I LOVE Christmas - the music, the shopping, the gift wrapping, the eating, the smells of gingerbread and cinnamon and most of all the family gatherings. Growing up in MA, I had the pleasure of a White Christmas every now and then (almost every year). But here in LA, we're ringing in December with rain! Yay! We could really use it.
Actually, I love Christmas all year round, not just during the month of the December. Those who know me know that I have more holiday songs on my iTunes playlist than any other genre. When our local LA radio station, KOST, starts playing Christmas carols all day long I get giddy. I find excuses to drive just so I can sing along. Although lately, I think KOST could add a few more songs to their mix. I've heard Band Aid's "Do They Know it's Christmas" too many times. It's a great song... but it plays way too often.
Anyhow, I also love paper crafting. So this year, I've decided to challenge myself to create 25 cards in 25 days. I will warn you ahead of time... some of these cards will be be quick and easy (i.e. I need to post something ASAP) kinds of cards, others will involve more detail and cool techniques. Depends on how I feel that day. No guarantees that I will make it through all 25, but it's worth a try.
So here goes... Day 1. A simple quick and easy card. I will try to include materials used and links where appropriate.
- Kraft cardstock 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
- White card stock for front card frame and inside panel: 4"W x 5.25"H
- Patterned paper: 3.75"W x 5"H
- Maroon paper: 3"W x 2"H
- Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
- Snowflake White Pearl Embellishments (Queen & Co)
- Cut out all the paper and layer each one according to the picture above.
- Write "merry christmas" in pencil and then use the white gelly roll pen to make it feel like faux calligraphy. (Side note: I've always wanted to learn real calligraphy, but I am a lefty and it will take me a while to figure out the best technique for holding a calligraphy pen. For now, this faux technique works.)
- Add white stitching to to the red paper
- Add the white pearls
This card is so easy to make, I was able to crank out four of these in less than an hour. It was the writing that took a while. Everything else is SUPER fast.
Happy Day 1!