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It wouldn't be Christmas without our Christmas ornaments on the tree so why not include them in your Christmas Cards?
Try making simple baubles with circles, stars and snowflakes using punches or dies to cut the shapes.
Or if you are looking to personalise your card add family photos onto your baubles to create unique ornament Christmas cards.
Whatever you choose to do have lots of fun trying out different colours and design combinations.
Here a few ideas to get you started......
Before starting your cards check out your card sizes and layers.
The first card is a very simple design with 3 circles cut from glossy patterned card.
Glue circles to a glitter card layer and add strings to the "baubles" attaching with tape
Add the bows with glue dots.
Stamp the sentiment with embossing ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.
Mount both the sentiment strip and the glitter card to a gold mirror card. Finally mount to a side fold landscape card base.
Tip: Cut the inside of the gold mirror card with a rectangle die to save for another card.
Nadolig Llawen is "Merry Christmas" in Welsh and is from the Peace on Earth stamp set from Altenew.
The ornaments were cut in gold and copper card with the matching die from the same stamp set.
Stamp the sentiment carefully. I used Staz On black ink as I wasn't sure if standard black ink would smudge.
For the background use a sheet of 6" x 6 " patterned paper. Cut into four squares and trim to fit on a 4 1/2" square gold mirror card layer leaving a border around each square.
The gold surround beautifully matches the intricate gold design on the patterned paper.
Add the ornaments to the front panel. Attach gold cord and fix with tape to the back on the gold mirror card.
Finally, attach the panel to a 5" x 5" card base.
Tip: Handle the mirror card with care as it's so easy to mark!
Background stamps are a quick and easy way to make batch cards.
Here I've used the Vintage Baubles background stamp from Catherine Pooler to create the next three cards.
For this card, stamp the background with embossing ink onto a white card layer and heat emboss with Something Borrowed embossing powder from WOW!
Mount onto a matching card layer.
Die cut the "Happy" (or any other sentiment die cut) three times with white card and once in matching card. Glue together and offset the top die cut to add a shadow effect. Top with Nuvo Crystal Glaze and leave to dry.
When dry glue your die cut to the front of the card and complete with a further sentiment across the die cut word.
This black and gold Christmas card was created with the same Catherine Pooler background stamp.
The gold embossing on black card creates a more elegant and distinctive card.
The use of vellum and gold embossing on the the bauble continues the luxurious theme.
Tip: Sticking down vellum is tricky. On this card wet glue was placed behind the 3 embossed hearts. This was enough to hold the vellum in place as one side was folded over the edge of the card.
The final card took me out of my comfort zone! I recently purchased half a dozen Zig Clean Color markers and this was my first attempt at using them.
They are fun and easy to use but I've a long way to go before perfecting the technique!
The colours are very vibrant. You can use them direct to paper or dilute with water either with a water brush or on a palette .
Overall, I'm pleased with my first attempt and will definitely be buying a few more colours. It's great that you can buy the pens individually as it gives you the chance to try them out without committing lots of cash.