Somehow, not only for Christmas,
but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you. -John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, how I love Christmas. And oh, how I dislike winter. I love having snow at Christmastime, but honestly? It would be great if we got some snow at Thanksgiving, and kept it for Christmas, and then it can just all go away thank you very much!
I love everything about Christmas – the family traditions, the decorations, the tree, picking out just the right gifts, all the wonderful things to eat and drink – awesome. I start listening to Christmas carols in mid-November. But, I can never seem to do everything I want to do.
So I decided I’ll spend July making Christmas cards and we’ll have some Christmas in July blog posts. it’ll be the first time in years I’ve made cards to send out for Christmas, and I’ll be ahead of the game! I’ll also post some cards that are more appropriate to the season we’re in, but hope to come up with some fun Christmas/holiday designs to share.
This card was made using one of the My Favorite Things Birdie Brown elves. They are just adorable. This is a card made from a paper frame. The frame is attached to the outside of the card – I love the 3-D effect. You could also add some fake snow and put a piece of acetate over the top (under the die cut frame) and make it a shaker card as well. Later on this month I’ll show you some envelope ideas for cards like these, but you could just make it flat and not bother with the box.
The tree and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Peace Love and Joy set, and the holly and berries from the Memory Box You Keep Me in Stitches stamp set. I”m not sure where the snowflake is from.
I masked everything except the snowflakes – I cut some wide Post-It Note tape into a hill shape, added it to the bottom of the tree to mask it. I colored everything with Copic Markers. I stamped the snowflakes in the same blue I sponged the sky with. I added little jewels to the center of each snowflake, and Glossy Accents to the ornament and holly berries. I cut a 4″ stitched frame from a die set I have and used that to frame the outside For some final touches I added a gold jingle bell to the cap and some white dots and highlights to the tree and the holly leaves.
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