The pressure is on!  Only 2 months until Christmas!  I have NO idea where the year went.

My first Christmas project each year is usually the cards for our family overseas.  I really should have more done by now but here is my first Christmas layout for 2008.   This is a great card for mass production if you’re willing to make all the elements a bit at a time and then sit down and assemble everything.  We’ll see if I actually do that as I don’t like to make the same card twice.  Luckily, this card is really easy to change the look of just by swapping out the colours, image and embellishments.  Even though the layout will be identical, it will really look like a different card. (if things go well with my mass production tomorrow I’ll come back with a comparision)

Tomorrow, my friend Karen and I are getting together to make Christmas cards.  The goal is 20 each but I admit that’s a bit lofty for us as we tend to, ahem, chat a little during the crafting process.  She is the only person I craft with so there’s always lots to talk about when we get together.

The image on the card above is by Hero Arts.  I love their clear stamps but I wish they wouldn’t make certain parts of the image “solid”.  For example, the deer’s scarf is solid on the stamp which means that the scarf becomes whatever colour I stamp with (usually black).  You can’t really colour parts of an acrylic stamp with markers so portions stamp in different colours as the ink tends to pool on the slippery acrylic surface.  Rubber stamps are much better for colouring with markers.  As I could not use this technique, I paper-pieced the scarf. (stamped the image with a different colour of ink (real red) and then cut out the scarf and glued it over the original image)  While this is a popular and easy technique, some of the stamps in the set have solid areas that are much too tiny to do this easily. (e.g. the Santa hat on the bird in this set.)  If anyone with an affiliation to Hero Arts reads this, please pass it on to your marketing peeps!

You might not pick it up in the picture but the snowflake on the card has been covered in Martha Stewart glitter and there are threads of silver running through the ribbon as well.  It gives the card a little bling. (and my fingers, and my clothes, slippers, floor, worktop etc…glitter is messy!)  I think I’ll emboss the background the next time I use this layout.  I don’t want to add anything else to the card but some texture will kick it up a notch (BAM!)

Must motor…I have a bazillion rectangles and scallops to cut for our session tomorrow.

Supplies used: Hero Arts stamp – Jolly Christmas, Old Olive and Real Red cardstock, Christmas stack from 2007,  Marvy punches, linen thread, buttons, MS glitter, Essential Glue Pad, snowflake punch by EK Success, Michael’s Bow-tique ribbon, Palette Hybrid ink in black, old olive and real red ink by SU!, pop dots.