Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Cards

Christmas Eve is the main family celebration day of Christmas in Sweden and was always one of my favourite days of the year. This week we don't have a challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show, instead the team is sharing a special Christmas wish to all of you. Don't miss the wonderful projects posted by the team members (and read to the end of this post for a special Christmas offer).

One of the important parts of Christmas for me is making and sending Christmas cards. Making Christmas cards was also what got me into papercrafting about ten years ago. I wish I could see all the Christmas cards I've made in a big pile.

I love the idea of my cards travelling across the globe to their destinations.  I usually make every card different from the other, but this year I had to speed up the process a bit. The cards are still all different, but they have the same post card design and colouring method. I was happy to use a lot of my Christmas stamps.

I simply cut manila cardstock into post cards, coloured on both sides with Distress Stains (the quickest way to colour many cards). I used different combinations of stain, which was also a fun way of experimenting with how they would look together. All the cards have a bit of either Brushed Pewter or Tarnished Brass stain, since I love the metallic shine they give. You get six post card from one sheet of 12 inch manila cardstock, and since there are no embellishments, the cards don't cost much to make and are totally flat, making it easy to send them.

I like all my cards to be different, and I enjoy picking out which card will fit which recipient. I took out a lot of Christmas stamps and stamped the cards using different colours ink. All the cards have some stamping in black (Archival Jet Black), brown (Gathered Twigs) and one more colour.

The edges were inked and distressed.

I coloured all the cards in one session and stamped them in another. I think I used almost every single Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas stamp that I own.

On the back, I stamped post card at the top, and then used second generation stamping and a snowflake, star, music, or script stamp.

Here are some using Artistic Outpost stamps. I love how the Distress Stains makes every background unique.

And more with Artistic Outpost.

These were made with Hero Arts stamps. I made even more cards, but I think I am going to start boring you if I share them all.

We will be back on 31 January with a fabulous new challenge, you don't want to miss it. Simon Says Stamp also has an awesome Christmas gift for you, a special discount code: 40% OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR end of year sale category, coupon code: CLEAR40, now through December 31. There are over 1000 products to choose from, so don't miss it.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year 2013 full of crafting!


Surface: Ranger Manila cardstock
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Letter to Santa, Christmas Blueprint, Classics #10, Christmas Time, Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 2, Mini Holidays 4, Holiday Wishes, Reindeer Flight, Winter Sketchbook, Classics #9; Hero Arts: Starry Sky S5448, Tiny Flakes CG387, Snowy Tree CG370,  Winter Scene, Spirit of the Season CG375, Winking Reindeer H5457; Artistic Outpost: Snowy Woods, Mid Winter, Ephemera Backgrounds
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black, Olive; Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Broken China, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap
Stain: Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass, Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Pumice Stone


  1. Simply magnificent series of cards in retro style!

  2. Anna-Karin...I love your Christmas postcards! They have such a lovely vintage appeal. You've done such a fab job of mixing a variety of stamps to create such beautiful designs! I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. <3 Candy

  3. thanks for the inspiration! these are fun.
    Sandra ltb

  4. Beautiful postcards! Love how you mixed the images and the soft backgrounds. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope it is wonderful!

  5. Wow! You have been busy! Gorgeous creations

  6. Stunning cards! Love that their all different but all in the same style! Pretty soft colors! Beautiful! Hugs, Sandra

  7. Totally forgot to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!!! Hugs, Sandra

  8. Stunning cards - really, really beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  9. WOW! Another post full of gorgeousness! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

  10. Holy Christmas cow! You've been busy! These are all MAGNIFICENT! I'd pin but not home now. Gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas to you!

  11. Your cards are absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas! Sue

  12. I love all your fabulous postcards!
    And, I too love the tradition of exchanging Christmas cards! Anna-Karin, sending you and your family Christmas blessings on this special day!

  13. Wow! these postcards are awesome. Thanks for sharing
    hugs Julie

  14. What a stunning collection of cards, Anna-Karin! It's such a lovely combination of vintage and good old fashioned CHEER :)

    Happy Holidays!
    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Absolutely Stunning, what wonderful cards you have put together.

  16. oh wow! I love these... I know I'm late but I only just found you :)
    Suzi B


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