The two cards I want to share today are in a "country Christmas" theme. I wanted the cards to be fairly easy to mail. I also wanted to create some cards that use embossing folders - which show off the amazing cardstock - plus just a few, simple items so that you could make a bunch of cards at one time. (Both cards are standard size - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 or A2.)
Using a Sponge Dauber, I gently rubbed white ink over the embossed cardstock. I love the "snowy" look of the white ink on the kraft cardstock. After I trimmed the panel to size, I rubbed more white ink around the edges.
The card has a lot of texture and interest, but is actually quite flat, and easy to mail. If you are worried about the button making the card too bulky, you could just add the twine and leave the button off.
I decided to create a second card using the "chalk ink" technique. This is one of my all-time-favorite embossing techniques. It's an oldie, but a goodie!
I created an card base with ColorMates Smooth and Silky Beach cardstock and embossed ColorMates Original Deep Berry Red cardstock with the embossing folder.
The sentiment is something that I cut from designer paper and matted with Heritage Black cardstock. So easy! You can find lots of premade sentiments and sayings to make card making go quickly - when you are in a last minute rush!
I also created a lace flower from a scrap of leftover lace. To make the little blossom, simply use some thread to place a running stitch across one long edge of the lace. Pull the threads to gather the lace, and tie off the ends. I added a pearl to the center of the flower. I also die cut a swirl from ColorMates Smooth and Silky Barley Grass cardstock to use behind my lace flower.
I hope you are inspired to create some quick and easy Christmas cards! Thanks for joining me today!
ColorMates Original Deep Racy Raspberry, Deep Berry Red, Heritage Black
ColorMates Smooth and Silky Beach, Barley Grass
Designer paper: Heidi Swapp Believe
Stamping ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Cream White; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Button: Stampin' Up
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine: May Arts
Die cuts: Couture Creations Mimi
Embossing folders: Couture Creations Christmas Lyrics, Moonlit Berries
Self-Adhesive Pearls: Couture Creations