Friday, October 2, 2009

Boughs of Holly

Halloween is one of the holidays I don't do and I usually don't send Thanksgiving cards so I have started on Christmas. When I send Christmas cards I need them not to require extra postage, except the ones for family and special friends, as it can get pretty expensive. I do like to send handmade cards so I don't do a lot of layers. As long as a card is a standard size, doesn't weigh more than 1 oz and is less than 1/4" thick It will only require a 44¢ stamp.

TIP: If you have a cutter with a sliding blade the gap where the blade slides is 1/4" so if your card will fit through the space you will be a-okay on thickness.

For this card I stamped the holly branch and the salutation on white CS then used a rectangle Nestie to trace a rectangle making sure that some of the leaves overlapped the rectangle. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and OMS and then used a ruler and craft knife to cut the straight lines stopping just shy of the overlapping parts. I then cut around the overlapping leaves with scissors leaving a small white border. I adhered this to a slightly larger red mate with dimensional tape. For added texture on the green mat I scored lines using Scor-Pal.

3 comments:

Gloria said...

Very nice...you are just so smart..Thanks for all your tips...

Diann said...

Beautiful Christmas card, Jennie!
I love the design and holly is always a favorite....how awesome it would be to find this beauty in our mailbox at Christmas! Diann

Rita said...

Well it is about time...I was having withdrawals here...this is just beautiful...now off to see how to make ten cards...thanks Jennie!