Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Cards By Jennifer Snyder

 Jennifer Snyder here to help get a start on the holiday preparations.
  Let's get some Christmas cards checked off that giant "to do" list as soon
 as possible so we can move on to baking and shopping ( and eating). 

Don't get bogged down with complicated cards that you know you'll never finish in
 time to send out.  Keep it simple and let 2Crafty help take the stress from this task.  

One more BONUS?  They are FLAT and easily go through the postal system without 
adding postal expense and frustration of fitting in an envelope.  Now THAT is important.  
No dimensional embellishments needed.  

Here's my suggestion for the the season...Keep it simple! Work smarter, not harder.  

2Crafty has an incredible line of Christmas and Holiday chipboard designs that will help achieve this.   The beauty of these pieces is that most can be used to embellish your cards and leave you with little else to do but simply pop the chipboard on the card and sign your name.  How easy is that!

OK so your card needs  a sentiment.  Yep - keep it simple.  I chose the 2Crafty
 "Christmas Mini Word Set #2" as my main sentiment.  It comes with 6 perfectly sized sentiments in the package, thus making 6 cards!  BAM - easy.  

I used the mini words on all my cards and kept it really convenient by merely inking them a rich vintage brown or green.  Nothing fancy.  No time for that when you're pushing out a bunch of cards within a deadline. 

"Christmas Mini Word Set 2" 

Card 1
"Dotted Baubles"
Now on to card completion.   This is card #1.  Not fancy and yet so elegant. 
  That's because I let the chipboard do all the work for me.  This card just has
 a border strip of paper and ribbon/trim and the chipboard.   yep- simple.

I used the "Dotted Baubles" chipboard piece and I painted the little dots on the piece with gold, red and green paint, then coated them with Ranger Crackle Accent to make them pop.  

"Dotted Baubles"

Card 2
"Retro Xmas Tree"
This card is equally simple and quick to complete.   Ink the edges of your cardstock .  I used pre-folded cards and matching envelopes that came in a set because they are inexpensive and perfect , though folding your own cardstock is great too.  Just be careful that your card fits into a standard  envelope that you have handy.   Can't even tell you how many times I made cards without paying mind to envelope size.   Then I am totally out of luck.  

My chipboard was inked and painted with acrylic paint in red, green and gold.  I also topped some dots with glitter and Range Crackle Accents.  

"Retro Xmas Tree" chipboard  

Card 3
"Christmas Decorative Ornament Border"
"Fine Snowflakes"

This card looks fancier that it really is.   It has a few chipboard pieces layered  atop each other but that's it to the complexity.  The gorgeous focal piece I used on this card is the "Christmas Decorative Ornament Border" which is shown further down the page. 

This border piece is amazing, delicate and can easily be cut into several pieces to make multiple cards.  What value for your money!   Ink it brown, add red and green paint , some gold glitter on the star, plus a little Ranger Crackle Accents on the berries and this  chipboard piece is done.  

My gorgeous snowflake chipboard piece has a simple and subtle finish.  I painted 
it white and gently inked the tips brown so they didn't totally blend into the card. 

"Christmas Decorative Ornament Border"

"Fine Snowflakes"

Don't have paints and crackle products?  No worries. Just ink the whole piece a solid color and glue to the card that way.  Or leave the chipboard natural straight from the package.
  It's beautiful  "as is".  

Ho Ho Ho, keep it simple this year so that you can focus on the reason for the 
season and not let the little things in life bog you down.  

May your entire holiday season and your new year be filled with joy, peace 
and glorious simplicity.  

Visit the 2Crafty Facebook page for additional inspiration. 

Here is a recap of the supplies I used:

Card 1
"Christmas Mini Word Set 2" 
"Dotted Baubles"

Card 2
"Christmas Mini Word Set 2" 
"Retro Xmas Tree"

Card 3
"Christmas Mini Word Set 2" 
"Christmas Decorative Ornament Border"
"Fine Snowflakes" 

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Fiona Paltridge Designs said...

These are awesome Christmas cards!! Love all the Chrissy chippies especially the dotted baubles xx

Nicole Doiron said...

Very beautiful cards!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Awesome cards Jennifer!! Love how you've made the chippies the centre piece on each one!! Beautiful work!! ox

Di Garling said...

Gorgeous Chrissy cards Jennifer and such great use of all the chippie pieces. I think the first one is my fave.

Stéphanie Papin said...

Beautiful Christmas work ! i really love each choise of Chritmas chipboard !

Stacey Young said...

These are gorgeous Jennifer!! Makes me want to create some Christmas cards....not enough hours in the day though at the moment :)