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.
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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!
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)
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.
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.
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
12 Sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Page 174 of the Idea Book & Catalogue
Don’t think it, ink it!