So, I know that we are way past Christmas but maybe you are planning for next year or need a deer themed card. So, I won’t wait to show you our card from Christmas 2017. I was very inspired by this card. I just love the deer die from Simon Says Stamp and the plaid paper from Lawn Fawn.
Like, I am sure many of you, I have a tight craft budget and try to maximize my purchases. I also try to only buy dies if I believe that I will use them more than once. So, while I was very tempted to buy all of the products used on this card I wasn’t sure that I would use the wording or pine branches dies enough to warrant the expense. So, I went for cute paper and the deer. Simon Says Stamp has a whole like of these storybook dies and they are so cute! I have already purchased the French Bulldog but he may need some more friends.
I started with the deer since I was making around 30 cards I knew that this would be the most time-consuming part. I cut out all my “parts” and started coloring with my Copic markers. This took a bit of time to cut and color. To make assembly easier I glued the main parts to a scrap of paper and cut around. This just makes life so much easier. I did not do this with the antlers as that would have been too crazy, even for me.
Once I had colored the scarves I added detail with a white gel pen. I loved how that detail worked on my card inspiration. In the sample, Debby used woodgrain paper, which I did not have so I stamped a wood background using the Stampin’ Up Hardwood background stamp and Antique Linen Distress Ink. I also cut out an oval versus a circle.
To create the holly wreath, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the holly leaves from dark green paper. I glued all my parts to a piece of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper. This paper came in a pack that had a variety of coordinating plaids so there were a few different backgrounds. I added glitter on the antlers and holly. I also added little dots of enamel for the berries. My last step was to add the sentiment. I loved the Fa La La from the sample but I just couldn’t get it right on the Silhouette so I went for “Joy.”
The “Joy” was cut out using a retired alphabet die from QuicKutz called Vixen. I added some silver Stickles once the letters were in place. This is where I have to tell you that I enlisted the help of my husband and he did the letter glittering. I was able to get these out on time this year.!