back to christmas card making today, but today, i wanted to have a little play, so i decided to make a batch of cards that were all 100% my own work, no using pre-made toppers, no using recycled christmas cards.. all from scratch.

I pulled out the two bauble stamps i had from Artemio and inked them up, red and silver first, creating a series of stamps on some cream card. I cut them out into rough squares, allowing the ink to dry, while i created some purple and silver ones, and some purple and gold ones too. Then, while the purple ones dried, i stamped a snowflake stamp into some clear embossing ink onto the bauble, covered with embossing powder, shook off the excess, then applied the heat gun till the pattern “took”. i did this for all the baubles i’d created, then created another set of smaller cards with a stamp saying “have yourself a merry little christmas”. To do all these, cut them out and apply the corner punches took around 4 hours – i did 5 large red and silver baubles, 5 small red and silver baubles, 3 purple and silver large baubles, 3 small purple and silver baubles, 2 large gold and purple baubles and 2 small gold and purple baubles (i.e. 10 altogether).

Once that was done it was a case of selecting background paper, cardstock and the process of putting the card together. from start to finish, these 10 cards took around 6 hours to create. Exhausting, but worth it. The results are behind the cut, as always.

Card production total so far: 22.

this is the first card i actually put together. when i was cutting the cardstock to make the background i ended up with a long strip that i couldnt use, and remembered my snowflake punch, so i had a go with that to see how it would look. To my delight, it looked wonderful, so i stamped some more, and appled a shiny jewelled sequin type thing to the middle.

this is the first card i actually put together. when i was cutting the cardstock to make the background i ended up with a long strip that i couldn't use, and remembered my snowflake punch, so i had a go with that to see how it would look. To my delight, it looked wonderful, so i stamped some more, and applied a shiny jewelled sequin type thing to the middle. I made four of these cards.

a close up of the baubles. you can see the snowflake i attached in the middle much more clearly here.

a close up of the baubles. you can see the snowflake i attached in the middle much more clearly here.

I didnt have quite enough of the blue card that i printed the smaller baubles on, so i printed one on another shade of blue, but i didnt like them together in the end up. (Ill use that one somewhere else). So i created a card with just the one bauble on instead, using purple felt as a background. i think it works well.

I didn't have quite enough of the blue card that i printed the smaller baubles on, so i printed one on another shade of blue, but i didn't like them together in the end up. (I'll use that one somewhere else). So i created a card with just the one bauble on instead, using purple felt as a background. i think it works well. i might make more of these in the next few days.

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for these ones i really went to town. I used the corner punch to trim the corners not only of the red glittery cardstock used for the background, but also the actual card itself, and, mirroring the silver line around the message card at the bottom right, also did a similar card around the very outside of the card. The net result, i think, is a luxurious professional looking card, one i really really like. I made five of these cards in total, all identical.

Close up of the baubles on the red card. I think the red snowflake in the middle works spectacularly well. you can see the jewelled sequin thing in the middle a bit better here too.

Close up of the baubles on the red card. I think the red snowflake in the middle works spectacularly well. you can see the jewelled sequin thing in the middle a bit better here too.

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