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Why follow tradition when you can have fresh, new and contemporary designs for your Christmas cards!
So, instead of traditional red and green try something different such as...pinks....purple... teal....black and white or even rainbow colours.
Have's some ideas of modern Christmas cards.....
Before starting your cards check out your card sizes and layers.
Every year stamp companies release new 6 x 6" packs of patterned or designer paper. These are a great way to create quick and simple cards.
The paper patterns are colour co-ordinated to make it easy to mix and match the paper.
For this card I've used a pack from Reverse Confetti.
Trim two matching sheets of patterned paper to a card layer size.
Cut the sheets 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the sheet. Swap over the cut pieces and you have two different card layers for two cards.
Glue to a matching card layer. If you can see the join between the two halves add a strip a card. ribbon or twine.
Add a sentiment to complete the card.
This card uses the ink smooshing technique.
Apply Peacock Feathers distress ink to a craft sheet or glass mat. Spray with water to move the ink around.
Press watercolour paper onto the ink, moving the paper to "smoosh" the ink.
Allow to dry or dry with a heat tool.
Prepare the smooshed paper with anti-static powder and stamp with the Outline Snowflakes background stamp from Simon Says Stamp with Versamark ink.
Heat emboss with silver embossing powder.
Trim to layer size and matt with additional layer before mounting onto a card base.
Add a sentiment to complete the card.
Christmas trees as triangles is a very modern take of the traditional fir tree.
These Christmas trees are from the Color Me Trees from Simon Says Stamp (sadly retired).
Stamp and heat emboss the trees with gold embossing powder.
Colour the six trees in rainbow colours. Cut or die cut trees.
To create the background ink blend distress inks (mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire) onto a card layer. Spray with water to create a mottled effect.
Cut a white hillside from textured white paper. Add to front of the blended card layer.
Layer on a contrasting colour.
Add the coloured trees in rainbow order to the white hillside. Raise every other tree with foam pads.
Add a sentiment strip across the top of the card and add embellishments.
Finally, add the completed layers to a card base.
Both of these cards were created using the Snowflake stencil from Tonic Studios.
For the first card I used the new Frostbite Nuvo Glacier Paste. This has a lovely shine and drys silver with blue edges.
The second card was made with Moonstone Glimmer Paste mixed with wilted violet distress ink to create this very modern bubblegum colour.
It is interesting to compare the two products as they have very different textures.
Straight out the jar glacier paste is thinner than the glimmer Paste.
I sponged the glacier paste onto the stencil as I didn't want it bleeding underneath the stencil. For the glimmer paste I used a standard palette knife.
The glacier paste took longer to dry.
With so much texture add simple die cut sentiment strips from Tonic Studios to the front of the cards.
Layer onto a card base to complete the card.
Clean and simple Christmas cards are all the rage in the stores at the moment.
These simple cards were created using the tiny Snowman stamp from Altenew.
The snowmen and the sentiment were stamped at the same time using a Misti stamping tool with black ink directly onto 3 x3" card bases.
Using the stamping tool is a quick way to create multiple cards.
Simple colouring completes the card.