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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Christmas card prototyping begins...

Each year I make a few different prototypes for Christmas cards and then decide which one I will mass produce.  I make about 85-90 cards for the holidays so this process has to begin early so that I have time to get the necessary supplies and work out the kinks before I set up my "factory line."

Enfys, over on Going Buggy, has a September challenge to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors - no red, no green. Her challenge was the perfect impetus to get me started.

Here's the first prototpe I've come up with:

I've used some lovely dark purple cardstock for the base. It's very heavy but still folds nicely when scored.  The white mat has been embossed with a 5" X 7" embossing folder. I believe it's called "Holly and Ribbons."  The pattern doesn't show up so well in the photo but it adds a lot of texture and interest to the card. It's only embossed as far down as the ribbon.

I cut the tree using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and then stamped it with the coordinating CTMH stamp using purple chalk ink.  I've matted the stamped tree with another one cut slightly larger out of the dark purple cardstock. I think I actually had to cut it 1/2" larger to get it to mat properly. I don't recall if there was a shadow option, but that would have been a better choice if it's available. The tree is popped up on dimensionals.
To coordinate with the glittery ribbon, I added stickles to each little dot on the tree and drew over the the loopy line with a glitter pen. I wish it showed up in the photos, because it looks very pretty IRL.
The NOEL stamp is an old one I've had for quite a while and I'm not at all sure of the manufacturer.
I think I really like the simplicity of this card. I could definitely make a bunch of them in a very short time.

I've also kept the inside clean and simple with a sentiment stamped with purple ink. I think I will choose to heat emboss it, if I use this prototype for all my cards.

Thanks for stopping by. Remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Shanna said...

So pretty! I have an unhealthy love affair with purple so this really appeals to me. Nice work mom!

Enfys said...

Love the clean and simple lines of this card. Thank you for entering the Going Buggy challenge this month, and good luck