Dec 09 2010

Happy Christmas Card Day

Stampin Up Canada Jolly Holiday Paper


Did you know that December 9th is Christmas Card Day?


In 1843, the first Christmas Cards were sent by Sir Henry Cole. Until than it was traditional to exchange a handwritten message but as Sir Henry needed to send more than 1000 greetings, he commissioned an artist to create a Christmas Card he could send instead. See the original card here. The first Christmas Card’s inscription read: "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you." After 150+ years, no different than many of the cards I send and receive each year.

Today, I want to share some cards I made using the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Papers and Old Olive Satin Ribbon. I still have not decided on a final design for my personal Chrismt Cards this year so one of these may just be it. Do you have a favourite? Leave a comment and let me know.

Scroll down to see a larger image of each card. 


Are you a messy or a neat stamper? I always make such a mess. I grab everything as I think I might need it and never put away what I decide not to use. I thought I would share a photo of my work space yesterday after I had finished making these cards. Yikes!


My Messy Stampin' Up! Workspace



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Stamps: Gifts of Christmas (115372) or Jolly Old Saint Nick (Clear 121321, Wood 121711) or Tags til Christmas (Clear 121169, Wood 120847), Four the Holidays (116921)

Inks: Cherry Cobbler Marker (119681), Old Olive Marker (100079)

Paper: Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (117159), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Old Olive (100702), Certainly Celery (105125), Very Vanilla (101650) 

Big Shot: Northern Frost Decorative Strip (120901)

Punches: Oval 3/4" x 15/16" (120908)

Other: Certainly Celery 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117292), Regals Brads 119737), Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons (121002), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)



Stampin Up Canada Gifts of Christmas Stamp Set


This card uses the Gifts of Christmas stamp set which is one of my favourites. I coloured the pointsettia image with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive markers and stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock. After layering onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock, I adhered it to the card with dimensionals. The greeting is from the Four the Holidays stamp set. 


Stampin' Up! Canada Northern Frost Decorative Strip Card


This snowflake card might be my favourite of the three I made today. I used Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks to create colour blocks and then added the greeting from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set. The snowflake was made with the Northern Frost decorative strip for the Big Shot and I added a Cherry Cobbler brad from the Regals brads package to the center.


Stampin Up Canada Tags til Christmas Card


 For this card, I used the small oval holly & berries tag image from the Tags til Christmas stamp set. I coloured the stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive markers before stamping onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched the stamped image with the oval punch and added it to the card with linen thread. To finish the card, I added a Cherry Cobbler button from the Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons adhering it with a mini glue dot.



Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper


Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper

12 Sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs

Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

$12.50, #117159

Page 174 of the Idea Book & Catalogue


Don’t think it, ink it!



2 comments so far

2 Responses to “Happy Christmas Card Day”

  1. Katherineon 09 Dec 2010 at 3:47 pm

    These cards are gorgeous, but if you wanna see a messy stamp area, come to my house!!! teehee

  2. Darlene McCallumon 09 Dec 2010 at 4:02 pm

    My problem is actually areas! When my desk is full, I move to the kitchen table and then the island in the kitchen and then… maybe this should be my New Year Resolution. Clean up after yourself!

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