This blog post was originally a part of the November 2010 Royal Blog Tour. If you missed this fall's tour, you'll definitely not want to miss the next one! Stay tuned to my blog throughout the year for information about this fabulous tour! But you can still enjoy the projects that I showed off during the 4 days of this fall's tour.
Let me begin by introducing you to one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Punch Pals, one of my favorite sets of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper packs, Jolly Holiday, and the projects I'll be sharing with you today:
Besides the stamp set and paper that these three projects all have in common, they also share a feature that I consider to be essential in Christmas Cards that I send to my family and friends: They have to have some small gift as part of their design. Besides that, I really do like to have something a bit unusual about my cards, whether it be the size or shape of the card, or the way it's folded (as long as it fits in a mailable envelope!). So with that in mind, let's look at what I've created just for you!
This first card is a Double Accordion Pocket Fold! There are TWO accordion folded pieces of Jolly Holiday Designer Paper, each of which has its own folded pocket on the far inside of the card. They're mounted together on a standard greeting card piece of card stock that fits an A2 envelope. You just cannot believe how easy this card was to make! I'll be sharing a step-by-step tutorial right here as part of my Countdown to Christmas posts beginning on December 1st!
The gift for this card is a set of two bookmarks – they decorate the card for the holiday season, then help your friends and family mark their place in all those new books they received as Christmas gifts! A fun reminder of the season for months to come. I really like the way that the stamps in the Punch Pals are outlined, so I try not to doctor them up with too much color. But this little penguin asked for a yellow beak and the tree really looked like it needed a yellow star. So for these two bookmarks, I added just a touch of Daffodil Delight to the featured colors, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.
The front of the card is also decorated with two medallions made up of two of the stamps from Punch Pals, both heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. The medallion stamp and the small snowflake stamp are two of several of the stamps in Punch Pals that have matching punches – the 3/4" Circle Punch and the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch. I layered the two punched pieces together and matted them with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. I think that makes a lovely combination for the front of the card, with plenty of space for the Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon to tie the whole thing together.
The next two projects are 6-1/2" x 3", and both fit into one of Stampin' Up!'s Small Open-End Envelopes, which, in the United States, require only the standard first class postage. So they're practical as well as just darling!
You might recognize this as a variation of a Diagonal Double Pocket Card. And it's just as easy to make! I prefer these cards, with the pretty Designer Series Paper, not to have a cover on them. What I did do to make this sturdier and a bit more festive was to mount it on first a layer of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock, then on a layer of Old Olive Card stock which I punched top and bottom with the Scallop Trim Border Punch. I added a greeting from Punch Pals, tied on some Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon and Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (from Stampin' Up!s 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog), and inserted yet another cut pair of decorated bookmarks. That snowman makes me smile every time I see him!
Finally, I've made up a card that contains not bookmarks but coupons! Of course, once the giftee tears out the coupon (perforated with the Perforating Tool in the Stampin' Up! Cutter Kit), he or she could use it as a bookmark! It might be more valuable as a coupon, though? I made the coupons with My Digital Studio, enlarging one of the frames from Frames with a Flourish and adding in some of the lines from one of the Recipes by Design embellishments. Too cool!
I'll be sharing a tutorial for making both of these last two cards in my Countdown to Christmas blogs in December. If you don't want to miss a thing here, you can either subscribe to my blog (through a reader or however you wish), my newsletter, or even join me on Facebook by clicking on the link to the left. I'll be posting notices about the projects in my Countdown to Christmas posts on Facebook!