Christmas Cards for November 2023

 I participated in a Christmas cards swap with a few other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  Here are all of our swaps.

Deb Anderson used the Shining Brightly Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for her card.  She used the stack, cut and shuffle technique.  For these cards, you stack in this case, 3 patterns, cut them together then shuffle the smaller pieces to create different cards.  She use the embellishments from the O Holy Night suite, too.  It is on pages 14-15 in the September - December 2023 mini catalog (SD23).  Her sentiment can be found in the Brightest Glow stamp set in the 2023 annual catalog (AC).

Next we have Cathy Malago's card.  This is a fun fold card I have not seen before!  Cathy included the directions for creating it which she received from Connie Stewart.  Connie called it "2 for 1 Accordion Fun Fold Cards".  You can create 2 cards from 2 pieces of 8-1/2" X 11" cardstock with alternating colors.  Cathy used Festive & Fun which you'll find the SD23 on page 13.

If you'd like to create your own Accordion Fun Fold card, the Lemon Lime Twist pieces are 4-1/4" X 5-1/2" and 2-3/4" X 5-1/2".  The Berry Burst piece is 4-1/4" X 8-1/4" and is scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".


Our next swapper is Kathryn DeWolfe.  She made a pocket card with a tag and a gift card.  She used Merry Bold & Bright DSP (SD23 pages 8-9).  Her sparkly tree was die cut using Merriest Trees dies (SD23 page 12) and More Dazzle Specialty Paper on page 127 of the AC.  Look closely to see other details like a piece of vellum cut with the Countryside Corners dies (AC page 63) and a sentiment stamped with More Wishes (SD23 page 55).

Our last 2 cards were made by Ann Schmidt and myself.  We both used products from the O Holy Night suite (SD23 pages 14-17).  Ann was inspired by a card by Terri Gaines that she saw on Pinterest.  The white layer was embossed and adds great texture to her card.

Mine is an easel card.  To create the background for the front of my card, I used Starry Sky ink and a brayer on my embossing folder before I embossed.

I did cut the ground from the DSP, but I could have easily created my own ground with various colors of brown and gray cardstock.  I would ink them with Blending Brushes, too, to add depth.

I hope our swap cards inspire you!


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