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Let's Make Merry!

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!  I'm looking at the calendar and I can't believe it's December!  Holy Cow!  I believe I am beginning to feel holiday panic tickling the back of my neck...  So how are you doing with your holiday preparations?  Hmmmmm.... Maybe it's best if we just change the subject.

Today's Christmas card was the third designed for my annual Christmas Card Class.  It has a somewhat "Country" theme, I think, with it's subdued feel, that is punched up with the bright red bird, wreath bow, and berries.  The stamping design for this card was inspired by a Make & Take card from this Fall's Stampin' Up! Regionals.  I liked the idea of the wreath hanging from the branch and the berries popping up from the wreath.

Make_Merry

One thing I learned when I made this card was that if you "free-hand" the stamping (rather than using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for exact stamp placement) you can get some interesting results.  For example, the wreath bow ends slightly above the wreath and it's tilted a bit.  I told the stampers in my class that there was a slight breeze blowing when I created this card.

Another thing I learned is that we tend to want to stamp in the middle of the cardstock.  The stamping for this card actually takes place on the right center of the Naturals Ivory cardstock.  To help my stampers, I had them stamp the branch then adhere the Soft Suede Textured cardstock to the Naturals Ivory cardstock with SNAIL so that they could see exactly what cardstock was available for stamping.  Once the stamping was completed, they placed their ribbon on the Soft Suede Textured cardstock, folding the ends to the back and adhering to the Naturals Ivory cardstock with Sticky Strip.  The Naturals Ivory cardstock was then adhered to the Old Olive card front.  The berries were stamped on a scrap of Naturals Ivory cardstock and punched out with a 1/2" circle punch.  A Stampin' Dimensional was placed on the back of each circle and the berries were placed on the wreath.

The Naturals Ivory envelope uses the branch and bird stamps; but instead of perching inside the wreath, this bird sits on the branch!

Make_Merry_Envelope

This card is a great candidate for those who need to make a number of cards in a short time.  There are minimal supplies and simple cardstock cuts.  This year, get the whole family involved in making Christmas cards!  Assign one or two persons to cutting, one or two persons to stamping, one or two persons to assembly and you're done! 

While you're at it, send the cards back through the line so that every member of the family can sign.  This was a significant after dinner event in December for my children when they were growing up.  I would begin the line by addressing the envelope and writing the names of the people receiving the card in the sentiment area of the card ("Dear Uncle Rob and Aunt Carol:").  I'd tell the children who the card was for, and then the card would pass around the table for their signatures, ending with my husband.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends loved seeing how the children's handwriting changed from year to year and were tickled to see a sentence or two of greeting from a tween or teen.   This process also sparked lively discussion of family members near and far as we all shared our remembrances.  It's a memory dear to my heart and a very special way to Make Merry!

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Berry Christmas; Inks:  Old Olive Classic, Real Red Classic, Soft Suede Classic; Cardstock:  Naturals Ivory, Old Olive, Soft Suede Textured; Many Marvelous Markers:  Old Olive; In Color Stampin' Write Marker:  Soft Suede; Embellishments:  Sleigh Bells Twill ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, 1/2" circle punch, sponge; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory envelope

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