Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Color Me Christmas: Simple 5 Card Set

So, maybe you're thinking of making your own Christmas cards, but you don't wanna go crazy. No worries, you can sit back and savor the season with these quick and easy cuties. The picture doesn't do them justice, but their clean & simple layouts really catch your eye, and the Crumb Cake card bases deliver the warmth of handmade holidays:

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The main images on each of these 5 cards, all come from one stamp set called Color Me Christmas (available in wood-mount or clear-mount). I stamped them each with different colors of ink because I wanted them to be different without coloring them. But honestly, you could stamp all the pictures onto Whisper White card stock using StazOn Jet Black ink and then color in the pictures with markers...or pass the work onto the kiddos with a set of crayons! That is, after all, why the set is called Color Me Christmas. To keep the supplies to a minimum, just use the same StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the seasonal sayings, too. I used all 4 greetings from the Greetings of the Season stamp set (available in wood-mount or clear-mount), and added the "all I want for Christmas" saying from the Christmas Messages stamp set (available in wood-mount or clear-mount). FYI: the clear-mount version of the Christmas Messages set is 30% OFF during the 2013 Holiday Sale from Nov 20th thru December 2nd, 2013!!! But you could just use either one stamp set or the other, if you'd prefer.

The only other things you might need to know are that the background circle of card stock is cut with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, and the images were punched out with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Again, if you want to keep the supplies to a minimum, just choose one color card stock for the 2-1/2" Circle Punch instead of the varied colors that I used. I recommend Soft Suede card stock for that option, because it's dark enough to give you deep contrast, yet neutral enough to go with any other colors you put on the card.

So, here are the colors I used on the cards in my photo, in case you'd like to duplicate them exactly. All the card bases are Crumb Cake card stock, and you can actually order the Crumb Cake Cut & Ready Card Bases and they will be cut to size and already scored for you. The rest of the ink and card stock plays out like this:
  • Reindeer - Baked Brown Sugar ink for Reindeer and saying, Pool Party card stock for background circle.
  • Santa - Real Red ink for Santa and saying, Basic Gray card stock for background circle.
  • Gift - Pacific Point ink for Gift and saying, Cherry Cobbler card stock for background circle.
  • Tree - Gumball Green ink for Tree, Soft Suede ink for saying, Soft Suede card stock for circle.
  • Stocking - Marina Mist ink for Stocking and saying, Wild Wasabi* card stock for circle.
*Gumball Green will almost work for this but I felt it was just a tiny bit too bright, and competed with the Marina Mist stamping.

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