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December 15, 2010

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Our Christmas card: a simple die-cut ornament

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Madigan made... her Christmas cards.

My Christmas cards are finally in the mail this week! Yay!

Hopefully, I do not keel over from licking envelopes (like Susan on Seinfeld). So far, so good. ;D

Sunday, I showed you a couple of handmade holiday cards that I made in prior years. True to form, this year's card is also fairly simple and easy.

This season, I also was inspired by red and turquoise. It is a fun color combo for the holidays. I do not have the guts to decorate with those colors... yet. But I thought putting them on a card was a safe way to test the water.

(For inspiration on incorporating red and teal for the holidays, you must check out less cake, {more frosting}'s holiday decor. It is one of the posts that got me diggin' these colors!)

I got a little fancy with these cards and used my die cutting machine. But, I kept the shape simple and cute.

I bought an ornament shape from the machine's site and configured it in their software to make a card shape. There is an excellent tutorial on the company's blog, if you are interested how. I won't go into the details here.

I cut a smaller circle that would fit neatly inside either side of the card. I played around and adjusted the size of the circles and card so that: A. all 3 pieces could fit on an 8.5x11" piece of cardstock and B. the card would fit into an invitation size envelope.

I used various colors of card stock: reds, blues/teals and a green. Then, I just mixed and matched the colors into an ornament.

To assemble I...

A. Cut out the shapes on the machine. Folded the ornament cards in half.
B. Stamped holiday phrases onto one circle. Then I adhered both circles to a contrasting color ornament card.  I almost forgot to sign the cards before the next step (duh!!).
C. Cut out ribbon (about 10" in length). Tied each ornament closed with a bow.
D. Took plain invitation envelopes and stamped with a coordinating stamp.
E. Colored in part of the stamp with crayons or pastels.

I love having the matching envelopes. I think the cards look so cute and finished with them. (Lucky me happened to have an ornament stamp already!)

I can't decide which color combo I like better.

The red/green with the Swiss dot paper....

The pale blue and red...

Or the fun turquoise and red?

Not sure which was harder: assembling the cards.... or trying to decide what color to send to each family!?

Do you have a favorite?