Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Are You Ready for Sweater Weather?

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Christmas Card with Pocket

We just got our first cold front and the cooler temperatures have brightened everyone’s spirits!  I can’t wait for sweater weather!  I love those cool, crisp fall days when you can throw on a cozy sweater, jeans, and fuzzy slippers and craft all day!  Heaven!  Since I’ve promised myself I won’t wait until the last minute, I’ve been designing Christmas cards and this is one of my favorites.  It is actually embossed with the texture of a cable knit sweater and the paper makes it look so real!  I added buttons and a pocket full of Christmas greenery to “complete the look” (Are you a Project Runway fan too?”)

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Cable Knit Sweater Embossing Folder

The card is made from a white card base measuring 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  I chose a sweater design from the Warmth and Cheer Paper Stack.  It is full of plaids, sweater prints, and small prints with a cabin in the woods feel.  The red sweater paper is cut 5 1/4″ x 4″, then embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I’m not kidding, that’s really the name of it!  Here’s a picture.  It looks just like a cable knit sweater!  I’ve seen so many cute cards using this embossing folder.  I’ve definitely got more designing to do with this one!

The pocket was cut from a 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ white cardstock rectangle.   I clipped the bottom corners at an angle to give it shape.  Then  I added a pocket1/2″ strip of red cardstock at the top of the pocket as an accent.  I traced “stitches” around the edges of the pocket with contrasting Stampin’ Write Marker (Real Red) and white gel pen using a ruler to keep my stitches straight.  The tree cutout on the pocket front was cut from the Pretty Pines Thinlit Die as was the greenery tucked into the pocket.  The pocket was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then the greenery was tucked in the pocket with a little Fabri-Tac glue on the ends to hold it in place.  Finally the star was lovingly placed on the top of the tree and  some buttons were adhered with glue dots to the right side to finish the card.

There are so many possible variations with this card.  Just think of all the goodies you could tuck in the pocket – chocolate bar, gift card, photo – whatever might be special to the lucky recipient!  Choose your favorite sentiment to stamp inside.  I like two of the sayings from the Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set – “Keep Warm & Snuggle Up” or “Wishing You a Season Filled With Warmth & Cheer”.

So bring on the cool fronts and cuddle up to this quick and easy sweater Christmas card !

Use similar supplies that you have on hand, but if you need anything and  don’t have a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator, I’d be happy to serve you!  I’ve listed the main supplies I used below.  Just click on the product links below, or go to my online store HERE. Use the September/October Hostess code when you order and you’ll receive a free card made by me!   You are also welcome to subscribe to my newsletter  HERE to get notification of new blog posts, design ideas, specials, video tutorials, and more!  New subscribers will also receive the 2016 Twelve Days of Christmas projects for FREE!

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Happy crafting,

Lynda Falconer, Stampin’ Up Demonstrator

www.crafterinspired.com

Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack   #141991  $10

Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  #143537    $10

Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set  #142054 (Clear Mount  $20) or 142051 (Wood Mount $28)

Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies  #141851   $26

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