Friday, 5 November 2010

Polka Doodles - Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Morning everyone, it's Friday again so we have another Polka Doodles challenge for you which this week has been set by teamie Jenny. Jenny wants to help us all out with the Christmas card marathon so she would like to see your Quick and Easy Christmas Cards.
I decided to do a favourite trick of mine to make cards in bulk without getting too many repeats as I always like to have different cards to give to family and the neighbours - as they're all in each others homes over the festive season, it's nice for them to have a card from me that isn't the same as everyone else's if you know what I mean!
My trick is to use the same basic layout for the cards and then vary the focal point to make the cards look more individual. I've made 4 here so that you can see what I mean:
I've used 2 of the pretty papers on the Sundae of Seasons CD to make the simple background. I then chose some of the images from the Winter collection and cut them out (there are lots more to choose from)
I made a background panel for each image from white card, cutting some with a circle and oval cutter and embossing them with the Cuttlebug snowflakes folder. If you want to be really quick, you could stop here but I decided to add some sparkle by swiping with ink and embossing with crystal powder. I used Brilliance inks in some cases which gives a gorgeous pearly effect when embossed.
I added simple greetings matted on red card to finish.
Don't forget to visit the Design Team for some more great ideas.
I'm also entering my cards into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Dry Embossing
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Anything Goes

13 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh fliss hun what a gorgoues set of xmas cards each one is so beautifully designed with some great images,hugs cheryl xx

Debbi said...

Your cards are gorgeous! LOVE your idea about the background.
*smiles*
debbi

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

These are gorgeous Fliss - love the rich colours on the Polkadoodle images and stripey paper. A great idea for making a large batch of cards without them all looking identical. Love the embossed panels too!
x Sylvia x

Vintage Milly said...

Lovely Fliss, I love the background you have done, I always forget about embossing, but I am just going to drag out my folders and do a big batch this afternoon so I have some handy -yours look lovely with the ink and embossing.
Em.x

McCrafty's Cards said...

beautiful cards, Thank you for joining in with us at C.R.A.F.T Challenge
Kevin xx

Tip Top said...

I really do like these and you sure they were quick to make??!!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

The are all gorgeous I do love the snowman tho!
Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion this week! Good Luck hugs shell xx

Crafty_Fairie said...

Fliss these are just fantastic really fun and colourful i cant choose a fave !!!

Good Luck

Kerry x

lis-m said...

Wow, these are gorge !! the images erally are adorable . fab cards
hugs xx

Trimgym said...

Great card using Dry Embossing, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won.

Jo and Tigerlover.

Stephanie said...

Great idea! I love how you changed them up a little. I never gave any thought to people seeing the same card at everyone's home. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.

Rose said...

Gorgeous cards Fliss, the embossing is lovely behind the images, I intend making a lot of cards this Christmas from that CD, it's really lovely.

Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T for our dry embossing challenge and good luck.

Rose xx

Jenny said...

such a super idea Fliss, think I'll be adopting the sketch idea this year...along with copying everyone elses ideas from the DT!!! Now I have too many good ideas to choose from! lol