I used a little bit of artistic license this month and instead of using GREEN greenery, I used mostly WHITE greenery on my two cards. Darnell has also given us permission for this month only, to make our two cards for the same occasion if we'd like, and so I took her up on this one time offer and made two Christmas cards!
I'll apologize up front for my terrible lighting, but we in Michigan are in the NO SUNSHINE time of the year (November - April), and since I still struggle with using my light box (shadows, shadows, shadows!!!), my pictures are what they are!
I fell in love with a shadow box card that Kay Miller had made a few weeks ago and wanted to try my hand at one. My photos don't do this card justice, but in real life there is so much depth and dimension, and I was really pleased with the way it came out! I started by making my background which uses The Greetery's Frosty Flakes Stencil and blending with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. It's very soft and subtle, but sets the tone for my wintery landscape. Next I added 3 pine trees directly to the background (The Greetery's Christmas Eve stamp set). My third step was creating the branch (The Greetery's Blooming Branch) by stamping and die cutting it, and then scoring the one end of the branch so I could adhere it to the side of the box. (2 pieces of cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 6 and then scored at 4 1/4 and 5 1/2.) Next I added a few stamped and die cut greenery branches (The Greetery's With Love At Christmas) to make it look a bit more wintery, and also added my red bird from The Greetery's Robin & Wren stamp set. To finish this card off, I added my WHITE greenery to the framing using Tim Holtz's Holiday Greens die set. Here's a close up for you to see more detail...
My greeting is on the back of the card, and it does fold flat and fits into a regular A2 size envelope. This card definitely took a bit of time, but was well worth the effort and FUN to make!
My 2nd card was definitely a bit simpler to make, but I love the way this one turned out too! I used the same Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies on the top half of my card...I'm loving the simplicity of white on white lately!! For the bottom I simply added a piece of plaid DSP (Tim Holtz also!) and a strip of gold mirror cardstock (can you see my reflection taking the photo??) to ground all my white greenery, and then finished by adding my die cut sentiment (PTI's Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection) in white to balance out my card. Easy peasy and very striking (IMHO!).
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