Finally, some stamping....

Fall has whizzed by and I've been missing spending time in my craft room. I got a start on my christmas cards the other night and made several of this card.  I like that it isn't too "bulky" so it should be able to go in the mail for regular postage.  You know how it goes.... you look at your stash and the fingers itch to add pearls, chipboard or brad snowflakes, ribbons, etc. which all add up to a very heavy, thick card.  Those ones I hand deliver to special peeps!
How about you? Do you consider postage cost when making hand stamped cards?  Normally I don't, but I send out about 30 cards at Christmas. So the $$$ add up especially since in Canada most "vintage" type cards with lots of layers and embellies cost $1.29 each as "oversize" mail; then even more to the USA and Europe!!!  Anyhow, I would be interested to hear what you think about this topic.....

Now on to my card -

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close-up of sparkle

The silhouette image is from Inkadinkadoo cling set "Winter Wonderland" #60-60086. I stamped it with Dusty Concorde Distress Ink (which is more navy than purple, I think!), and embossed with clear EP.   The layers were cut with my Cricut using the Elegant Edges cartridge on the Swirl #2, Book setting at 3-1/2".  I sponged the edges with Broken China & Dusty Concorde DI, and used Stardust Stickles on all the flakes around the image and random stamped snowflakes. It is popped up with foam tape.

The die on the edge is a new metal one from Memory Box, called Frostyville Border  #98146. It is very intricate; I found I needed a metal shim plate in my Sizzix to fully cut out all the little details. I also applied Stardust Stickles on the diecut for icy sparkle, and I like that it pops a bit adding a pretty "frame" to the stamped image.  The swirl at the bottom of the image is not a stamped or added diecut flourish;  the Cricut cuts it as part of the pattern to show the navy layer underneath.

Paper is Bazzill Bling, SU Night of Navy, and a sheet of snowflake paper by Bo Bunny.

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Our Creative Corner,  Joan's Gardens, and Christmas Card Challenge.



Our Creative Corner:  Silhouette Challenge

Joan's Gardens:  Winter

Christmas Card Challenge #48:  Popped Up