Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's Almost Christmas: So How 'Bout Some Cards?

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!

I'm obsessed with this Cuttlebug embossing folder set.  It's called 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. 

My next 'white card.'  I embossed the wing with a Tim Holtz embossing folder- from the nearly 3inX4in French Connection set- and cut it out.  I embossed the edge of the card with some snowflakes and added the sentiment.  Too easy!

One more 'white card!'  Even thought it's mostly red- I'm counting it.  I love this Tim Holtz Santa stamp.  Really love it.  It's always sitting in plain view.  Because just looking at it makes me smile.  But I've had trouble coming up with ways to use it- it's so big, and- well, I don't know.  But I adore it.  I added the 'seal' with a pop-dot.  It's from My Mind's Eye. 

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.

-kory

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards I really like the santa card it cool.

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  2. I can't do the assembly line thing either, Kory, preferring to make each card to a little individual - just like my children! Your cards are great - I like the embossing folders, the clean simplicity of your layouts and that happy tubby Santa :) Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you very much! And thank you for leaving such a nice comment! I'm glad you came to visit me!!!

      -k

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  3. These cards are fantastic! Awesome techniques and beautifully designed! Awesome Kory! Happy Holidays!

    Frank

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    1. Awwww, thank you, Frank!!! That means lots, coming from such a star!

      -k

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  4. love them all but my fave is the snowflakes one with the angel wing - amazing imagery!

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  5. Lovin' your card, Kory K.!! I love the Clean and Simple look of them..they are all perfecto! Been missin' ya! Hope life is treating you well!

    Hugs and Happy Holidays!
    HL

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    1. Thank you so much, lady! Been missin you, too- where you been?! I've just GOTTA do one of your blog hops, now that I'm back to feeling all creative and all! Later!

      -k

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  6. Oooh, nice. Love that Santa stamp!

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    1. Thank YOU!

      and yes- I love that Santa stamp! A little too much! lol

      -k

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