Thursday, September 9, 2010

Take the (Cottage) Christmas Card Challenge!!!!

Hello everyone!! This is Heather again from the Imaginisce DT. A couple of months ago Lori, our DT coordinator, issued a challenge to start making your Christmas cards before November. So, for once, I actually did this and not only did I take her challenge, but I managed to get 18 handmade Christmas cards made. And last year, I don’t even remember if I mailed Christmas cards. (I know, shame on me).

So, I am going to share with you how I made mine. And believe me, if I can make cards, then you can. I am not much of a card maker, or a stamper for that matter, and I did both. With a few sheets of cardstock, 6x6 card pad, stamps, and a few punches you can make some cute handmade Christmas cards.

First the supplies I used:
Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card Pad
(3) 12x12 sheets each of (3) different cardstocks (coordinate with patterns in card pad)
(1) 12x12 sheet of white cardstock
Stayzon ink
Acrylic stamping block
Variety of Coloring Markers (I used Copic)
2” & 2 ½” Scalloped Circle Punches
I-rock tool & gems and studs
Foam Adhesive
Optional: Border Punches (3 styles)

Now the assembly:

1) I picked out (2) each of three different patterns of the papers in the 6x6 Cottage Christmas card pad and then picked the coordinating snag’em stamps that went with the patterned papers.

2) Then I selected three different colors of cardstock that would match all three of the patterns. I choose a light blue, Christmas red, and a kraft color. Cut (2) pieces of each 12x12 cardstock into 8 ½” x 5 ½” and then fold in half. You should have 6 of each color.

3) Save the cardstock scraps. You will use them on the cards.

4) Cut 1 ½” strips of the patterns and glue to the center of the cards width wise.

5) Punch out (18) 2” scalloped circles from the white cardstock. Stamp (6) each of the three different stamps. Color in your stamped images. Ink the edges of the scallop circles.

6) Now take the leftover cardstock strips from cutting the cards and use a border punch on them and layer over the patterned paper strip on the front of the card.

7) Decorate your card or stamped image with the i-rock tool, crystals and glam rocks.

8) Use foam tape to adhere the stamped images to the cards.

That is it!!! I used the same pattern, but the cards were all similar.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get to it!! Take the challenge. Like I said, if I can do it, then you can.

Imaginisce DT member

So now we would like for you to take part of the challenge. Let us know if you have started your Christmas/Holiday cards for this year. We would love to see them as well. Up for grabs: an I-rock tool with crystals and glam rocks, exclusive i-rock tote and a Cottage Christmas 6x6 Card pad.

What you have to do to enter:
Leave a comment with a link showing us your Christmas cards you've started, or post the image on our Facebook page OR email the image to our blog email address contactimaginiscegmailcom. We'll give you a week (due date 9/20) to show us what you've started and obviously using Imaginisce products always make us happy!!


Dawn said...

I started a few kind of as a challenge but it is a start right?
Here is my post from last week
Wish I would have had the I-rock back then!
Thanks for a chance to win

Cari said...

That's awesome girl!!! WTG on getting a head start!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Love those! I have been making some already but haven't posted. Will put those on my posting priority list ASAP!

Katrina said...

I've made a total of one card so far LOL I'm about to get into the swing of it now that Aussie stores are getting all the new Christmas gear in - I absolutely ADORE cottage Christmas.... I can't wait to get my hands on some!!! ;)

Jennybean said...

Here's the link to my card for this year... I have a few assembled and everything else is all cut ready to put together. I'm making 100 cards this year, so I have to get started early!

Abby said...

I made 30 holiday cards last month, yay me! It's so nice to know they're done and ready to mail on time this year. Last year, I was still making cards on Christmas Eve lol.

Within the 30, there are a few Imaginisce cards, too :) and

Thanks for looking and for the chance to win such an awesome prize!

Renata Moni said...

so cute! love them all!

crittercrafts said...

Here is a card I made a few weeks ago

Bobbi said...

Those are so cute. This is a cute paper line. I wish more stores by me sold your products. Here are some christmas cards I made over the last couple weeks:

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I've made several cards like this in prep for the holidays. It's been a busy couple of weeks.

Cherie Scraps said...

Heres two cards Ive made so far, scroll through the posts!

Kate said...

Managed one more to add to the pile here, still not got into making batches like yours, give me time!

** Kate **


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