Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Holiday Trio


Hello, Hampton fans… It’s Hampton Art designer Britt Bass ! Here in the eleventh hour of the Holiday season I wanted to give you a happy, bright, card trio to give you the extra push you might need to make it through your last minute holiday crafting!

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Card One
Hampton Art stamps: Love and Cheer (PS0718)

Clearsnap Ink: Fireberry Dye Ink (SN27004)


Patterned Paper: (Fesivus) Recollections

Cardstock: (white) The Paper Company

Accents: (red) Satin Ribbon, (gems) Martha Stewart


Card Two

Hampton Art stamps: Joy Peace Love Ornament (PS0514A)

Clearsnap Ink: Fireberry Dye Ink (SN27004)


Patterned Paper: (Fesivus) Recollections

Cardbase: (blue) Target

Accents: (green) Grossgrain Ribbon, (gems) Martha Stewart, (“greetings” button) JC Penny Button Campaign


Card Three

Hampton Art stamps: Merry Christmas Ornament (PS0211A), Just Add Snow (SC0271)

Clearsnap Ink: Fireberry Dye Ink (SN27004)


Patterned Paper: (Fesivus) Recollections

Cardbase: (green) DCWV

Accents: (teal) Twine, (gems) Recollections



Designer Notes:

Instead of step-by-step directions I want to give you some tips on how to make a group of cards that coordinate, but aren’t exactly the same. Some crafters simply hate to craft for the holidays because it can take you pretty far out of your normal process – especially if you try to save time by creating the same project many times over. Hopefully these tips will help you create for the holidays in a timely manner without the creativity-stifling necessity of mass-production.

1: Choose one paper collection or pad and one color of ink. This will help you focus on design and not waste extra time choosing supplies between each card.

2: Use standard-size cards that are all the same and come with matching envelopes. I used three A2 size cards with envelopes. If you do this, you not only standardize your cost for mailing the cards, but, you don’t have to schlep through the process of making envelopes when your mojo is all gone.

3: Choose a single theme for your stamping. It was much easier for me to choose stamps when I decided that all my cards would have an ornament theme. I didn’t have to agonize over the perfect stamp for each card because I only had to pick from stamps that fit my theme.

4: Embellish sparingly. Basically I decided on two specific types of embellishment (gems and fiber/ribbon) – which I used with an editorial eye. Using restraint with the embellishments will help with shipping cost, time, and fitting those cards into your existing envelopes.

5: Lastly, break some of the rules. Don’t let the rules cripple you. A cute, glossy button wasn’t part of the original plan, but when I saw it laying on my table I just couldn’t resist. When crafting for the holidays, follow the rules second but follow your heart first. That way, you can’t go wrong.

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