It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Artisan Design Team Facebook Friday November 2012

Xmas Cards in the Making

Every year I make my own Christmas cards to send out, about 70 or so of them. They were completely paper crafted, and I included a letter with pictures about my year which I also printed at home. I think they were all beautiful, and enjoyed making each batch. But, they often didn't make it to the recipient by the end of December...or sometimes January...but usually by the end of February! Last December, I decided to give My Digital Studio a try for making the letter with pictures portion, and design something simple to wrap the digital card with. I loved the results! And, the best part, I had them all sent out before I went to Kansas City to celebrate Christmas. Today, I thought I would share my hybrid project for you all to enjoy.

This is the "wrapper" with the digital card inside. I cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Vellum Cardstock in half lengthwise, and folded it in half. Then I embossed it with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and used Dazzling Details on the centers of the snowflakes (hard to see in this picture). I stamped the front of the card with the greeting from last year's holiday catalog (Hand-Penned Holidays) using Cherry Cobbler ink. I then wrapper the vellum around the card, and punched a 1/8" circle just past the edge of the digital card. I put the digital card inside, and tied on the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. Easy peasy!



Now, for the digital portion. I used elements from the Downtown Grunge Photobook Template, the Lots of Tags Shape 2 Punch, Old Saint Nick Stamp Brush Set, and the Winter Post Stamp Brush Set. I also used a couple of digital stamps from Ali Edwards. So, this view shows the "back" and outside of the card.



This view shows the "front" and inside of the card. I also used Merry & Type Stamp Brush Set, the Medallion Stamp Brush Set, some digital brads and pearls, and the Christmas Cocoa Ii Digital Kit. I think that is most of the supplies! I was very impressed with how well these looked when printed out. The quality is excellent.



Here are the close-ups of the digital portion. Front first:

Xmas 2011 Template-001_1

And the back:

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Right now I am working on this year's version. There will definitely be another MDS tri-fold card, and probably another simple vellum wrapper. Thanks for stopping by! I have lots more holiday goodness up my sleeve in the coming days, so come back for more!