Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas cards 2012

Well my crafty friends, I am still here. Between dealing with the nerve pain, finishing Christmas cards & presents, and the FLU...I have not been able to post in three weeks. Feels like forever.
I have had so many cute ideas and my body just would not cooperate. Oh well, that just means more projects for next year, right. LOL

I started making my Christmas cards months ago. Sadly when I start early I seldom finish early because I just keep adding more and more crafty goodness right up to the deadline to deliver it. LOL ...I just can't help it. My mind just keeps thinking of extra little things to add.

Well here is a look at my Christmas card for 2012. It may not look like it at first, but there are several steps to this card.

The card base is a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 inches white card stock that is folded in half. The edges are inked by blending Faded Jeans onto the card.
Next is a mat cut at 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 and edged in Fired Brick Distress Ink. 

The next layer is 5 inch by 8 inch white card stock ...Yes, white! I blended Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Faded Jeans onto it then stamped snowflakes onto my background with each of the colors I just mentioned.

 But wait...I did not stop there...
On top of all that, I stamped more snowflakes with Staz-on and dusted Perfect Pearls over the entire surface. The powder adheres to the Staz-on to make beautiful shimmery white/silver snowflakes and adds a subtle glimmer to the rest of the background. I misted the paper with water to activate the binders in the Perfect Pearls.

The reindeer was cut from brown cardstock with one of my own cut files. It was embossed and covered with German Silver Gilder's Paste. I added a tiny dot of red Stickles to the nose. :)

Now for the layers at the bottom. 
I tore the edges of each layer. The vellum layer got embossed. The middle layer got smeared with Stickels. The last layer is Core-dinations that I embossed and sanded. 

A handmade snowflake embellishment tops it off.

Hope you like it. 

Here is a 3 minute video of our Christmas lights at our new house. It is not much but considering my hubby did it all while working 12 hour shift work and taking care of me, i think it is very nice. :)


Mihaela said...

Such a awesome background you made and the embossed reindeer looks just great! You made a beautiful card!!!
Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Jani!! The background looks amazing and the embossed reindeer is so awesome!! It's beautiful...I love it!! And your Christmas lights are absolutely fabulous!! I hope you are feeling much better, and you and your family have a very happy holiday season!! Merry Christmas :)

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Gail's Card Cafe' said...

I love your Christmas lights! I've only got a tree up and some plastic candy canes up out walk way. Does you hubby do house calls? LOL
I miss you!!

craftysals creative corner said...

Absolutely stunning jani, wish I was as motivated as you, my health problems are still ongoing so not had my mojo with me this year....... want to wish you and yours the very best christmas holidays and good luck for 2013

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh, this is JUST AWESOME! I love the beautiful texture.
Your christmas lighting are wonderful, what a great job your husband did.
Merry Christmas to you and all!!!!!

Lolis said...

Your card is beautiful! I love all the different techniques you used! Your husband did an amazing job with the lights! I hope you feel better soon! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Tracey Sabella said...

Such an amazing layered and embossed card. Thanks for sharing the details!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!! ~ Blessings, Tracey