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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to all!  This is a photo of the Christmas Card I sent out this year.

Supplies: Rejoicing With You stamp set (item 126300 wood $21.95 or 126302 cling $16.95)
Northern Flurries embossing folder (120902 $7.95) 
3 1/2 inch Circle die (122125 $17.95) 
Versamark Ink (102283 $7.50)
Gold embossing powder (109129 $4.75)
Uni-ball Signo gel pen (105021 $3.95)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430 $3.95)
Brushed Gold Card Stock (102935 $7.95 for 10 sheets)
Natural White Card Stock (102316 $7.95 for 40 sheets)
Riding Hood Red Card Stock (111348 $6.95)
Stampin' Pads: Cherry Cobbler  (126966), Midnight Muse (126860), and Garden Green (126973) $5.95 each.
Sponge Daubers (102892 $10.95 for 12)
Retired items:  Round Tab Punch and Peaceful Wishes (branches)

I like to keep Christmas cards simple, because, like most stampers, I send lots of cards. 
First I cut all my card stock first, embossed the card front and stamped the back with my personalized stamps -name and website ;) .  

Next, I cut out all my "ornaments" from Riding Hood Red card stock using the circle die and Big Shot- the 3 1/2 inch circle die can cut 3 sheets of card stock at a time, so that went quickly.  I stamped the angel in Versamark Ink on Riding Hood Red card stock and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.   That was the longest step in the process, and I did about 5 at a time to keep the assembly line rolling without drying too quickly.  

I sponged the edges in Cherry Cobbler Ink, and added little shiny marks with the Uni-ball Signo gel pen.  The ornament tops were cut from Brushed Gold card stock using the Round Tab Punch, folded and stapled to the ornaments.  

The last step for the front was to stamp the branches on the background, and sponge the edges.  The edges by the branches were sponged in Garden Green, the remainder of the edges were sponged in Midnight Muse.  The ornament was adhered to the background using Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the inside, I got clever - I scored a sheet of Whisper White card stock into 4 rectangles, 4" x 5-1/4" and stamped my sentiments in color and signed them with a Cherry Cobbler marker, and color copied it to make enough inserts for all my cards.  Slice slice slice and they were perfectly sized to glue inside the cards with the 2-Way Glue Pen (100425 $4.50) and was done!

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