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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


Nautical Christmas Cards

Well, my friends, it’s that time of year. WHAT? No, no it’s still summer! I mean it’s August, it’s not even close to the holiday season.

Sure it’s not. But you and I know, it will creep and creep and be here before we even know it! Remember when you were a kid and it seemed like summer lasted forever, then it took another forever for Halloween then Christmas. And now that we’re adults, the time just seems to fly by! I blink and there goes a day, another blink and there goes a week!  ( Unless it’s a week I have a dentist appt! yikes, that dread moves slowly!)
I have always been a proactive person and love to look at ideas year round for all holidays. But it does seem like the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holiday runs too quickly. There is just so much to do, memories to make and times to enjoy.

I am currently loving beach and shore items, especially any Nautical Christmas decor items.

I was searching around Pinterest, ok, totally wasting time, but I found some great ideas for Christmas and beach decor. While I was looking, I saw a great  driftwood style sign that said, Seas and Greetings. I loved it, and it totally inspired me to pull out some stamps to create a couple beach themed holiday cards.
I went with soft pastel colors, and several types of stamps. I was looking for some ideas for paint splatters and didn’t want to use my bright alcohol inks, so I decided that since I had my water colors out anyway, I would just use them to create some light paint splatters on the card bases too.


I have stamps from Inkadinkado, American Crafts and Imaginesce.

I first stamped my shells and such on some plain white cardstock. I used a permanent ink because I knew I’d be using watercolors.



I got out my watercolors, and just had fun adding color to the stamped images.



I wanted to play with the card bases, which I cut into 4×12 strips. One two I splattered colors, and the third I inked with sunset colors, just adding colors beside each other and blending.

Allow those colors to dry. Then I used my Martha scoring board to create my folds.


I didn’t neatly color the stamped items in. Just some swishes of color, since I was cutting them out of the paper.

The kids would love to help do this!


After they were completely dry, I cut out the images. This is a great idea to do while watching tv in the evening!


While I did stamp out my images, I printed out my greeting, using several fonts. These cards can inspire you to create a series, or use the idea of just one for your holiday cards. Then you can create all the pieces, and put them together in an assembly line, and you can be done and ready for this coming holiday mailing season.






I also used foam tape to pop up some of the elements on the cards for dimension.



PicMonkey Collage




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