I’m not a big card maker. In fact, I haven’t made many because I wasn’t always happy with the completed result. Either the cards were super simple or they just didn’t look good enough to hand off to people. This year, I told myself that I would just make as many cards as I could, mostly for practice. Thus the Advent Holiday Calendar was born.
As a craft hoarder, Christmas papers is definitely something I stock pile. One of my newer rules that I implemented was to use up my stash, and this project was great for that. While Christmas isn’t as hoarded as Halloween is for me, I still found about 3-5 12X12 papers that had Christmas cut-outs and Holiday themed. I also had bought some specialty papers that were discounted (some velum’s and iridescent card stocks) at the Stamp & Scrapbooking Expo.
The majority of these cards were formatted like: white card base, decorative matching paper as a background, and either one or a few of the cut outs that would be arranged on the card. The green paper with the white polka dots was only one of the many patterned papers. Once I figured out what patterned paper went with which of the Christmas cut-a-parts, I stacked them up, rounded the corners and glued the papers down on my A2 standard blank. Some of the cards got the iridescent blue card stock instead of the patterned papers I had.
In the past, here is where I would usually just stop, however, I wanted to perk them up using whatever I had on hand. In this case I had half dome sticky pearls, glitter glues, rubber stamps (mostly used a Tim Holtz Christmas set along with Distress Oxides). Any card with no patterned paper, I stamped.
Using the sticky backed pearls, I glued those on top of the white polka dots to add some texture and interest.
I used distress oxides to edge the cards.
You can see all the different stamping I did. Others (not shown) received some glitter glue and decorative brads. Making so many, I really felt I was getting the hang of making cards. I need more practice, but these are definitely an improvement from years past.