Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's Never Too Late...*

...to let someone know you're thinking about them during this busy season with a card. I found as I got closer to Christmas there were a lot more people I wanted to send cards too, but I didn't have much time left to get cards made, let alone elaborate ones. I also spoke to friends who said with great regret that hadn't had time to make cards to send in time for Christmas this year, but I love receiving cards post-Christmas and I think the idea of just" Holiday" or cards "blessings in the year new year" are just as nice to get! Here are some super simple ones I created with "Seasonal Greetings" (which take you past Christmas, I love that!) and "Have a Cookie".

Begin with a 120 lb Gina K Pure Luxury white base, you can use your Copics on this single layer and with a paper like this, your simplest designs will still feel rich and elegant! 'Happy Holidays" is stamped in Real Red and the images are in Memento Black. To add a little depth and create the illusion of a plate to ground my cookies, I embossed a nestabilities circle around the images. I took my red Copic Spica and traced and added a few sparkly details to my little gingergirl. The red 1/4" grosgrain adds some spice as well. I took my Inkssentials white opqaue pen to fill in the sprinkles on the tree, it really makes them pop! TIP: Color the whole cookie and then add sprinkles and color them, much easier than trying to color around each tiny bit!


Inside I added the "You are one sweet cookie!" and the star because these were cards I sent to friends. When I stamp with my cookies, I almost always add the little crumb image from the set off to one side to add interest, for a little "flava", it just makes you want to take a nibble! (crucnhcrunchcrunch...)


Hope you enjoyed this card, sometimes simple is best!


* February might too late... for "happy Holidays" that is!! ;)

11 comments:

Bee said...

In the US people send cards very early in December. In France we send them later and usually they are not really specifically "christmas cards" but more "year end celebrations" cards so it is still considered polite, according to our french etiquette ;-), to send them all through January since you are offering your wishes for the new year in them.... :-)
That suits me really well since I am always rushed and sending mine out late according to american standards! ;-)

judy anderson said...

Melanie,
You can kill two birds with one stone by adding a message "Let me be the last to wish you happy holidays for 2008 and the first to extend a Merry Christmas for 2009.

melissac said...

Thanks for the inspiration!! I LOVE reading your blog everyday!! I hadn't though of using the crumbs to add flava to my cards but I will from now on!! Blessings and Hugs!

Angie said...

These are wonderful Melanie! I made a bunch of quick and easy holiday cards too.

Anita said...

Cute cards!

Carie said...

HI Melanie

I didnt' send many cards at all, tiem just got away from me, so I thought I would send out Valentines to all my friends and family!~!!!!

Casmiles said...

If I'm running late (normally), I'll use a sentiment that says "holidays" instead of Christmas. That way it works out if the cards are received in December or even in January. There was that one year when I ended up sending Valentine Cards in lieu of Christmas cards. They were well received, and everyone knew I was still alive. Of course, while I normally send Valentine Cards, it's more like 20 or so, not the 80-100 that go out at Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Very cute cards, so perfectly done.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Very SWEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!! LOL....seriously!!! Isn't EVERY day a holiday??!! We all celebrate life and each other and friends and family all the time!!! Or is it me just justifying the fact that I'm also terribly behind on sending out cards???!! LOL

Tanya said...

This is very sweet!

Liz S. said...

Oh, this lifted my heart! Thanks!