The Christmas cards

Just a few of the 26 cards

For this year (2017) I decided to make Christmas cards that had stamped images and a die cut window. Originally I wanted Tilda to be behind the window as I had seen in an other blog. But I had problems getting a right sized and nice looking window.

Both the trees and Tilda the elf are by Magnolia. I stamped them with Versafine black ink and coloured them with Distress inks. I used the inks as watercolours. I added some glitter glue to give extra spark and glitter. Also, the jingle bells have some gold shimmer from a Wink of Stella pen.

The window die is by Mama elephant. I attached a piece of clear acetate behind the window frame and behind that a piece of patterned paper as a curtain. The background papers, the ones with wood paneling / wood planks are from different sets of papers or paper pads. The foundation of the wall, the brick wall, was embossed with an embossing folder. I had to make a seam behind the trees because the embossing folder was slightly too narrow for the base card. I added some white chalk ink to make the embossing to pop out more.

All the cards have a different outcome despite the similar elements

The last cards don't have a brick wall foundation and only one card has a patterned paper inside

The one card with the patterned paper inside, has an embossed brick wall and a see through window

The sentiment "Jouluiloa" translates into "Christmas joy". I wanted to try, how the gold foil would stick on the chipboard. So, I covered the chipboard with some adhesive using the Deco foil adhesive pen by iCraft, placed the gold foil over it and then ran it through the Sizzix Big shot die cutting machine. I actually put two coats of adhesive and ran it twice through Big shot because I wasn't sure if one time was enough.

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