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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Christmas Elves

Christmas is in the air, well at least in the air in my craft room.  Once again, I found myself working on another Christmas card.  For me, this is no surprise.  I LOVE Christmas.  I love the time I spend decorating, cooking, and visiting with family and friends.  Most of all, I love celebrating Jesus' birthday.  So I guess in my mind, it is time to start preparing for the holidays.

I wanted to make another slider card and ended up designing 2 more to go with the snowman one.  I used the 3 stamps from the Holiday Lineup stamp set.  I shared the snowmen on Monday and today I am going to show you the elves. 

The basic idea of the card is the same as the other one.  I started by stamping the elves.  Now these guys crack me up.  I love the cute expressions on their faces and the happiness they are so willing to share.  I then punch the word window in the card, slid the punch over and punched again to create the slot.  As you can plainly see, my second punch was a little off and so it is not exactly straight.  Do you think that will keep me from sending it out?  Not on your life.  Any time you make something by hand, it is always okay to have an oops or 2.  After all, those only add to the charm and uniqueness of the card!  The slider is a stocking stamp.  I think the name of the set it is from is Sparkly & Bright.  It is retired.  I stamped it using green ink, colored it with my SU! markers, and then adhered it to a 1" circle.  The reason I needed the circle is to be able to use the penny again as my weight for the slider.  It was very visible without the circle so I improvised.  

Here is a closeup of the elves.  I used Garden Green and Real Red SU! markers for their little outfits and hats.  I used the Soft Suede marker for the hair and Blush Blossom for the skin color.  You can still order the Blush Blossom marker from SU!.  I do wish they would bring back the paper and stamp pad.  I also used the Basic Black marker to highlight their eyes.  The only part of this card I glittered is the pom pom balls of their hats.  They certainly are ready for the holiday rush!!

While not the best close up picture of the greeting I was hoping you would be able to see the glitter of it.  I stamped it with VersaMark and heat embossed it using a red embossing powder with red glitter in it.  It was another way I could add sparkle without the mess of the glitter.  
Well, I hope you enjoyed this card.  Remember to let me know if you need help with your Christmas cards.  Visit my Stampin' Up! website to order any of the materials you might need for your cards or visit my online store to purchase cards.  Both sites have links listed on the left hand side of my blog.  Hope to see you back tomorrow.  Thanks for dropping in today.

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