It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas . . . is coming.

I rarely make Christmas cards.  You can buy a box of Christmas cards so cheaply that it kind of feels like it’s a bit wasteful to spend lots of  money (not to mention time) to make them myself.  We crafters know exactly how much it actually costs for our supplies – and believe me it’s not cheap! 

But this year I thought that I could justify making them as I had a plethora of card stock, and I if I used my Card-io stamps then I could make them really cheaply, with very little in the way of adornments or embellishments.  (Watch out for more about Cardio stamps soon.  I’m going to do a write-up in my  ‘Craft Products I recommend’  category on my blog here – so look out for that one.)  Over the next few days I’ll post a card a day of a selection of the Card-io cards which I’ve made for friends and neighbours this year.

Today is the turn of the Christmas Wreath Card.

Cardio  Wreath

Pretty, isn’t it!  And yet it’s made SO simply that you probably wouldn’t believe it.  Made using just four tiny little clear stamps.  The only embellishments on this card are some pale pink flat back pearls (used as little berries on the wreath), and a tie of a tiny bit of ribbon for the bow on the top of the wreath – oh, and a little sprinkle of some glitter.

I know that in the photograph the wreath looks as if it has quite some depth – but it’s actually totally flat, apart from the pale pink pearls.  The clever bit is in the stamping.  If you use a second and sometimes third generation of stamping then you’ll ‘build in’ some depth.  If you look around the edge of the card itself, you’ll see what I mean by ‘second generation’.

second generation stamping

second generation stamping

You can see a dark stamped image … but between the darker images, you’ll see a second, paler image.  Well – that’s second generation stamping.  I stamped the image once, then without inking up the stamp again, I stamped the image again – this time pressing just a little harder on the stamp to ensure that the image printed out.  This is what gives a depth to a stamped image.  It looks like something is there, in the background.

2nd generation stamping 2

Because the wreath is a little more heavily stamped, you don’t see the second generation stamping too easily – but it’s there.  It kind of tricks your brain into thinking that what you’re seeing is actually a shadow of the darker stamped image, and so makes the darker images look as if they’re dimensional and stand out proud of the card.  Hence the deception of depth.

Crafty stuff I used to make this card:

  • White 6×6 ready scored card stock.
  • An assortment (4) of small individual Card-io stamps
  • Whisper Archival Ink Pads (a pinky peachy raspberry colour and a dull brown)
  • Memento Ink Pad  (in a warm brown)
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad (black)
  • Pinflair Glue
  • Translucent Glitter Dust
  • Anita’s flat back pearls from their Gemstone Wheel.
  • Short length of tartan/plaid ribbon.

Cardio  Wreath

This was a really quick to make card and it didn’t need any die cutting, measuring, cutting (other than the ribbon) or any great deal of ‘working it out’.  I knew I wanted to make a wreath.  I knew I wanted it to look festive but in colours other than red and green (so over-used at Christmas!) – and I wanted the edges of the card to be coloured to tone with the wreath.

I had such a fun time making this  but then … I was using Card-io stamps, and I always have a fun craft time with them.  But I’ll do you a write-up about them and then you can make your own decision on whether to buy some for yourself!

Wishing you a blessed and trouble-free Tuesday, love from ~

Cobs siggy sml

 

 

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13 thoughts on “It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas . . . is coming.

  1. it is a very cute card. Great job! I never heard the term 2nd generation stamping, it is an interesting technique.

    It is a shame that handmade things don’t really save you money. When my daughter was little I made her a dress. It was a plain sundress that the stores (at the time) sold for $6, but making it cost $17. Of course, I bought too much fabric and was able to make her a Pound Puppy, too, out of the fabric, but it wasn’t cheap.

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    • Agreeing with you whole heartedly. If you’re recycling, then making it yourself (what-ever it is) can be as cheap as chips. But if you’re having to buy all new products – it ends up costing the earth!

      I’ve been doing the ‘2nd generation stamping’ for donkeys years – but I used to call it double stamping – because I stamped the image twice to get the shadow. However, I saw a lady called Barbara Grey (of Clarity Stamps) demonstrating about a year or so ago, and she did this exact type of stamping but called it ‘generation stamping’ – and I thought that if that’s what the trendy folks are calling it then I’d better get myself in line and call it that too. (… but, all alone, in my craft room I can be heard to say out loud … “I think I’ll double stamp this/these fern/leaves/flowers etc, so that it looks dimensional!”. – Ah, old habits die hard! lol)

      Thanks for the comment LemonD. Love you for it. ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Nice card – I love the elegant, simple to make ones. I once did a wreath card, but I made it the hard way – I punched about a trillion branches and carefully glued them to a circle of paper, then glued THAT to a gate fold card. I like yours better. 🙂

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    • Hello WhatI’mUpTo! Great to see you 😀 . . . Your trillion branches card, although I bet it looked stunning when finished, does sound like hard work.
      I have to admit that normally I’m very ‘into the details’ on anything I’m making, but when I use my Card-io Stamps, they seem to set me free and I can take flight with them. There’s nothing complicated about them, they just work!

      Thanks for the comment – Have a fabulous rest of your day! ~ love ~ Cobs. x

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      • lol – it turned out to be a pain, and before I realized that, I had committed to making ten of them! Actually wore out the punch. Not to mention my hand.

        Those Card-io stamps do look like they are fun – I’ll have to search them out. 🙂 Good excuse for more stamps, right?

        Have a good Wednesday – week is half over. 🙂

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        • LOL – I know that feeling of having a brilliant idea for the making of a card/scrapbook page etc and then realising half way through that I’ve given myself a ton of work and I wished I hadn’t have started …. but I’m committed so I have to finish the thing because I won’t be beaten by it. [sigh]

          The Card-io stamps are my most favourite stamps of all time. Watch out for my ‘Recommended Product’ post. I’ll be giving more details about why I love them, and also talking about when you first try them. …. and I still have more Christmas stamps to show you – but didn’t want to talk about them all at once because the post would have been a gazillion words long and everyone would have got bored! LOL :/

          Have a truly fabulous day, WhatImUpTo. Thanks for the lovely chat! I so love it when I can get to chat with someone via a comment or two.
          Sending oodles of love, ❤ ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. Hi Cobs, I know what you mean about the cost of making Christmas cards. I also agree with Lemon Daisy’s comment above about the cost of making things. Having said that this is a gorgeous card and whoever receives it will love it especially knowing you have made it for them. The joy of making and giving and the joy of receiving is priceless.
    Take care,
    Flo xx

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    • Hello Flo! How wonderful to see you here. I actually did a little ‘sqeee’ inside my head when I saw your name pop up on the comments.

      I 100% agree that the joy of making and giving, and receiving, a hand made card (or handmade anything to be honest) is priceless. But at Christmas time, I’ve always tended to save handmades for family and very close friends, and buy a lovely boxed set of cards for neighbours and friends. a) because the cost of making so very many of those puts them into the ‘silly’ figures; and I don’t make them for charity organisations at Christmas time because the Charities I’ve always donated hand made cards to bring out their own packs of Christmas Cards so naturally prefer to sell those in their shops rather than cards made and donated by volunteers/crafters/members of the public.

      But this year … I’m making all those cards which I would normally buy and will post a small selection of them over the next few days, here on my blog.

      Me personally … I love hand made cards so much that I’ve never ever thrown even one away. I keep all the hand mades which have been sent to me, in albums. (like photo albums type of thing). I love to get the albums out and go through them every now and again, and remember the person who made/sent it to me. Some folks are no longer with us here on earth, so it’s such a treasure to have something they’ve made.

      So I’m definitely ‘with you’ on your own feelings of receiving a hand made being priceless. It is. It truly is.

      Thank you so much Flo for taking the time to visit and leave such a lovely comment. I love you for it.
      Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs. x

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  4. I love this! I was a little surprised it was as simple as it is, you always make these cards I have to go back and look at the image multiple times to see what all you added. But it is so beautiful! You make everything look so easy!

    I really need to get started on my Christmas cards!! But I can’t make my mind up on a design. I want something simple yet beautiful, like yours. 🙂

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    • Aw Stacey, you’re so lovely. Thank you for your beautiful comments.

      If you want something easy then I can highly recommend Card-io Stamps. Like I said in the details of this post, I’m putting together a post about them for my ‘Recommendation of the Week’ thread. So check your emails for that post when I’ve finished it (and get it posted). It will tell you more than I’ve said here about the stamps themselves.

      The card you see in this post really is a simple card – and what’s more, it’s not one of those cards which you sweat buckets over and worry yourself about. It’s just a card with a tiny handful of really little stamps. That’s all there is to it.

      Wait for the Recommendation post … you’ll learn more then!
      Sending you love, as always, ~ Cobs. xx

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