When I went searching for today’s topic card, at a certain point I found several cards that featured small squares of printed papers or small squares with stamped images – or both! I looked at them all and finally decided that I couldn’t decide what to use for today’s post. So this week you’re going to get a two-fer. On Saturday, I’ll share another design that was NOT a Christmas card and make it into a Christmas Card for Christmas Card Saturday. Today, I’m taking a Christmas Card from way back when and making it into NOT a Christmas Card.
A Four-Square Christmas Card
I posted this card on my blog in December 2014. While 2014 isn’t in the dark ages, it is still 6 years ago! And I actually member making this card, though I’m not entirely sure why. And today I’m going to try to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) this card with 2020 Stampin’ Up! products.
2020’s Card Is NOT A Christmas Card
Since I’ve chosen to share Christmas Cards on Saturdays in September, rather than have two Christmas Cards in a row, I decided to CASE this card by making something other than a Christmas Card. After I was all finished, I realized that, instead of having two Christmas Cards in a row, I have two Thanksgiving Cards in a row. Check out Tuesday’s post to see what I mean.
Not only are there two Thanksgiving Cards in a row, both of them use the same striped printed paper from the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper set. And they both used the same double pumpkin stamp from the Gather Together Stamp Set! No fussy cutting this time, though.
Choosing a Color Scheme
I really liked the look of having something in one of the little squares coordinate with the background paper on the larger square. But for today’s card, there wasn’t a Cajun Craze paper to go on the background layer that didn’t seem too busy. As I started trying to focus on one of the other colors in the printed paper, I realized that EVERY color in the Stampin’ Up! catalog has a printed paper set in that color. So off I went to find the Cajun Craze version. And there was that lovely speckled background design that’s in all the sets. It was perfect.
Once I’d chosen the Cajun Craze as the background color, it was easy to pick Early Espresso to be the accent color, so that was the cardstock I used as mats for everything. The light color for this set of papers is Very Vanilla.
Choosing the Sentiment
I have finally found the most valuable stamp set in my holiday collection this year – the Banner Year Stamp Set. It has sentiments for Halloween, Christmas, Autumn in general, and a “Happy Thanksgiving” stamp! With little fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving images, it’s the perfect set to have out on my work table for just about every seasonal card I’m making right now.
The Bottom Line
As with everything that I’ve been doing – and will continue to do – on Throwback Thursdays, the message is that older projects can inspire new ones. Are you in a creative slump? Go back and look at what you’ve done before. You don’t have to copy that card, much as I did here. Just let an idea take root in your thoughts and you’ll be making a new card in no time!