Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dressing a card up or down

Today I wanted to show you two glimpses of the same card, one is very quick and easy, and thin and mailable too, and the other took another 5 or 10 minutes to put together, and is probably better as a hand delivered card due to the thickness.  Both of these cards have been created using images from Heartfelt Creations.

The fact is, we need different types of cards, at different times for different people, and I wanted to show you how a  quick card could be dressed if you do up a bunch of quick cards and put them in your stash and then suddenly need a special card for an extra special person, then you have an idea of how to dress it up pretty quick.

So here is the base card:

As you can see, it is a pretty easy card to do.  I did this up as a sample recently before a craft day with my MIL and SIL, and I can say that we made a LOT of these that day!  A bit of masking and sponging, the colouring isn't too detailed, and the sparkle of the Stickles on the snowy areas really dresses it up.

Now here you can see what I did to one of them, to fuss it up extra special:

I added a swirl, a flower, and a sentiment.  That's it!  The extra work didn't take long, just a couple of extra die cuts is really all it took.  And none of these embellishments cost a lot to add, which is good for my Christmas budget!

I bet some of you folks would like instructions on these, so I'll refer you the the Heartfelt Creations Blog, where the instructions are posted today.  If you would like more details, please let me know in the comment section and I'll be happy to pass that info along.

Also, if you haven't participated in my survey on the side bar, please do so, I'm interested in the results.  And if you previously voted but your answers have changed, it lets you update it....

Have a great rest of the week, I'll be back to check in with you in a few days.  Good luck with your Christmas preparations and enjoy the festivities of the season!

Products Used on This Project 
HCPC 3347 Cardinal Bird Feeder PreCut Set 
HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 PreCut Set 
415223 Nestabilities Blossom 2 
HCD 702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die 
HCPC 3348 Cardinal Pine Cone Border PreCut Set 

Metalic rub on paste (around edges of sentiment)
Memento black ink to stamp image and Copics to colour
Stickles and rhinestones

A spoon full of sugar Challenge 133 - Christmas Card
Ladybug Craft Ink challenge Winter Wonderland
Creative Card Crew challenge Anything goes
All Sorts challenge Last Minute Christmas
Craft your days away - Punches and die cuts


  1. Love both cards but my bias is showing. I love the first and would just put a sentiment in the bottom right corner. What can I say, I love mailable cards! That said, I love that poinsettia.

  2. I love them both, but I love the "fuss" but it really doesnt look that dressedup to me, just perfect embellishment to accent! :-D

  3. both ways are gorgeous!!!! i like all the extras.......

  4. Wonderful winter scene
    Thanks for joining us at LCI challenges this week
    Good luck
    Lisa ;)

  5. Woww this is truly amazing! Love the way you did this!!
    Hugs Kristel

  6. Wow, what a very elegant card - brilliant embellishing!

    Thx you for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!!

    Mary J xxx

  7. Both these cards are gorgeous! Your coloring is beautiful.

  8. Love them both, but I am more is better girl so second one gets my vote lol. Thanks for joining us at LCI this week.

  9. What a great idea to show two variations - one quick and easy and the other a bit more detailed. Both look great.

  10. WOW; beautiful creations. I love, love, love cardinals - my all-time favorite!

    Thanks for joining LCI's Winter Wonderland challenge!

  11. Great idea. I love seeing different takes on the same image. Makes me think more when using my stuff at home too. Great cards, both of them!

  12. Beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at the LCI Challenge this week.

  13. Both cards are great, but my preference is for the first one... I like the simple things in life!
    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at the CCC this week!

  14. Hi Kristina, what beautiful festive cards, I love this image, it's just fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away, hope you have a wonderful Christmas and good luck with the challenge xxx

  15. Judy I, St. Louis MODecember 19, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    They are both beautiful. Although I think the poinsettia and the corner flourish are beautiful additions, I lean toward the more mailable version. The coloring is gorgeous. I'd love to see a tutorial on how you colored the cardinal. Thanks