I'm all done making Christmas cards for this year, and it's funny how my spirits lifted almost immediately. I do enjoy making them, but the all-consuming last-minute hurrying gets to me. It's not as if there's nothing else to do during the season. I had to take most of a day to create our 2017 Golden Retriever calendar and our yearly photo book (Shutterfly), plus I had to select nine 5x7's for a wall unit that's been waiting forever for me to get that done. Now, most of the (minimal) shopping is done, as well, and I think I can actually start enjoying myself. Happy dance!
The first card I'm sharing today isn't even going anywhere this year. It's a jump start on my 2017 Christmas cards, and I sure hope I can keep it up. It's all pink and feminine with flowers and a bird and soft colors.
Flower centers have Pale Gold Nuvo Crystal drops in them. I did my best to keep the drops fairly flat. The flowers look all fluffy and dimensional now, but they'll probably be flat as a pancake by the time it reaches its destination since I'll mail this in an envelope. They may retain some shape, and they'll still be pretty. Card size is 5 1/4 x 4 1/4.
The "Joy" and the dark gray area of the bird are covered with Wink of Stella, all softly shimmery. I colored the snowflake die cut with a B0000 Copic. Color was added to the poinsettias with ink and a sponge dauber. Dies are as follows:
- Poppystamps Stitched Poinsettia Trio
- Poppystamps Snowflake Breeze
- Elizabeth Craft Birds
- Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames
- Stampin' Up! Wonderful Wreath Framelits
The next card is all guy, made for our son. Lots of wood grain and very simple.
All on a kraft card base, I used Tutti Designs Scrolly Deer Edge and a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frame. Black embossed a retired Stampin' Up! sentiment.
My first card with the bird is playing along in City Crafter's "Christmas Things that Float or Fly" challenge.
I think that wraps it up. Have a good day!