“Easy-Peasy” Christmas cards inspired by Spike

I’ve been telling myself for months that I’m going to take a page from the awesome “Blog that Spike Built” and start making Christmas cards early this year.  http://spikescreativeside.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/easy-peasy-christmas-cards-63-many-merry-christmas/.  She is totally cool and a major inspiration- from her Drunken Stampers stuff to her Art Journal pages to this here “Easy-Peasy Christmas Card Pinterest Board” http://pinterest.com/spikescreative/easy-peasy-christmas-cards/.

And I finally did!!!  Here are my first 2:

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And they were totally “Easy Peasy”.  I made a Christmas tree stencil with a piece of heavy paper and then used a stamp I made out of an eraser with 4 circles.  I stamped a bunch of circles in different colors to fill in the template.  For red and green one, I used a Season’s Greetings rub-in and for the multi-colored one I used a “Joy” stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The colors for the “Joy” one are actually from the Stampotique Designers Challenge this month: purple, orange, and yellow.  http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/08/sdc111-color-challenge.html  I love the color combo!

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My favorite part is the “star” at the top of the tree, which I did with my boy’s borrowed pinky finger.  I used a Sharpie to put a little starburst in it.

I felt like I’m on a roll, so I made a few more today.  I’m actually not really thrilled with the first 2, but the last one totally floats my boat:

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I got my first Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stamping the Moon yesterday and it was like opening a treasure chest!  http://stampingthemoon.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/paper-pumpkin-limited-time-offer/  It came with a little stamp pad, an acrylic block (which I’ve wanted for forever), a bunch of charcoal gray cards and yellow-polkadotted papers that fit, envelopes, a sheet of flag and accent stickers, and 2 stamps.  There were instructions on how to make a sample card, but I hate following instructions so I pretty much did my own thing.  For the top one, I used a Stampsmith “H” stamp (which I love) with the new acrylic block and then stamped the rest of the letters to spell “Happy Holidays”.  I kind of blew it with the snowflake stamp using a bingo dauber.  Oh well, can’t win ’em all.  The Christmas tree one is the innards of the stencil I used in the first batch of cards.  I used another Bingo dauber to stamp around it.  Then I used a couple gift stamps, which I colored with my handy dandy Sharpies, a star stamp (that I made with an eraser), and a “Happy Holidays” stamp that came with the above-mentioned snowflake.  Like I said, those aren’t my favorite.  This one, however, is:

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I don’t know why I like this one so much, but I do.  I made the Gingerbread Man stamp with one of my boy’s old erasers.  It had a Buzz Lightyear sticker on it, so it was kind of shaped like a man, and I just carved this little guy.  Here’s my first test page with him:

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Then, I stamped the circles with the circle eraser stamp that I had used previously to fill in the Christmas tree.  I traced the little guy and drew swirls in the circles and then, just because, I stamped a similar swirl in the corner.  I wrote the little phrase on the card and Voila!

I’m going to submit the second batch, that one in particular, to the this month’s Stampotique Designers Challenge: Polka Dots.  http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/08/sdc112-polka-dots.html

I originally made the first one for their color challenge but you can only submit one and I really like that one best.  “Run, run, as fast as you can.  You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man.”  🙂  Christmas, here I come!

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18 thoughts on ““Easy-Peasy” Christmas cards inspired by Spike

  1. […] made these out of the same handy-dandy tree template I used in this previous card creation: https://craftymadre.com/2013/08/20/easy-peasy-christmas-cards-inspired-by-spike/ (Hence, the earlier credit given to Spike.)  I used my Bingo ink daubers (my wife is a REAL Bingo […]

  2. anniebella1 says:

    I love following your blog so I nominated you for the Liebster Award!
    http://cornerofthebedroomstudios.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/liebster-award-nomination/

  3. lostinpaper says:

    Well done! I think my christmas card count is officially at two…. maybe I needed this inspiration right now, thanks so much!

  4. SunnieWicker says:

    I enjoy your art journaling so much I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award… again I believe. lol http://mommymoonblossom.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/liebster-award-nomination/

  5. sarindajones says:

    Wonderful Ideas…Thank you for sharing with us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge.
    Best
    Sarinda

  6. Kay Wallace says:

    Love the “gingerbread” card! Took me back decades and I can still come up with that chant! Colors are perfect, and I love how you cleverly created the polka dots! Bravo!

  7. roylcoblog says:

    Love that adorable stamp guy! You did a great job with the Christmas cards–what an awesome hobby to get into! There’s nothing better than receiving a unique handmade card for any holiday or special event.

  8. I really like your 2 Christmas cards. They may be easy to make, but they look marvelous. Blessings!

  9. I love your out of the box thinking!!! I am so glad you enjoyed your Paper Pumpkin kit too! Just think you can get a new surprise every month! Oh and btw you can use cotton balls and street chalk to shade around your stencil or a sponge and ink.
    Keep reaching for the Moon, Tiffany

    • craftymadre says:

      Thanks a lot. I’ll definitely try the chalk and ink ideas! I have a ton of colored sidewalk chalk. Do I have to put anything over it to keep it from coming off?

      • Some people have used hair spray, I prefer a spray fixative if the piece is going to be handled. If it is going in a frame or on the wall then you shouldn’t need anything with the chalk and pigment inks will dry over night or you can heat set them.

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