Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Merry Christmas times three!

This week's Muse Challenge is to make a set of 3 cards with a shared theme, using a single sheet of designer paper.

My theme is 'Green/Red/White Graphic Merry Christmas' since all three cards say Merry Christmas (in black) and are quite graphic.  I've had this paper in my stash for a few years and thought this was the perfect challenge to put it to use.  I think it's bright and cheerful, and just needs a few extra touches to make some very festive cards.  I don't usually use pattern paper, but these cards were so quick and easy to make, I just might have to use it more often!

After covering the entire card base with my designer paper, I die cut 3 each of the words Merry & Christmas (PTI - Wet Paint holiday dies) and stacked them together to give them some dimension.  Next, I cut 2 banners (PTI - Sketched Shapes) and mounted the words, giving them a coat of glossy accents.  I mounted the banners with foam dots then tucked in some red bling for a bit of sparkle.

This card required some fussy cutting to make the diagonal opening across the card. I used the piece I cut out to get the spacing of the gap just right.  I put a light pencil mark of where the opening was going to be, then stamped (Wplus9 - hand lettered holiday) and clear embossed the sentiment.  I mounted the designer paper onto some white card stock to give it more stability then used foam dots and mounted them to the base.  I added some of that same red bling over some of the red dots to give some sparkle.

I think this is my favorite card of the three and the first one of the set I made.  I fussy cut the connected diamond shapes then stamped and clear embossed the word Merry (Lawn Fawn - Clark's ABC's) and Christmas (PTI - Phrase Play #8)I popped up the patterned paper with foam dots and put Glossy accents on the red dots of the paper. After rounding the corners, I thought it needed something to balance it out.  I would have loved to scatter a few clear sequins in the top part, but I don't have any, so I added the ribbon.

I guess another theme is foam dots since I used them on all three cards! 

Thanks so much for looking!


  1. Karen!! These are amazing... we've all gone for the CAS look for so long, it's nice to use those papers we HAD to have, isn't it? I love them all - diagonal is my favorite though - with that wonderful W&W Merry. Thanks so much for taking on my challenge... your fussy cutting is the fussiest I've ever seen!
    =] Michele

  2. B-eautiful take on the challenge! LOVE the colors and paper! Wow!

  3. Love the 'dimension' on that paper - these look luxurious! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

  4. Wonderful set of cards. Love them all.

  5. These are really cool! Wonderful use of pattered paper and l love the colours!

  6. Love the paper you've used - all three cards are just fabulous! Great work!