It’s December 2nd, and the time has come to start mass producing a few of my favorite Christmas cards. Over the last few months, I’ve designed 60 unique Christmas cards, but I need to mail twice that number. After looking through my collection, I chose this one that you may recall.
I selected this card for several reasons: (1) It was well received by my stamping friends. (2) I had all of the supplies. (3) It would be fairly easy to replicate.
1. Commit to making 20. It’s a good number for mass producing, because you can complete the job without becoming tired of it.
2. Start with the supply where you could possibly run short. In this case it was the Frosted Floral DSP, I had just enough for 20 strips, 5″ X 1 1/2.”
3. Cut 20 strips of Soft Sea Foam cardstock, 1/8″ larger.
4. Cut 20 of the word Christmas from Sparkle Glimmer Paper. Remember to save the dot for the “i.” You’ll see it is missing from my original card.
5. Take a break from cutting, and glue the two strips and the word together.
6. Cut 10 pieces of Thick Whisper White cardstock in half, and score at 4 1/4,” but don’t fold yet.
7. Run the Woodland embossing folder through the Big Shot directly on the card front. Eliminating the layer saves paper and time.
8. While the card is flat, stamp the back with your signature. I really like the ease of my self-inking stamp.
You can go to Personalzation mall.com and search self-inking address stamps, if you’re interested.
9. Now, you can fold, and I recommend a bone folder to make it nice and flat.
10. Cut 20 Sea Foam, and 20 Mint Macaron branches using the die from Frosted Bouquet, and glue on each corner of the embossed card front. This is the most tedious part, so take breaks.
11. Stamp 20 of the word “merry” in Mint Macaron ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock, and use the Merry Christmas die for cutting.
12. Glue the “Christmas” strip and “merry” to the embossed card front.
13. Stamp 20 of the inside sentiment (Dashing Deer stamp set) in Mint Macaron ink on Whisper White cardstock, and use a Stitched Shapes square die for cutting, then glue in place. I find this much less stressful than stamping directly on the card.
14. Apply 6 sequins; 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom. It’s amazing how one tiny spot of Tombow Liquid Glue holds a sequin in place.
Here are my 20 cards letting the sequins dry. The sun is back out in San Diego.
Twenty down, forty to go. Thinking about the people who will be receiving the cards makes the time pass quickly.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Click on the link to my original card to see the supply list. (Dazzling Diamonds Paper is now Sparkle Glimmer Paper.) Have a great day!