Do you struggle to get your Christmas cards done on time?
It seems like I am starting earlier and earlier every year to get enough holiday cards made to send out to loved ones. (Shhh… I have had to buy photo cards a couple of times over the years because I'm just not quick enough!) But today, I have a holiday project using a non-holiday product: Project Kit: Silk Art!
The floral images in this Project Kit: Silk Art are so bold and lovely that I thought they deserved some bold red ink. Red always reminds me of Christmas, so I thought I would use these beautiful patterns to create a holiday card.
Let's get started with the details!
Easy Christmas Cards with Non-Holiday Products
I began by stamping the large main image from Project Kit: Silk Art onto some white cardstock using Crimson ink. While the stamp was still in my MISTI, I tapped the slightly darker Velvet ink around the edges of the flowers, then tapped a blending tool directly onto the inked stamp. This will soften the edges so that the ink would fade nicely into the paper, creating a smooth transition from the darker edges to the slightly lighter middle.
This was a fun way to add some interest to the flowers, leaving the leaves a solid, vibrant red.
I die cut the finished image using the coordinating dies, included in the kit.
Next, I trimmed down a full size slimline card base from some crisp white cardstock.
In keeping with the holiday theme, I ran the card base through my die-cut machine with the Classic Pinecones Slim 3D Embossing Folder. I arranged the red stamped images around the edge of the embossed background, trimming some off and using the off-cuts along the opposite edges. Waste not, want not! I adhered the stamped images to the card front using Instant Dimension Foam Tape.
Next, I turned my attention to the greeting. I die cut the calligraphic “holidays” using the Happy Holidays Script Die and “happy” using the Tall Alpha Dies, both cut using red glitter paper for some sparkle! I adhered the sentiment die-cuts using more foam adhesive to add lots of height and dimension.
The final touch to my Christmas card was to add a few iridescent white pearls for one final element of shine and textural difference!
Well, that's all for my card project today! I am hoping that this project might inspire you to get a jumpstart on those Christmas cards. Christmas will be here before we know it!
Thanks so much for reading, and have a marvelous day!