Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

Submitted by Linda
Yes, all is well at the Wallace house. A few of our loyal followers were worried that we had fallen off the face of the earth, since no new posts were appearing. I have been in the throes of kindergarten projects (kid gifts, parents gifts, staff gifts, secret santa gifts) and all the fun events that fill up our calendars this time of year.

Regarding Christmas cards: In the past, I decided not to make hand stamped cards (we usually opted for a Costco photo card), simply because I didn't want to be stressed out trying to stamp 100 cards in December. Well, Stampin' Up Consultant Michelle has kept me out of the stress-zone by making sure we plan and create our cards well in advance.

We have worked together like this for several years, designing a card together, and making it the same, since we mostly send our cards to different people. Keeping in mind that we would together be making over 200 cards, our plan was always to keep it semi-simple, but still show off our mad crafting skills (not to mention bring the spirit of Christmas to our friends via their mailboxes). Well, this year, we chose an elaborate card with many many steps involved! The problem was, we loved the stamp sets so much, we couldn't help ourselves!
My job was to stamp, punch out, and glitter the "Merry Christmas" at the top. Notice that the glitter is Stampin UP's new vintage glass glitter in champagne. I was also in charge of stamping the two bells (shown below the "Merry Christmas"), embossing with gold embossing powder, coloring the holly, and cutting each one out by hand. The cutting out is fun to do in front of the t.v., especially if you have the SU snips scissors. Michelle stamped and colored all the backgrounds, and embossed the big 25 on the gold circle.
Many of the pieces are popped up to give it dimension. And the piece de resistance is the schmootz glitter spray that gives it a subtle sheen.

See what I mean? We didn't even think about counting our hours spent on this, separately, or when we got together to assemble. After all, it is a labor of love.

All of these items are available from Michelle through January 3.

1 comment:

kate wallace said...

You two are so crafty! Those cards are awesome!