Vintage Santa Cozy Christmas Card

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Happy yesterday Halloween!  I don’t know about your part of the woods, but even though it was blustery and rainy most of the day, we still went out and had lots of fun!  Not a lot of trick or treaters in our neighborhood, but I’m doing my part to help keep the tradition alive by taking my family around.  They are just getting old enough to really start getting having a lot of fun with it – and still small enough that everyone loves seeing them. Smile  And now today, with the start of November, I’m seeing lots of people posting and talking about their 30 days of gratitude and sharing each day something they are thankful for.  It something that I think is so good to do these days when we get caught up in what is frustrating or hard in life, or just being way to focused on ourselves!  So, I figured I’d kick off the month sharing something I’m thankful for…. my family!

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I’m so grateful for my awesome kiddos and that they love to craft with me!  My mom who is as much of a craft-a-holic (or even more so than me!) so we can share fun projects and ideas whenever we are together… and my dad who is always so supportive and fun, even if it is putting up with mom and I going on and on about some new technique or project. Smile  And my hubby, who makes it possible to not only have these amazing kids, but supports me running my Stampin’ Up business and staying home to be the mommy I want to be! 

What are you thankful for?

Well, as Halloween has gone by and we are gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought I’d share this fun Christmas card that I made based on an idea shared at Convention this summer using the Cozy Christmas stamp set  and Home for Christmas designer paper.

So many fun layers and textures, it is a sweet little card that uses the heck out of your designer paper!

Tips for making this card:

  • Start by picking your favorite patterned paper.  This one is fun because all the designs come from the same paper pack – Home for Christmas.  Grab two different patterns to create you background layers and cut one rectangle and then cut the second piece to be 1/2” longer and 1/4” shorter than the first piece to give you the look on this card.
  • See that santa?  Isn’t he fun?  No, I’m not some amazing colorer (yeah, I know you didn’t think so, but I’m going to pretend you were thinking I colored him in anyway Smile), he is from one of the patterns of designer paper in the same Home for Christmas pack!  It is a full 12×12 sheet of vintage santas!  Just pick your favorite and cut him out – yes you have to cut him out by hand! – and then just plop him down on the front of your card using a dimensional.  Quick and cute!
  • Add in some of the neat embellishments from the Holiday Catalog to go with your santa including the beautiful subtle striped Vanilla Satin Ribbon.  I just folded over one end of the ribbon piece and used my SNAIL tape runner to hold it in place behind the Whisper White cardstock.  Then cut a banner end out of the dangling side of the ribbon.
    Pro tip – Fold the top of the ribbon FIRST and then ADHERE the ribbon to your white cardstock.  THEN, trim the end of the ribbon (or even wait until then to cut your length of ribbon off the spool!).  That way you can see how much ribbon is showing below the cardstock.  If you cut your ribbon end too early, it may not look as nice when you go to adhere it to the back of your cardstock only to discover you cut your ribbon just a little too short!
  • Grab one of the Pointsettia buttons from the Home for Christmas designer button pack – it even has etching on the top to look like a flower – and run your Old Olive baker’s twine through before tying into a bow and adhering to your card front with a glue dot.
  • Hate trying to thread twine through button holes?  You can always cheat!  Tie your bow first and then just use a glue dot to adhere the twine to the front of the button over the holes!  Most people won’t even notice the difference. Smile
  • Adhere your layers with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then stick to the front of a Garden Green cardstock base that you’ve embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder and you are done!
  • So, thank you again for stopping by.  Like what you see?  Please leave me a comment and letting me know!  Or swing by my Facebook page and say hello there!  I always love hearing from you!

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