Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Poinsettias...

Here's a trio of Christmas cards that went together fairly quickly...well, after an hour or so of die cutting and glittering, that is. 

First up...traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and white...




A monochromatic color scheme, with just a touch of pine green...




And finally, a dramatic black and white combo with touches of holiday red and green...


Supplies:
Spellbinders dies: Grand Labels Four (card shape); Floral Ovals; Classic Ovals Large; Twisted Metal Tags and Accents: Layered Poinsettia
Punch: Martha Stewart Medium Branch      Pearls: Basic Grey and Recollections
Patterned papers: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses collection (red); Authentique Peaceful collection (cream); Basic Grey Jovial collection (black print)
Miscellaneous:  Clear coarse glitter; medium coarse glitter; white acrylic paint


This design lends itself well to an "assembly line" type of process...

1) die cut the frames and ovals; die cut the flower layers...
2) glitter the flower layers and frames and allow to dry, while you...
3) die cut the card bases...
4) die cut the patterned paper fronts and inside papers...
5) punch the branch pieces...  
(I dry-brushed the edges of the die cut papers with white acrylic paint, but since so little paint is used in this step, it's dry in under a minute.)
6) assemble flowers...
7) layer and adhere the frames, flowers, and branches to the card fronts...
8) add gems...
9) adhere paper layers to card insides...
and your cards are finished!

The finished cards are flat enough to fit easily inside a standard U.S. A2 size envelope (4.375" x 5.75") with a piece of cardstock over the front of the card to protect it during the mailing process. (But if you're like me, you'll attach that extra $.20 surcharge stamp just in case the P.O. doesn't agree that it falls below the thickness requirement for a single stamp...LOL.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

8 comments:

  1. I love each of them!!! very beautifull collection!!!

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  2. Wow they are just gorgeous! Different yet the same- stunning! x

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  3. These are gorgeous! LOVE those sparkly flowers!!

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  4. These are again all gorgeous cards Kathy ,I love ,love,love the card shape, my real favourite is the monochrome one and then the black and white one !
    Hugs, Rosa

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  5. These are gorgeous! I love the take on the three different colors.

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  6. J'aime beaucoup vos cartes. Elles sont très douces et romantiques. Bravo ! Amicalement.

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