Friday, 19 November 2010

Christmas card using Autumn Days

It's officially five weeks until Christmas folks - yes, really! - and I'm busy adding to my stash of cards to send out. Today's card was made when I should have been doing something else, because I had a sudden idea! Does that happen to you?

I wanted to get a shabby chic feel, and I'm rather pleased with the result. The trim makes me think of broderie Anglaise.

These little berry sprigs from the Autumn Days set are a little fiddly to cut out but, armed with my sharp paper snips and my turbo reading glasses, it was a very therapeutic activity! I love how they look layered up with dimensionals.

I put a drop of Crystal Effects on each berry which turns them all glossy and gorgeous. If only my photography skills were half as glossy and gorgeous you'd be able to see what I mean!

How to make this card:

  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 7cm wide x 9cm high and scallop one 7cm edge with the scallop border punch. Pierce each scallop with your paper piercer. That will be the top of your panel.
  • Score a line 2cm up from the bottom of the panel. Turn the card stock over to find a decorative raised line.
  • Using a stamp-a-majig for accurate placement, stamp the sentiment just under the line. Stamp a winter sprig to the left of the sentiment.
  • Stamp the same sprig twice more on scrap card stock and cut out with paper snips. Layer these up with dimensionals (cut the dimensionals to size so that you can't see them.)
  • Punch a hole just under the scored line on the left using a 1/8" hold punch. Thread with 1/8" taffeta ribbon and tie in a bow.
  • Mount the panel onto a 7.5cm square of Real Red card stock using dimensionals and glue to a 9cm square Old Olive card base.
  • Add a drop of Crystal Effects to each berry and leave to dry.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Gifted (sentiment)
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Card stock: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Scallop border punch, 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Old Olive, Crystal Effects

Now it's time to plan for another action-packed weekend! Sleepovers, parties, visits to friends, trips to the cinema... there's never a dull moment! Hope you all have a very happy weekend too.

Next week, I'll be announcing some special Christmas news for my lovely customers so watch out for that! Hope to see you then,


  1. This looks stunning Vicky. Simple but so effective... great job!

    Luv Lynne

  2. This is super lovely Vicki...but I don't think I am patient enough for all that cutting out!

  3. This is super sweet card. Love the colours and stamping :)

  4. I love your glossy berries and the popped sprig! This is a beautiful card.

  5. Hmmm. Doing one thing when I should be doing something else? That would be me right now! Love this card. Cutting out that fussy image must've been a bit of a pain (even though you claim it was therapeutic), but the result is so worth it. And adding the glossy accents was the perfect final touch. Love this card!

  6. absolutely christmas, this card!!! looks great.

  7. Wow Vicky this is fantastic. Love the simple but elegant look to it.

  8. Hi Vicky ... know what you mean about "getting an idea when doing something else" - always happening to me! Agree with you about the broderie Anglaise effect - it looks fantastic. Must try and make a card like this - just need to find alternative to Autumn Days (as I don't have that set) ... just a bit of improvisation that's all (tho' it's not going to look as good as yours!)
    Luv all that you do!
    Linda -x-

  9. This is stunning. You did a fabulous job cutting out those stems and berries. I have no idea what turbo reading glasses are, but I definitely need a pair!

  10. I LOVE this! Was just Googling for Christmas cards made with Autumn Days and was really surprised to see this - was expecting them all to be with the pine cone. Would love to CASE it for my Christmas in July class but fear it will be too time consuming.


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