In 1872 Jules Verne wrote a book called “Around the world in 80 days”. It seems hardly possible that in another 80 days it will be Christmas. What’s probably not surprising though is that I have barely made a dent in my long list of things I want to get done before then. So today I decided it was time for another Christmas card idea. This card has a modern feel, but uses some quite traditional colours. I was happy that I could use up some more paper scraps too.
RED AND GREEN CHRISTMAS
Red and green always reminds me of a traditional Christmas so that’s where I began.
First, using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored some Real Red Card for the card base Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next from the Boughs of Holly 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack I found a red sheet with a subtle abstract pattern. I started by cutting a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) fixed it to the front of the card base. Then I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and glued that to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. I trimmed off the excess paper with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
With that done I pulled out the Glimmer 12″ x 12″ Specialty Paper Pack and found a 2″ x 4-1/4″ piece in Evening Evergreen. I like that while it would still make the card sparkle it was a touch more subtle.
Then as I looked at the red I was reminded of Santa’s coat and that prompted me to search for a strip of Basic Black Card. I have a lot of Basic Black scraps and it wasn’t hard to find the ideal piece which turned out to be 1″ x 5-1/8″. However instead of gluing it across like a belt I decided to fix it vertically 1/4″ from the crease. Then I glued the Evening Evergreen Glimmer Paper on top of that.
CELEBRATE WITHOUT TAGS
By this time I was starting to think about how I would decorate the inside of the card. From the Boughs of Holly DSP pack I found a piece of the same red design I’d used on the front of the card. At 1/2″ x 4″ it was much smaller than I’d usually use but then I had an idea.
Using liquid glue I fixed it across a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card, 1/2″ from the top. Then I glued the white layer inside the card base.
Next from the Celebrations Tag Dies I took the snowflake and used it to cut three snowflakes from a scrap of Snowy White Velvet Sheet. I’ll be honest and say that the scrap was a little small so only one snowflake was complete, however I had a plan. But first I used liquid glue to fix the only complete snowflake onto the DSP strip on the inside of the card.
I was almost done but still needed a sentiment so for that I turned to the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set. Using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped “Merry Christmas” onto some Thick Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using the rectangle die from the coordinating Celebrations Tags Dies. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the sentiment to the card front, which just left the two incomplete snowflakes.
Rather that waste them I hid the ‘missing’ parts under the edge of the sentiment before fixing them to the card with liquid glue. With that my modern Christmas card design was complete.
This is quite a modern design for a Christmas card but I really like how it turned out. I’d love to know your opinion though, so if you have the time please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.
For some other Christmas card ideas see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Celebrations Tag Dies. Using the single “bundle” item number on my order meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links for both options in case you want to explore these for yourself.