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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Two More Christmas Cards?

It really is SPRING now, yay! But it seems I still have a few Christmas cards to get out of my system. First up, a card for the almost-over Merry Monday's 200th challenge! 


There are four options, so of course I had to pick two: the sketch and the colours. 



Other than shifting the sentiment banner off-centre, I stuck very close to the sketch. That little kitty and his mega-hat take up most of a regular A2 card, so this one is a little bigger, 4¾"x6½". I embossed him in holographic embossing powder for some fun sparkle. You can see a little bit of it here: 


After colouring him and putting the card together, I added Glossy Accents to the holly berries and Stickles to the furry parts of his hat. 
Next up is Jingle Belles with their annual April challenge to recycle/upcycle something on a Christmas card. 



If a commercial tag on a Christmas present catches my eye, I like to save them in case I can upcycle them later, so I figured this was an ideal time to use one. 


I thought the tag had a retro vibe, so I picked a couple of papers that I felt had that, too. Then while watching some tv, I traced over the ornament on the tag and all the little stars on the grey paper with my Gelli Roll pen. I also switched out the old ribbon on the tag for the silver. After putting everything together, the last step was adding the teeny sequins and, taking my cue from the talented Stephanie Klauck, added a little bit of silver Stickles to the centre of each. (With the end of a toothpick, they really are small!) 
And now... the sun is shining, I think I'll move on from Christmas to spring... 

Supplies: (cat) Neenah solar white & desert storm cardstock, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, Penny Black Jolly Xmas Kitty & Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps, Versafine onyx black & Ranger lilypad green inks, holographic embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers, glossy Accents, icicle Stickles, fun foam; (glad tidings) white cardstock, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, upcycled commercial tag, Gelli Roll clear glitter pen, May Arts silver ribbon, pop-dot tape

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12 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

I'm so impressed that you are Christmas card making... I plan to do this each year but it never happens! Lovely cards, cute kitty and I love the retro feel to your second card, Jo x

Bonnie said...

What a fun Christmas kitty, Lindsey! Love that big Santa hat! Love how you've upcycled that tag too! I like the idea of Stickles in the center of the sequins! Thanks for joining our celebration at Merry Monday!

Chris Dring said...

Super cute holographic kitty card, and wow the little details you added to the second card makes it worth all the effort!

Chris Dring said...

Super cute holographic kitty card, and wow the little details you added to the second card makes it worth all the effort!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Such an ADORABLE kitty!! Thanks so much for celebrating our 200th challenge at Merry Monday:)!

Karen D said...

This kitty stamp is sooo cute. I love how you have used it on your card.
Looks fab on the Kraft background.

Barbara Godden said...

Look at you go with the Christmas cards, Both are fab. love the kitty (who doesn't) and that tag is fab way to upcycle.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your Cat Claus card is so adorable, Lindsey!! Congratulations on the HM at MM!! I also love how you upcycled the tag!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

KatheD said...

i love both cards, Lindsey, but of course your upcycled tag card is totally my favorite!

Tracey McNeely said...

Okay your Merry Monday Christmas card is so sweet Lindsey--good job using two of the four! I think you rocked your upcycle! All the things that you added or changed on the commercial tag are fabulous! Great post.

lauren bergold said...

well BOTH of these are fabulous, of course, but i'm bound to say the one with the gloriously vintagey upcycled tag is my favorite, right?! :) and truly it is PERFECT... those tiny glittery sequins MAKE IT, as well! thanks for joining our celebration of earth day at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

SmilynStef said...

holographic glitter ... and a candy cane striped tag ... awesome cards ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.