I like making Christmas cards more than I like Christmas.
My family doesn't really celebrate holidays. I don't know why - or even if there is a reason- but we really don't do much of anything. I'm the only one who even puts up a tree. I probably wouldn't even do that if I hadn't bought a perfect vintage aluminum tree from an antiques store during a prescription painkiller induced Christmas euphoria a few years back and I'm determined to get my money's worth.
So- I like making Christmas cards. And I like them to be fairly simple. Because then I'm less likely to knock somebody out when they throw it away.
One of my 'design techniques' is my use of ... 'placeholders,' I guess I'll call them... I'm sure there's an actual word for this, but I don't know it- when I get a new die, I use it right away with some plain (or scrap) cardstock. I keep all these 'samples' in a box on my desk- and when I'm trying to come up with a layout or card, I go through the box and pull out the pieces that grab my attention. I move these placeholders all around on the page to see what I think looks best. I recommend it- it definitely keeps me using the dies that I have available!
JAMES' SET. It's classy, ladies and gentlemen. The folder I used on the above card is my favorite, but the other three in the set are fine, too. Another great feature is that there's a slot on the top hinge- so's you can easily emboss the center of a tag OR emboss a long strip for a border. I also used some of Mr. Holtz's TINSEL TWINE. The sentiment is a one dollar stamp from a bin at MICHAELS. I stamped it in Tsukineko's London Fog ink and colored in the alternating boxes with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker.
French Connection set- and cut it out. I embossed the edge of the card with some snowflakes and added the sentiment. Too easy!
That's it for KORY'S KARDS, today! I'll be back soon with more! Because every card I make is different. As much as I intend to, and TRY to- I just can't come up with a design and assembly-line it- even when I do attempt to do THAT- each one still comes out different. I just love to play with the paper too much, I guess.