Every year my husband and I send out about 100 Christmas Cards. We’ve been at this a long time, and really enjoy keeping up with friends that we’re lucky to see every two or three years in the best of times. This year, not really the best of times for most of us, I think it’s even more important to touch base with our friends, old and new.
I started making Christmas Cards back in August when I was first able to get my hands on some of Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Holiday stamp sets and papers. And each card that I made was unique. Different designs, different colors, different products to make it. But Halloween came up, we had all too many sympathy cards to send this fall, and then there was Thanksgiving. Here it is the week before Thanksgiving, and I have only 64 cards made. I need another 36. (I always was good at math.) Twenty of those are going to be made with my November Paper Pumpkin kit materials. The other 15 are all going to be alike, but they’ve got to be as nice as all the others.
The Secret Is Setting Up An Assembly Line
Are you an avid cook? I am. And I definitely know how to make sure I’m not in the kitchen for hours on end chopping and dicing before I even get started on the cooking. The secret is to do the chopping and slicing and dicing earlier in the day – or even the day before – I’m planning a special meal.
It’s that way with a special card. The card-making session would get way too tiring, and I’d be way too grouchy, if I tried to make all those nice cards from start to finish all at once. Besides, I get tired of those cards pretty quickly. The key is doing the cutting and stamping and coloring over time, and definitely before the big day of card construction. The photo above shows where I am as I write this, preparing to put all those cards together this weekend.
Figuring Out the Papers
Cutting the Crumb Cake Cardstock for the card base was no problem. I always keep lots of extra Crumb Cake around. But when making 16 cards, especially a slimline card such as this card, it can get tricky trying to find all the right kinds of papers for any layer that requires Designer Series Paper. For this card there are two such layers. Yes, I could have bought enough sets of paper to make sure I had the identical papers for each card. But then what was I going to do with all the other sheets in that paper set? I’m not thinking of anything practical, that’s for sure.
But I did scrape around my paper stash and found some Real Red pieces for the background and Shaded Spruce pieces for the layer under the sentiment. The red mostly came from the Heartwarming Hugs paper set and the greens from the Tis The Season paper set.
The ribbon was a different matter. While I used the Real Red Braided Trim for the card I originally designed, it turned out that I had more of the Crumb Cake 3/8″ Linen Trim. So, for the mass-produced cards, Crumb Cake it is. It will go very nicely with the Crumb Cake Cardstock card base.
The Holly Elements Needed Some Cutting
I actually only bought the Joyful Holly Stamp Set because it looked like my Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine would be able to cut those designs out like a champ. Neither the stamp designs nor the Scan ‘n Cut disappointed me. The best part about the holly designs is that there’s an outline stamp and a fill stamp. Out came my Stamparatus and stamping the Just Jade Ink fill into the Shaded Spruce Ink outline was so slick! Even though the stamp set does have a stamp to fill in 3 holly berries at a time, I had decided to fill those using the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. There are 220 pieces in the pack of Rhinestones and 2 packs will be more than enough to make the bling for this card. All Christmas Cards should have some bling!
Stampin’ Up! Tools To the Rescue!
The tool that really came in handy for the last part of the card was the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine. I ran both the Real Red Cardstock mat for the stamped element AND the Whisper White Cardstock for the stamped layer through the machine together. Those 16 runs through the machine went so fast with the smoothness of the new machine. Love it! Both of these dies come from the Ornate Frames Die set.
Not only did I used the Stamparatus for stamping the holly, I used it for stamping the sentiment on those little pieces of white cardstock. I simply put one of the cut-out negative pieces into the Stamparatus, lined up the stamp from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and then stamped each of the 16 sentiment layers using Real Red Ink zip, zip, zip! Love my Stampin’ Up! tools!
The Bottom Line
It may seem like stamping 16 layered and embellished cards can be a real chore. Buttake a break from other activities every once in a while over a few days and just work on one section of your project. By the time you’re ready to set aside an hour or two for the construction of all those cards, the real work will have been done. You’ll feel good and creative while you’re making the card. And the card really will have been made with love. Those who get one of those cards will surely know that!
Now go get going on those Christmas Cards – and have fun with it!