Last year I started making Christmas cards in September and by the end of October I was so tired of making them!! I vowed not to make that same mistake this year, so I held off making holiday cards until just last week. I was inspired to start working on them after receiving the latest Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up!, Winter Woods.
The kit was designed to make 10 holiday cards with coordinating envelopes. As you know, I like to get the most out of every kit, so I ended up creating 12 cards, 3 each of 4 different designs. One of the designs was the one seen above which was the suggested instructions that came with the kit.
I loved the pre-cut trees and it seemed like such a waste to use two of them on one card, so I cut one set of trees off to create the alternate design seen below.
Aren’t those little red birds the cutest?!!
When I was deciding what alternate designs to try, I knew I wanted to make a shaker card with those beautiful snowy trees as the background.
To make the shaker centre, I cheated and used a clear envelope trimmed down to fit the oval opening (3″ x 4″). I placed a Dimensional in each corner of the envelope to provide some space for the sequins to slide around.
Once the sequins are added to the envelope, I simply taped all four sides to the back of the paper that made the top layer of the card. Then a few more Dimensionals were added to the back and attached to the snowy tree card base.
I also added a red bird to the background before placing the shaker layer on top.
Not wanting to waste paper, the oval cutout from the shaker card was used to make one more set of holiday cards.
Were you wondering, “Where did you get the lovely woodgrain background paper?”
It’s the inside of the coordinating envelopes!! Just trimmed down to fit the card!
This Paper Pumpkin kits was one of my favourites this year! I can’t wait to receive the November kit, which will be 24 coordinating holiday gift tags.
If you are interested in trying the Paper Pumpkin kits, please visit the store for more info and to subscribe. Remember to subscribe before Nov 10 to ensure you receive the November kit.
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If you were paying attention to all the elements I used from the Winter Woods kit, you may have noticed that I didn’t use all the trees! In fact, 10 of them were not used!
Wondering what they were being saved for? Visit the blog in two weeks to find out!!
Love these holiday cards…and I always love your ideas to get the most out of your Paper Pumpkin kits! Now it’s my turn to try your ideas 🙂