Monday, September 13, 2010

Take the (Cottage) Christmas Card challenge!!!

Hello everyone!!  A couple of months ago Lori, the Imaginisce DT coordinator, issued a challenge to start making your Christmas cards before November. So, for once, I actually did this and not only did I take her challenge, but I managed to get 18 handmade Christmas cards made. And last year, I don’t even remember if I mailed Christmas cards. (I know, shame on me).

So, I am going to share with you how I made mine. And believe me, if I can make cards, then you can. I am not much of a card maker, or a stamper for that matter, and I did both. With a few sheets of cardstock, 6x6 card pad, stamps, and a few punches you can make some cute handmade Christmas cards.

First the supplies I used:
Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card Pad
(3) 12x12 sheets each of (3) different cardstocks (coordinate with patterns in card pad)
(1) 12x12 sheet of white cardstock
Stayzon ink
Acrylic stamping block
Variety of Coloring Markers (I used Copic)
2” & 2 ½” Scalloped Circle Punches
I-rock tool & gems and studs
Foam Adhesive
Optional: Border Punches (3 styles)

Now the assembly:

1) I picked out (2) each of three different patterns of the papers in the 6x6 Cottage Christmas card pad and then picked the coordinating snag’em stamps that went with the patterned papers.

2) Then I selected three different colors of cardstock that would match all three of the patterns. I choose a light blue, Christmas red, and a kraft color. Cut (2) pieces of each 12x12 cardstock into 8 ½” x 5 ½” and then fold in half. You should have 6 of each color.

3) Save the cardstock scraps. You will use them on the cards.

4) Cut 1 ½” strips of the patterns and glue to the center of the cards width wise.

5) Punch out (18) 2” scalloped circles from the white cardstock. Stamp (6) each of the three different stamps. Color in your stamped images. Ink the edges of the scallop circles.

6) Now take the leftover cardstock strips from cutting the cards and use a border punch on them and layer over the patterned paper strip on the front of the card.

7) Decorate your card or stamped image with the i-rock tool, crystals and glam rocks.

8) Use foam tape to adhere the stamped images to the cards.

That is it!!! I used the same pattern, but the cards were all similar.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get to it!! Take the challenge. Like I said, if I can do it, then you can.

Imaginisce DT member
So now we would like for you to take part of the challenge. Check out this post on the Imaginisce blog. Let us know if you have started your Christmas/Holiday cards for this year. We would love to see them as well. Up for grabs: an I-rock tool with crystals and glam rocks, exclusive i-rock tote and a Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card pad.

What you have to do to enter:

Leave a comment with a link (on the Imaginsce blog) showing us your Christmas cards you've started, or post the image on our Facebook page OR email the image to our blog email address contactimaginiscegmailcom. We'll give you a week (due date 9/20) to show us what you've started and obviously using Imaginisce products always make us happy!!

And if you are interested, here are the Copic colors that I used for these particular cards.

Hope you enjoy!!!

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