Wishing you the Happiest Holidays!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is my FINAL Christmas card of the year! Yay me! Lol!! Hopefully you already have all your cards made and mailed out since Christmas is just a few days away! I for one, started way later than I normally do, but was able to make all the cards I needed. For my last card, I thought I would combine some new products from the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog and the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog to make a soft and sweet snowflake card! It all started when I decided that I really needed to use my Pool Party Sheer ribbon, which I haven’t used in a long time, and the rest just came together! As a bonus, I used a whole 12” x 12” sheet of the Peaceful Place DSP to create six of these cards. Since this DSP is not carrying over, I really want to get it used up and make room for all the new DSP coming out on January 4th when the new January – June 2022 Mini Catalog goes live!

The base layer is this design from the Peaceful Place DSP, cut into six 4” x 5 ¼” pieces and six ¾” x 4” strips, which will be used for the inside of the card:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Two of the Wonderful Snowflakes.

2. Use these two snowflakes dies to die-cut from the mirror foil sheet from the Silver Foil Specialty Paper.

3. Cut a 1” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock, heat emboss the sentiment from Heartfelt Wishes in silver embossing powder and use the small snowflake stamp from Snowflake Wishes to stamp around the sentiment in Pool Party ink.

4. Use enough of the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon to create a faux bow.

I used a dab of liquid glue in the center of each Wonderful Snowflakes to adhere towards the corners of the DSP base layer and placed a small amount of Seal adhesive in-between to adhere the sheer ribbon, which is folded over into a faux bow. Dimensionals are used to adhere the sentiment piece across the DSP base layer and liquid glue to adhere the die-cut silver snowflakes as shown. This completed piece is adhered to a Pool Party cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the side, and stamp the sentiment in Pool Party ink. These sentiments are two stamps, which placed each one on a “G” block and stamped separately. I originally had them off set on one block, but I didn’t like the look of that and tried stamping this way, which turned out better in my opinion:

For the coordinating envelope, I used one large snowflake stamp to stamp two times in Smoky Slate ink and used the small snowflakes stamp to stamp around in Pool Party ink:

Aaaand DONE! Making Christmas cards at least!! Since most of Painted Christmas Suite is carrying over to next year, I’m not rushed to use those all up! I did purchase the Gold Holly Leaves and not one was ever used! They were sitting right here on my desk, but I just didn’t get to them, boo! A couple of lessons I learned this holiday season, starting with Halloween, is that I really need to stay on track and start early (I got off track and just stayed behind) and decorating my coordinating envelopes is SUCH a time saver! While I had a personal self-inking address stamp made and print my out-going mail addressees on labels, which not only saves time and my hands, not having to go back and stamp coordinating envelopes was such a relief! I really think I’m going to keep this practice up going forward for all my cards! Normally I would just store my cards away into my file system (grouped by theme: birthday, thank you, blank, etc.) and decorate the envelope when I select the card(s) to mail out. Just goes to show you, making one simple adjustment can be such a time saver!!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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