Monday, December 8, 2014

Last-minute Christmas card

Need some more ideas for your last-minute Christmas cards?  I have a very simple card for you today.

Simple enough, right?

Let's start with the simple supplies:  It involved only one stamp set and one die - Deck the Halls from Lawn Fawn and Scripty joy die from Lawn Fawn as well.  I have used two green ink pads, one brown and one red.  Finally it's red cardstock, some really cool Craft-A-Board from Ellen Hutson (more on that later), and heavy duty white cardstock for card base.

I first started out with a 1 3/4" circle (size doesn't matter, but I'd suggest at least 1") which is used as a guide for me to stamp the wreath.  I know that some people like to trace a circle with pencil and stamp on it but I am trying to skip one step there.  I have had some terrible experience in erasing the circle / guide in my other cards so tho the extent possible I'll try to skip that step.

I started with the pine cones, then the pine sprigs in the lighter green.  Yup, then when I inked it in the darker shade I didn't have to clean my stamp (time-saving trick indeed!).  I finished off the wreath with some red berries then the stamping is complete.

I die cut the word joy with two layers of Craft-A Board and two layers of red cardstock.  Just wanted to give it some dimension, if you are trying to finish it in 5 minutes, skip that.  I added the Wink of Stella shimmer on top of the die cut and sealed the shimmer with glossy accent.  The part that took the longest time was definitely the drying time for the glossy accent.  Again, if you are in a hurry, skip that party.

It is my first time using the Craft-A-Board from Ellen Hutson.  I vaguely remember that it was on Jennifer McGuire's Favorite Crafty Things last year (or even the year before) but I just never got a chance to try that out.  It is really sturdy and is perfect for layering die cuts.  Even though I could stick more layers of cardstocks together to achieve the dimension, this is much faster and easier.

I have another card which is a step up version of today's card.  Will share that with you soon!

This card is entering the following:
Artistic Inspiration - Anything Goes/Snow
Crafty Boots - Merry Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Get Creative - Christmas
The Crazy Challenge - Christmas

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


  1. Lovely CAS card, very nice stamping - I am sure I would mess it all up. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Boots Christmas Challenge.

    Wishing a happy Christmas to you and your family.


  2. Simple yet stunning - really love this!
    Thank you for sharing with us in this weeks challenge over at Get Creative Challenges
    Debby (DT) x

  3. A very lovely projekt. Thanks for playing along at The Crazy Challange!

  4. Lovely card, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  5. Love the CAS design of this. A perfect Christmas card.

    Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Christmas

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  6. A beautiful card, CAS at it's best. Your stamping is lovely and crisp and the die cut finishes the card perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More. Sally D.x.