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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Christmas in . . . February!

Last year, I only got a few of the Christmas cards made & sent that I had intended to send.  So this year, I decided not only would I start early, but I'd make it much easier on myself as well!

The cards I'll show you over the next several days, started with a set from Hunkydory called "Cute Christmas Luxury Card Collection".  It says it makes at least 20 cards.  Since the kit comes with 20 sheets of cardstock and 10 sheets of die cuts, I guess they figure each card uses a sheet of cardstock and 1/2 sheet of die cuts.  However, if I continue the way I've been going, I'll get at least twice as many cards out of this kit.  Here are two cards I made using 1 card stock sheet & approximately 1/2 a sheet of die cuts.   

This first one was made as a tri-fold card.  The front has a couple of die cuts on it - the costumed people & the sentiment.  It uses 1/2 of the card stock sheet as the card base, and has another die cut at the bottom (which is on the inside until you open the card).

The second is the one you saw at the top of this post - here it is again:

For this one, I took the die-cut frame that had been around the focal I used on the previous card.  I centered it over a picture of the same costumed people that were on the remaining portion of the piece of cardstock and cut around them to form this framed piece.  I glued it to the front of a plain card blank & added a tag (from Hunkydory's "Christmas 2016 Sentiments") to which I'd added a piece of gold ribbon.  You can't really tell in the picture, but the inside & outside edges of the frame have gold foiling which is picked up with the sentiment. 

Here's the inside.

The center of the inside again has a sentiment piece from the "Christmas 2016 Sentiments", but it wasn't as big as I wanted.  So, I took a piece of holographic gold foil tissue paper, backed it with a piece of double-stick adhesive sheet (from Elizabeth Craft - made it easier both to cut the thin paper, and to adhere it to the card), cut it with one of my cutting dies (Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven) and used it for a mat.  It is really pretty in person.  The bottom border was created by cutting a strip of green/red/white striped paper from my stash, & coloring the white with yellow so it better matched the die cuts.  The other two die cuts here were from the original kit.  

So, there you have the first two of my Christmas cards from this set.  I love Hunkydory kits.  They really give you a lot of "bang for the buck".

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