the annual Shutterfly photo book and calendar and did a bazillion other things (whew). I'm running later than usual. There's always a point at which the frazzle goes away and the fun begins, and I'm just about there. How about you?
I have more CAS assembly line cards today. Four of these with gold and red mirror card stock, glossy black bow, gold trim, and a little bit of non-Christmas designer paper.
A long, skinny die like this "merry" can make you crazy, trying to get it straight... glue on your fingers, pulling it every which way, grrrr. Easy solution: I cut it into a white panel first, then set the gold "merry" into it. Slipped right into place. Also, I drew a light pencil line on the card stock as a guide for lining up the die nice and straight. Easily erased afterward. Very quick cards!
However... I was then left with the four white "merrys" that popped out when I cut the negative space. I couldn't bring myself to throw them out, so I layered two together (much more time consuming and troublesome) to make two sentiments, which I then colored with a red Copic and created two of these cards with the polka dot ornaments.
A score line helped with placement of the "merry" on this design. Each designer paper ornament is layered onto a white ornament backing for substance. The ornaments and bows are the quick and easy part.
The ornaments are not actually ornaments. They're from an old set of JustRite Custom Charms. I believe the Memory Box Merry Cursive die is retired, but the Poppystamps Prim and Proper Bow is current. Good thing I'm not in the business of selling dies, right?