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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Gearing Up For Christmas

I'm still on the quest for that "special" Christmas card we'll be sending out this year. I'm still trying to keep the brads, bows and buttons off it because I don't want to spend the 17 cent surcharge for an envelope that is non-machinable. Buttons, brads and bows seem to get stuck in the machines at the post office so as of May, along with the postage increase a surcharge is now put on such envelopes. And since I'm sending out 130 cards this year I prefer not to pay the surcharge on them!!!



This card has some fun snowflakes on them that will make your eyes roll when I tell you how I did them. I did mention many times that I NEVER throw anything away. Well, this is another case of that. The snowflakes are made from the leftover plastic padding that was put down on our kitchen floor before the wood planks were laid down. One side is smooth and the other is slightly textured. It reminds me of the padding that is used with the Colluzzle system but half the thickness. I used a small Cuddlebug snowflakes die cut and put it in my Sizzix machine and punched out the flakes. I do believe I will be making many more of these in the future. And because they are so flat they will not get stuck machines. So this card has some possibility of being in the top choices for our card this year!!! I used the new in colors, Soft Sky and Bashful Blue along with Whisper White. I colored the card using a blender pen and the new in colors. The little snowmen were done using the wheel and with white embossing powder. I used the jumbo snowflake wheel for the background. I first did it in the soft sky color on the soft sky and then I used white craft ink and the wheel. The white doesn't show up very well. Up close it does but not in the photo. Though I think the longer the ink is sitting on the card the more it is disappearing. But then you turn the card at an angle and you can see the white. LOL


I did cut out the snowman head (after I colored it) and added it back on using Dimensionals. The last thing I did was tape down those cute little snowflakes.



This was a fun card to make. I was excited about the snowflakes because I made them before I finished the card so I was thrilled to be able to use them.


Thank you for stopping by,
Wanda

13 comments:

Janette said...

I Love this card, and way to go with the snowflakes...its just great if you can make a *bellie* for free and such a cute one too.
Hugs
Janette

Dorothy said...

Really pretty card! Love it!
Dorothy

Pat S. said...

I know exactly what you mean...
I pay that surcharge on every birthday card I send out!

I think your friends would love to receive your nice flat snow card :)

Michelle Tweedy said...

Wanda, this card is fabulous! The snowflakes are so perfect. You have such a creative imagination!

Paula said...

What a creative idea on your showflakes. Too Kewl.

dd2njoy said...

Love it!! Beautiful!!

Kathy said...

Very cute and clever with the snowflakes.

Denise said...

I just love the blue you use with these snowmen. Great card!!

Jules said...

I really love this card. I love snowmen. You are so generous with your blog candy.

katiehr said...

LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!
As for the Blog Candy, I'll trade you my 50th b-day present from my MIDDLE son (23). It's a plastic wine "sippy(cup)glass". What do ya'think? Oh, and it leaks.

KatieHR

~ Jayme ~ said...

Oh goodness, what a CUTE card! I'm a sucker for snowmen. ;) I'm on the hunt for the cutest little snowman for my christmas cards now.

Jen said...

Oooooh I like this choice for Christmas cards! And recycling the floor stuff is so cool!

Ijsbeer said...

This one is great! Very pretty and the snowman is super cute:)