Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christ Is Born Card

For the past couple of years, my parents have received an "early" Christmas present - their Christmas cards made by me. Mom & I both use religious designs over all. Click HERE to see last year's design for them.

This design was inspired by the Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog page 43 - the sample shown for the Christ is Born set. I wanted a larger size, so I expanded the proportions from fitting into an SU! small open-ended envelope to fitting into a #10 business letter sized envelope.

My mom wasn't too keen on the Kraft cardstock look of the example in the book. It asn't festive enough for her tastes. So I replaced the Kraft with Certainly Celery. Then I replaced the Handsome Hunter underlayer of Whisper White with Real Red. I added some poinsettias stamped in Versamark to the Certainly Celery on the left side for a subtle space filler. The main poinsettia image is stamped in Real Red Craft Ink, then quickly covered with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Mom LOVES sparkle! This was her idea to add to the design.

I also replaced the sentiment on the outside of the card, on the 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon. It made more sense to me to use the Scripture verse that is part of the stamp on the front of the card. The poinsettia and the Scripture verse are both raised up on dimensionals. Lastly - to save on ribbon AND increase the ease of assembly, I adhered a length of ribbon first, then adhered a separate 'knot bow' with a mini glue dot. There is paper piercing along the top edge of the Handsome Hunter layer. The leaves are the poinsettia image stamped in Handsome Hunter on the same, then individually cut out.

Stamps: Christ is Born
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Real Red, Handsome Hunter & Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Handsome Hunter Classic & Real Red Craft
Accessories: Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, White Embossiong Powder, Heat Tool, Crafters Tool Kit, Dimensionals & Mini Glue Dots.


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Jill Coleman said...

Oh my goodness Juli, thanks for the laugh! I love your philosophy!

You already know I love the card and I love that you and your Mom designed it together. What a blessing.