Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Quick Christmas Cards

This week Lindsay challenged her DT to create quick (10 minute or less) cards. (Think easy to "mass produce", even though I don't like this phrase for hand made items.)

Here are the steps to make this card.
  1. Cut a standard A2 (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) card base. You can get 2 card bases out of a single piece of CS by cutting it at the 5-1/2 mark. You could also use pre-cut/purchased card bases.

  2. I cut another piece of card stock slightly smaller (approximately 5-3/8 x 4-1/8 inches). You will get 4 of these and a little scrap out of single piece of card stock.

  3. I ran the above piece through my Big Shot using an embossing folder. I used the large dots because I like them but you can use any folder you like. The snowflake folder would look good too.

  4. I imported the sleigh clip art image into MS Word and reduced to 35%. I used the "Rotate" image button to flip it horizontally. I didn't count how many of these you can get on a single page, but you can get quite a few. Print using the "best" quality and "color" settings on your printer.

  5. I used my Big Shot and Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to cut my circle. (TIP: Use painter's tape to hold your die where you want it when running it through your die cut machine. It prevents it from moving and is easy to peel off.) You can trace a circle and hand cut or use any circle cutting system you have.

  6. I imported the designer paper into MS Word. I changed my margins to "0" on all sides and dragged the DP image to cover the entire page. Print using the settings mentioned above.

  7. Cut the DP into strips 2 x 5-3/8 inches. Again, I didn't count how many you get, but there are quite a few.

  8. I had coordinating aqua CS in my stash. You could skip using it or use another coordinating color. I cut a strip 2-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches to mat my DP strip. I cut an additional piece using my Big Shot and a Spellbinders label die. You could mat the sleigh with another circle, a scallop, what ever you would like or skip this step.

  9. Adhere the layers together. (See my note on paper piercing below.) I added a piece of velvet ribbon I had in my stash. I didn't tie in a bow to keep the card flat and easier to mail. I also found it quicker if I didn't have to fuss with a bow.

  10. Add any additional embellishments you would like. I stamped "Noel" and added 3 gemstones.

Note: On my card, I added some paper piercing around the circle and the white embossed panel. Again, you could skip this but I liked the little extra it added. It did take some extra time. If you want to pierce your paper, do it before adhering the layers together.

If you have questions on any of these steps, please feel free to email me at shestamps11-blogs at yahoo dot com.

I hope this inspires you to get those Christmas & holiday cards made. Please visit the blogs of the rest of the DT to see what they have to show you this week.

Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer) - check Lindsay's blog for her weekly freebie!
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Laurel Seabrook
Leanne Garner
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Rhonda Walker
Shannon Neparko
Tamara Bennett
Tracey Allen


  • Stamps: Winterland from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff (, Tree Trimming Trio from PaperTrey
  • Papers & CS: Georgia Pacific CS, misc. aqua textured CS, Winterland DP from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Crystal Blue
  • Tools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, paper piercing tool, Provocraft Seeing Spots embossing folder
  • Embellishments: Misc. gemstones & velvet ribbon



Kathy and Lucky said...

Great card! Love the CAS and yes, easy to make several of these unique cards, since each is handmade :) Thank you for the step by step, awesome.

Laurel said...

LOVE it!

Pat (mspfd) said...

I love this image! Beautiful card, Cheryl. Hard to believe it only took 10 minutes to make. TFS!

1CardCreator said...

AAA (Awesome as always)card Cheryl. I love the strip of dp you chose, the whole card looks very classy. ~Diane

Nancy said...

I love this non-traditional colour combination for Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

Cindi said...

I love this super cute card!!

Unknown said...

Pretty! Pretty!!!!!

Mrs. Fence said...

Super, super Cute! I just love the colors and the embossing really adds a lot to the card.

Marlene said...

This is beautiful! I'm loving the soft colors!

Dori Shelton said...

What a great card! Love the white embossing and the non-traditional Christmas colors.

Zoechaos said...

Great card and in just 10 minuites! well done. Very unusual the colours are terrific thank you for joining us at lots to do again this week with this great card xx Zoe

xiumaiyuki said...

This card is elegant with a fun flair. I love that sleigh!! and the color combo is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

so...I take it you are not making a "Batch" ha ha, very pretty as always and the embossing add so much!

Margie said...

Very pretty-love how you put it all together!

crafty creations said...

Great card and how fast was that !!!!

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

Unknown said...

Great card! Love the image & colours. Thanks for joining the Alphabet Challenge x

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Oooh, I love those big circles that are embossed! and I've never thought to use those two nesties together. I love that look and think I'm going to have to try that layer!!!
Great 10-minute card!!

Fiona said...

Love the little details that take a simple design to the next level of excellence! Pretty colour scheme too.

Karen B. said...

So cute Cheryl, love the colors on this for the season.

Anita said...

It's hard to believe that such a pretty card can be made so quickly. Love the colors you used too!

Kathy said...

Pretty. I like the nontraditional colors for a Christmas card.

Unknown said...

I love the embossed background. I wish I had a Cuttlebug!

Anne Marie Hile said...

You created this in 10 mins?? Holy cow, it would have taken me 10 mins to paper pierce! You are a rock star! Although the design is so clean you added SO many wonderful details to make this one pop! Love the pink and turquoise of my faves! :)

Iris said...

Cute and simple! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Iris's Spot!

Sandra DeFalco said...

Cheryl - very pretty!

Thanks for playing in our challenge!
☺ Sandi
DT for Iris's Spot!

HappyCrafter said...

What a great example of a quick but lovely card! The velvet ribbon is perfect on here.

Micki said...

Oh wow, I love it. Love that white space and with the added texture it really really is one elegant card. I've got some of that ribbon left, I'm so CASING :-)

hugs my friend.... I wish I had time to stop by to comment more, I make note to come back and comment but you know how that goes.....

Vee said...

A lovely card!!. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday this week.Good luck.
xx Vee

Sheri Gilson said...

Awww...this is super cute!! Love the embossing!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at A Crafty Little Place this week!!

oheidia said...

Thank you very much for your entry in Kort o Mainia's christmas challenge:=)

A really nice card!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love this card- I cannot make a card in 15 minutes...... Love your colors and the pretty rhinestones. Thanks for joining the Belli challenge.

Linda S. L said...

super nice card! loved the colours :D
I can not make a card under 1/2h, no way LOL. well done!
thanks for joining in on our challenge over at Kort O Mania :D
hugs from Linda S. L

Thebug415 said...

Oh I like that fuzzy ribbon. Very nice card. Thanks for joining us at the Creative Belli Challenge.

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