My first Christmas cards for 2009.  There’s a reason I’m in a Christmas-card-making kind of mood but I’ll share that with you in another post.  For now let’s just take a look at my latest one card, two looks project:

Version 1 (vintage):

I used some Cosmo Cricket paper I got when I bought my Bella stamps and antiqued it with some Ranger Distress Ink.  The coloured image received the same treatment.  I even dirtied up a snowflake brad as it was just too white against all that linen distress ink.

Something you can’t see in the picture is the highlights of glitter that run along each stroke of blue ink on the snowmen.  It’s really cute IRL.

I made one of my weird ribbon embellishments – just looped some ribbon around my fingers a few times, crimped the middle with the snowflake brad and cut the ends of the loops.  I was hoping the ends would fluff up a little more but at least it’s different!

Speaking of different, you might think the sentiment is crooked on the card but that was deliberate…I like the look of the oval on an angle…for some reason I think it’s nicer than the more traditional method.  I’ve done this before and I usually add a flower or some other small embellishment but I felt it would look out of place today.

Here’s version two (apologies for the darker picture):

I didn’t distress this card at all – just left everything in its “natural” state.  I flipped the card on its side for a different look and chose to do a bow with a button instead of the same embellishment as the last card.

It’s pretty easy to throw together a second card when you’ve already got the materials out on your desk.  Personally, coming up with the colour scheme, choosing a paper and an image takes the most time so once that’s done it makes sense to just make two of everything. (or more, if you’d like – two is enough for me!