Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Christmas Cards in July
Hello Friends! What the WHAT did that title say? Yep. CHRISTMAS. just around the corner. as in, you only have about 5 months. are you starting? Did I just panic you, or are you one who needs to create during the hectic hustle and bustle of the holidays? I will tell you, I am one who likes to be prepared, but I also love doing certain things during the holiday, that’s what makes it a holiday season after all. We have our traditions, like taking the minions to one of the local holiday shops and getting a special ornament, or making cookies and candy together, etc… but there are certainly things I am willing to make ahead so that I feel less rushed and more open to enjoying the times with loved ones.
Which is why.. I’m nudging you along with some christmas cards in July. You can create single unique cards ( my preference because I get highly bored with recreating items) or you can set yourself up an assembly and create dozens of the same card. Oh yes, you can buy boxes of generic cards, ho hum.. but what fun is that. I mean, you’re here because YOU like to create right?
Manufacturers are a mix here, some of the embellishments are years old. But that’s ok, because it’s helping me use up my stash.
I have a box filled with holiday embellishments and a bag of holiday papers. I occasionally pull them out and create with them. I can honestly say that some of the papers I used here were originally ready to go into the giveaway pile, but I stuck them in the bag and forgot about them. I was delighted to create using new colors. The card above is using some Cosmo Cricket. I am not a big fan of purple. but once I added the tinsel ribbon, and the pretty santa card, I really loved it, especially when I found the American Crafts rub on. I think the santa card is Graphic 45.
I am not sure of the paper maker but the vellum is from Anna Griffin, I loved it with the script paper behind it. I added an Imaginisce button maker button, then topped that with a pearl. I finished the card with a cream ribbon and bow.
Want to create an easy wreath? just wrap twine around your hand, twist the ends around a bit and glue dot the wreath to your card. I added some American Crafts flowers, some of my seam binding ribbon and a pretty eyelet punched border. Simple with the October Afternoon strip and Amer. Crafts sticker.
Loved this peach ribbon I just got recently,along with the gold ribbon as well, both from SEI, I tucked in a couple velvet leaves from May Arts. The large card is from a sheet from Pink Paislee. If you want to create fast cards, a large embellishment is perfect, and getting a dozen on a sheet really makes for not only fast but also inexpensive card making. Cut out the card with mini scallop scissors, pop it up and put it on some music sheet paper. The rubon is from K&Co.
Want sparkly and bright, use foam tape to pop up a sticker, then add tinsel pipe cleaners around it. cut out a scallop circle and add to your card. Pink Paislee paper and Oct. Afternoon paper and sticker banner. The flower is from Amer. Crafts. I tucked a couple little bells to make the card more special, then added a nice big red bow.
Back to the purple. these cards from Graphic 45 have touches of peach and purple. I had to go back to my Cosmo Cricket papers and create another card. I added purple gingham ribbon, and some punched eyelet paper. At the bow I tucked a couple glitter leaf stems and some bells. I added a pink paislee santa round, a sticker from cosmo cricket, and word stickers from The Girls Paperie.
Finally I created this card with some scraps I had, the paper and cutout are unknown, but I added a Graphic 45 chipboard, some reflections little red roses, a nice big cream bow and a couple word stickers from The Girl’s Paperie.
So that’s my quick version of pulling supplies and creating christmas cards. Once the holidays arrive, I will have several cards to choose from as I hand them to friends, neighbors, coworkers and family.
Happy Card Making!