I am posting two Christmas cards based on the November Sketch at The Sketch File. I simply can not believe that it is already the end of November. I have created enough Christmas cards for the year, but that Christmas shopping list is hanging over my head. I have no idea when I will get to that! Anyway, Kathy and I hope you will be inspired by our November sketch and will create and share a project based on the sketch. Please share it with us at The Sketch File.
Friday, November 25, 2016
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Thursday, November 24, 2016
I have created another card with part of the front panel removed. I've reattached it with at pine tree on a circle. I kept the color scheme the same accept for the addition of the yellow star on top of the tree. It was actually challenging to find a green that matched the green in the patterned paper. I got lucky and had a scrap piece that was just big enough to create the pine tree.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
As I was nibbling on an apple the other day, it reminded me of apple picking when I was a child. I always looked forward to this family outing and couldn't wait to bite into a crisp, ripe MacIntosh apple. As I finished nibbling the apple down to the core, I decided to use an apple theme for a card. I decided to create this card for my son who recently went off to college. I hand cut the apples, leaves and stems and added a bit of white chalk to add highlight to each apple. They don't look like MacIntosh apples but I think you can tell that they are supposed to be apples. However, my favorite part the card is the inside. I hand cut an apple core, added a few color penciled seeds and finished it off with a computer generated "Love you to the Core" sentiment.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Thanks for visiting!
Saturday, November 19, 2016
HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE WEEKEND! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
Today I am sharing another Christmas card with a Z fold. I ended up using a monochromatic theme. I handcut the Santa hat and used a bit of chalk to add the detail to make it look like the fabric of the hat had a few folds. Behind the front Z panel, I've added white cardstock to give plenty of space to write a message and personalize the card.
Thanks so much for visiting! Have a fun and creative weekend!
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
As you can see, I've created a series of cards using the side step pattern. I have created these cards over several weeks but decided to post all of them together as they share the same card folding technique. It's a fun technique with loads of possibilities. The card with the deer is really dark blue, but for some reason I couldn't get a decent photo of it.
Are you looking for inspiration? If so, please visit us at The Sketch File. Kathy and I would love to see what you create with our November sketch. You can use the sketch as is or shrink it, enlarge it or rotate it. I've chosen to use the layers as a flap on the front of this card. Can you still see the sketch on this card?
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Do you have a favorite punch that you use over and over again? My holly leaf punch is among my favorite punches. I use it repeatedly when creating Christmas cards and love how a little bit of chalk and a dry embossed line down the center make the leaf look more realistic.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
I have been trying to come up with alternatives to the basic 5"x 7" card base. So for this card, I folded the sides to of the front panel to the center and cut away a portion of the card base at a diagonal. I then used scraps of patterned paper and cut four trees (all the same size). I matted the trees and used them to attach the diagonal panels on the front of the card. I like that this card looks very different from the other 5" x 7" cards that I have been creating.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
It's Tuesday and time to share another card based on the November sketch. I hope you can find some time to play along with us over at The Sketch File. Our sketch will be around for the entire month of November and we'd love to see what you can create with it. I decided to create a set of hat and mittens and use them as the focal point. I ended up handwriting my sentiment, but will probably change it out and print the sentiment with MS Word. The white gel pen that I used just doesn't allow the words to pop enough. Here's our sketch (two versions of it):
Monday, November 7, 2016
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you don't get tired of looking at Christmas cards!
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Several months ago I cut out the mittens that I have used for this card. At the time, I was unhappy with the mittens and found that they just didn't work for the project I had been working on so I set them aside. When I was going though my stash of shapes that I have previously cut and set aside, I rediscovered them and finally decided to use them. I ended up scoring the upper part of the mitten, the part that would cover the wrist. I wanted it to look more like a cabled knit stitch. I used a snowflake punch to create a snowflake pattern on each mitten and tied a bit of twine around each before matting them on white dry embossed cardstock. Inside the card is a sentiment that says "sending warm winter wishes".