2017 Holiday Card

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I honestly cannot believe that the holidays are HERE!!!  Sorry for being MIA recently.  We took some time off work to take the kids to Disneyland – our first family vacation in 3 years!  It was truly an adventure with all the craziness we went through!  I did a few cards prior to vacation and didn’t get a chance to share those – so they will be shared towards the end of this post.

When we got back from vacation, I started work on my holiday cards for this year.  I had a hard time deciding what to do this year, so I stalled.  But I think it ended up working out!  I have been using the previous year’s holiday stamps on current cards a lot.  I have no time to play with anything new, it feels like!

2017 Holiday Card 2

I knew that I wanted to use the Holiday Style stamp set from Sunny Studio.  It’s such a great layering set that creates great dimension.  There is a very realistic bell in the set.  For my card, I chose to use the ornaments because I wanted the focal point of the card to be similar to an ornament.

2017 Holiday Card 3

If you haven’t seen a card like this before – it’s an interactive flip card!  You can definitely make this by doing some partial die cutting with any shape you’d like.  Since I had to make 70 cards – I opted for using the die.  Stampin Up made (it is now a retired product) a Circle Card Thinlets set that makes this super easy.  They seem to have the copyright for the straight corners because I couldn’t find another like it under the Sizzix brand (they also manufacture dies for Stampin’ Up!).  Anyway – Sizzix has these “Flip-Its” dies in other shapes and sizes.  If you want one similar to what I used – you’ll have to be ok with rounded corners (which I initially purchased by mistake).  I will like that alternative below.  I actually found the Stampin’ Up! die on Ebay.  Be on the lookout for a good deal.  Stampin’ Up! prices are often outrageous on Ebay with retired products!

2017 Holiday Card 1

The die actually only cuts the card base without the extra flap on the right that you see.  I had to cut my card base a little shorter in order to slide the cardstock over the end of the die so I can have this extra panel.  To see what I mean, you can take a look at this YouTube video by another crafter.  I wanted to make a video for this card, but unfortunately, there’s something wrong with my editing software right now.  It’s disappointing because I have not made a video in a very long time!

2017 Holiday Card

I got 140 photos printed at Walmart and punched them out using a 2 1/2″ circle punch – die cutting all of those photos would’ve been painful considering I ink-sponged 70 card bases, stamped 5 branches, 2 ornaments (requiring 4 different layers), and the sentiments on each card!  This is truly an annual labor of love!

My favorite thing about this card?  Its ONE layer (except for the photos I attached) with lots of stamping!

Now for some cards I made prior to my vacation.  I made 4 wedding cards! One was for someone who reached out to me from Australia – how cool is that?

Congratulations Money Card 2

I watercolored the background using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers using the “swooshing” method with acetate and embossed the bold sentiment over the center.  The velum banner is stamped using Staz-On ink and dots heat-embossed with gold.  She wanted it to hold money, so I made the card longer.

Wedding Slider Card

Wedding Slider Card 1

Speaking of money – I also made a money holder for another wedding we went to.  This one is a slider card with a pocket.  The pull out tab just has slots to hold the money.

Wedding Cheers

The final card is made using Nuvo texture paste – which I’ve never played with before.  The dies for the sentiment, wine bottle and glasses are all from My Favorite Things – such clever designs!

Rose Wonder Die Inlay 3

Last but not least, I have die cut shaker card.  I can’t get creative with glitter anymore when my friend asks me to make her a card with lots of glitter….I can’t say I was really happy or excited about this card – I almost didn’t share!  But we’re all here to share strengths and weakness, right?  HAHA.

Alrighty – I think that’s it!  Thanks for sticking through this one!  I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES (for my 2017 Holiday card):

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

SS Holiday Style
SS Holiday Style
SSS | SS
SU Circle Card Thinlits (Retired)
SU Circle Card Thinlits (Retired)
Sizzix Mini Circle Flip-Its
Sizzix Mini Circle Flip-Its
White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS
Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink
Night of Navy Ink
Night of Navy Ink
Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Basic Gray Ink
Basic Gray Ink
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
EH | SSS | AMZN
MSP MISTI
MSP MISTI
EH | SSS | MSP
EK Tools 2-1/2 Inch Circle Punch
EK Tools 2-1/2 Inch Circle Punch

 


4 thoughts on “2017 Holiday Card

  1. Oh, sweet Caly! What a beautiful Christmas card, and I LOVE the photos! You are such a dear family, and I can hardly believe how the children are growing! So glad you got away for vacation…you needed it! I love your design, and what a sweet card fold. And look at the gorgeous wedding cards! Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving, precious friend, and I am blessed to know you!! Hugs and love! xoxo

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      1. I absolutely LOVE your card, and thank you so much! It’s far more beautiful IRL!! Merry Christmas, sweet Caly! Love to you all! xoxo

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