I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Yeah, baby, I love this time of year – making holiday cards. Don’t forget, October 31 is the deadline if you want to send holiday cards for Operation Write Home. Here’s a little inspiration. And, guess what?! You can be rewarded for your efforts because today is the first day of the 4th Friday Fun challenge at Paper Garden Projects. And the challenge? Yep, you guessed it, Christmas cards. So, just link up your card to the Paper Garden Project site, here and you could win this adorable stamp set from Eat Cake Graphics.
First, let me apologize for the quality of these pics. I think my camera battery was going low, and I couldn’t find my backup battery. (Is it too late to still blame it on the movers?) Trust me, the colors are much more vibrant in real life.
I knew when I saw the Penny Black Jolly Follies image that I wanted to do something fun with it – like actually make the little mouse swing from a rope. The stamp has a rope drawn into it, but I cut the image out and attached it to a real rope, well, string and then cut out a window in the front of the card to reveal the inside of the card. Cute, huh?
I used Kazan’s Sketch 64 from 2 Sketches 4 You to get me started.
And, because Caardvarks asked us to decorate the inside of the card, well, I kind of used the inside of the card for the outside of the card. The inside is the backdrop for the window. But, I didn’t leave it at that . . . here’s the inside. The sentiment is from the same Penny Black set, Jolly Follies.
Here’s the rest of the recipe and the Copic markers I used.
- Fibers: Bayberry Ribbon Pleats, household string
- Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers (see below).
- Paper – Neenah, Prism Cardstock, BasicGrey Jovial paper pack
- Stamp: Penny Black Jolly Follies
- Tools: .Nestabilities,
- Embellishments: Stampin’ Up! Vintage Brads, Self Adhesive Red Rhinestones
Here are pictures of some of the products used. (I don’t usually provide pictures of products, so you’ll have to let me know if this is helpful.)