Saturday, January 11, 2014

My January Christmas cards!

I am setting the goal of making Christmas cards monthly again this year!!  I am following my sister, Sylvia's monthly Christmas Card challenge.
January's theme is embossing so I have incorporated both dry embossing and thermal embossing in my card.
I started by laser printing this Christmas rose and holly digital image from Beccy's Place.  I added the gold embossed greeting using my handmade stamping jig, watercoloured the images and glued them to a black layer.  I punched a slot (SU) on the top left hand side and strung a piece of red vintage seam binding through it.

I mounted it to a green embossed layer (CB-Swiss Dot) using 3D foam tape and adhered the ends of the seam binding to the back using double sided tape.  I then glued this element to a red card front.
Here is a look at my handmade stamping jig - I used Legos to make it!!  It works really well and I have put it in my tools drawer to be used next time I need to stamp an image in an exact location.
UPDATE:  For those who asked:  I have used a piece of vellum to stamp my greeting on and saved it in a envelope stored with my jig. You can also use a piece of acetate (transparency or packaging works well).  This method allows you to reuse the acetate if you use dye ink to stamp with as it will wipe right off the plastic.
I am submitting this card design to the following challenges:
Christmas cards all year round - anything goes
Sylvia's Christmas card challenge - embossing
Beccy's Place - any project with one of her images

It feels good to be back to cardmaking!!



  1. Great card Therese, I love the embossed background and the way you added the sentiment. I LOVE your homemade jig too... what a clever idea! I think I may have to requisition some Lego from my son to create one.

  2. Therese, thanks for joining my Christmas Card Challenge. Sylvia

  3. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for CCAYR January anything goes challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for January - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. Hello Theresa, just popping in from CCAYR to say thank you for joining us this month with such a beautiful card. It's a lovely image and so well colours, love your design and how you've the ribbon. Good luck with the challenge, Kate x

  5. I really like the embrossing on your card very nice.Joyce Johnson

  6. I absolutely love your homemade stamping jig. I have two boys with buckets of Legos and when I saw your design, I had a "Duh. Why didn't I think of that?" moment. Lol! May I ask... What type of plastic do you use to place the stamp on and where did you get it?

    1. Brenda,

      I used vellum to stamp my greeting on and then stored it in an envie along with my jig. Not the most efficient method! If you use acetate (transparency or packaging) you can stamp with dye ink and wipe it off when you are done and reuse the acetate. Much more efficient!!

      Thanks for asking!

      Hope all is well with you!!


  7. Beautiful card Therese! Love your idea of the homemade jig. I know the usage, but what does 'jig' stand for?


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