Christmas Cards with Non-Holiday Supplies
I'm back after a month's hiatus! Still working out the scheduling of my blog, and also the holidays and my boyfriend's upcoming finals are taking over a bit!
I wanted to focus today on making holiday/Christmas cards with supplies not designed specifically for the holidays. Christmas stamps and dies are super fun, but sometimes you just don't have the time or money to get new specific supplies, that you can only use a couple months a year. So I wanted to share with you what I look for in my existing supplies for holiday cards, and how I turned them into holiday cards!
Please note that for this post, I have used mainly Altenew stamps, stencils and dies, but you can use any similar supplies. This post was *not* supplied by or requested by Altenew.
These are the basic elements I look for in the supplies I have:
1. potential Christmas patterns: polka dots for snow, stripes & plaid, trees that could create a winter scene, etc.
2. potential Christmas shapes: florals that could be holiday themed, vaguely poinsettia shaped flowers or winter flowers, leaves in general as long as they aren't tropical looking
3. specialty paper: gold and silver, red and green, or even blue for winter scenes
4. any Christmas or winter themed ink colors to color any of our patterns or shapes
5. any embellishments that could be used for snow, berries or holiday decoration (red or green gems, pearls, white embossing powder for snow, etc.).
6. alphabet stamps or dies are super useful for this, because you can spell out anything you want, without having to get Christmas sentiments
For my first card, I combined a leaf cover die, specialty paper, red embellishments and alphabet dies to create my Christmas card.
I did some green watercolor on some watercolor cardstock, and then die cut the leaf cover die from it. I also used it to cut white card stock to layer underneath our green paper to create dimension. I then adhered them both on top of silver glitter card stock for some extra holiday shine. I then flicked water on the watercolor paper to create some spots that could emulate snow.
Then I die cut the letters for "peace" twice, once from gray and once from white. I glued the gray behind the white for a bit of a shadow effect, and then painted the white letters with Wink of Stella for some shimmer. Then below "peace", I added 5 red gems for some extra traditional Christmas colors.