…look a lot like Christmas!

No, I’m not one of “those” people.  I don’t have my Christmas shopping and baking done.  I don’t even have lists started.  However, I have packed away most of my Halloween craft supplies and I’m prepping for Christmas crafts and cards.

Today, I ordered some stamps from Paper Smooches (can’t wait to get them!) and it made me want to use one of the sets I already own to make a card.

I found a great CAS (clean and simple) card on THIS blog today (linked from Limedoodle – she’s awesome!).  She used washi tape for the “patterned paper” on the side of the card and it inspired me to use my new Christmas washi tape (My Mind’s Eye) to make a similar card.  The layout used on Cassie’s blog was the same layout I used back in April on THIS post.

I’m not sure how Cassie proceeded with her diagonal lines of tape but if you’re interested I’ve included my process a little further down in this post.

Let’s start with the cards:

I looooooooooove non-traditional colour on Christmas cards.  I think it works best when there’s at least one colour associated with Christmas in the mix.  In this case red is the dominant colour and there’s a hint of green but there’s some aqua/blue hues in there too and I think it gives the cards a really fun and fresh look.

I knew I was going to make two cards and I also knew that the “patterned paper” portion of the card wouldn’t be as wide as the stamped panel so I cut two plain white panels for the stamped images at 3″ wide by 5.5″ high. 

I used a full sheet of cardstock (8.5X11″) and scored it down the centre.  To ensure my washi tape overlapped the stamped panel, I ran a pencil line (using a ruler) down the card 2.75 inches in from the right to give a 1/4 inch overlap.  I folded the sheet at the score line and alternated the three different patterns of tape that came in the package down the side of the sheet making sure I overlapped my pencil mark.  The tape tears easily so there’s no need to use scissors except to trim the botton and top pieces of tape level with the cardstock.

Here’s what it looked like when I was done. (the right hand side is not even but the stamped panel will cover this):

 Once that was done, I cut the cardstock in half to create two card bases:

 The next step was to stamp my images on the panels and colour them in:

Once they were coloured, I added some dimensional foam to the back and attached them to the card bases.

See?  Nice and even!

I added a button to the single snowman card as there was plenty of white space.  I couldn’t really find a good balance for an embellishment on the card with the two snowmen so I left it plain. 

Two down, a kajillion to go!