I was inspired by the color theme of the December Daily collection I chose for this year (I'll share that later...) to create this card.  The main colors are Teal, Pink and Red.  

Using a hexagon stencil, I carefully inked up this card-front with a Tim Holtz distress tool and hero arts inks.  I went over it with Brilliance white ink to soften a few areas.

The snowflake is a diecut from the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" collection.  I added sequins from the same collection and liquid pearls.  I added J and Y Thickers by Amy Tangerine, a Freckled Fawn epoxy red heart, and topped the sentiment entirely with glossy accents.

The process was very fun to make and I am very happy with the outcome.

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Be Merry.

You can [kinda] say that I "cheated" with the card for Day 10.

I was able to locate a few Christmas items in storage, and in it was this pre-colored Some Odd Girl image.

So, although I did color her, I didn't color her recently.  I just enhanced her eyes, lips and dress with clear and red wink of stella pens.

I used the Pebbles "Home For The Holidays" 6x6 paper pad to create this very matted card.  The star was a diecut I purchased last year {by Bella Blvd), which I simply added Webster's Pages alphas to, and framed the star with more of that clear wink of stella.

Join me tomorrow as we begin Week 3 of my 5 week Christmas card series.

And don't forget, you can easily purchase any of these 25 Days of Christmas cards by following the prompt below.

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Penguin Trio.

When I first decided that I would be creating Christmas cards (because I was very unsure if I would be able to this year), I knew I had to purchase images that would allow me to use anything affordable (like a sharpie - lol), to color them.  Also, the stamp needed to be very plain.

I did some research and found these very adorable penguins by C.C. Designs.  There are a few different sets available, but these were my favorite.

It wasn't until after I received this set, that I was even more excited to receive it because my husband was able to find my copic markers in storage.  [i promise not to keep bringing that up - I'm just so happy about it! - lol]

Day 9's card was inspired by the Jillibean Soup "Holly Berry" collection, I was able to match the red and green with the pattern paper.   I added an American Crafts diecut and finished off the card with white faux stitching and faux snow [aka, white gel pen].

These penguins were super fun to color and absolutely darling to look at while I did so.
I really had fun with this card.

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Merry & Bright.

I knew I wanted to use this traditional plaid pattern paper by American Crafts, and put a modern spin on it.  So I brought in some Pink Paislee sparkly white diecuts circles and twine.

The angle of the card helps in taking away a little bit of the monotone tradition, and bring an interesting flair.

It's simple, classy and blingy.

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For today's card, I did a little masking and 2 types of stamping.

Before my husband was able to locate my copic markers in storage, I decided that I would get stamps to make cards that would allow me to either use with ink or that I can use with Wink Of Stella brushes.  Have you heard of those?  They are super sparkly!

This stamp set is exclusive to Studio Calico and I purchased it with very clean and simple cards in mind.

I stamped the ornaments with Hero Arts ink (also using a masking technique) and added a silver wink of stella on top.

For the "merry", I inked up the stamp with a red wink of stella pen and stamped it directly on the card front.  After a few seconds (it dries really quickly), I went over the sentiment and filled in the gaps with the same pen.

I stamped "merry christmas" in versafine black ink, and finished off the card with a few sequins by Fancy Pants from their "Oh Deer" collection.

I absolutely love the clean look of this card, but would you believe that hubby told me to throw it away cuz he hates it!?
It's my MISFIT card.

I tried hard to get a close up view of how sparkly everything is, but I'm working with an Android tablet as my camera... I promise to take better photos next year.

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Christmas Cheer.

Scraps of paper make the best cards.

This was tricky, however, because the scraps were not exactly cooperating.  So I angled them and added a sentiment that came from an October Afternoon stamp set.

The snowflake has glitter and came from the Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" diecut set.

I finished off the card with a little faux stitching and a red enamel dot.

Before I go, I want to mention that I have been asked several times if I sell my cards, and yes I used to, but being that I closed down my etsy shop I didn't have a way to sell them.  So from now on I will be adding a "BUY NOW" paypal button at the bottom of each blog post.  Whenever you see it, you can easily click on it and purchase the card (or project made) for that post.

I have also added a "BUY NOW" button for each of the last 5 Christmas cards I made in this series, so you can go back to them anytime and purchase.

There is a little shop icon [sidebar] that you can click on, which shows you all there is for sale.

Thank you so much for your interest in my work, and I hope you continue to be inspired.

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What do you do when you absolutely love a certain patterned paper, but it's TOO BUSY to use on a simple card?

You cut it up and only use a section of it.  Then tone down the "busy-ness" with soft shabby touches, like flowers and twine.

I like that this is a modern take on a traditional card.

For Day 5, I used Carta Bella "Christmas Time" 6x6 pad, Micheal's gold flower and twine and a Pink Paislee black glittered phrase sticker to pull everything together.

The hardest part was deciding which portion of the hexagon pattern paper was going to make it on the card.  The page is so pretty!

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Don't Stop Believing.

As much as I love clean, traditional cards, I also love getting messy.

For Day 4, I got out my watercolors and brush and waged war against some white cardstock, only using red & green.

I added a fun speech bubble from last year's October Afternoon Christmas collection and matted it in black to stand out from the messy background.

It's easy enough to replicate and even have your kids join in the messy fun.

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Peace, Love & Joy.

As much as I love modern and new-age crafting and cardmaking, there's nothing like the traditional style of half on half.

I created this card with that in mind.

Day 3 is simple, elegant, easy and very traditional.

Using Carta Bella "Christmas Time" cardstock, Pink Paislee "Merry & Bright" diecuts and fabric bow, and some red glitter ribbon from Michael's, I was able to quickly complete this CAS Christmas card.

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North Pole.

Day 2's card is very simple.

I used a new background stamp that I purchased at Michael's and inked it up with Brilliance Beige ink.

I had a problem with this stamp because it would not stamp the center portion, so to cover it up I added a diecut from American Crafts, wrapped some soft twine around (Micheal's brand) and added 3 liquid pearl drops in red.  Placed everything a 3x5 card base and matted it with Pebbles "Home For Christmas" 6x6 pattern paper.

You can't see it in this close up, but I also covered the trees using a wink of stella clear pen.

They sparkle!

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