A couple of weekends ago this John Lewis Christmas catalogue was included with our newspaper.
I was immediately drawn to it and kept it to one side to use as inspiration for a card. I really love kraft, red and white for Christmas cards, I think it's very homely and cheery - and always makes me think Scandinavian! I took some elements featured on the catalogue front cover - gingham, tag, button, snowflakes - and combined those with the colour combo to make my card.
I started off with a square PaperMania kraft card blank, trimmed a bit from the right hand side and added a punched snowflake border and white strip. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of SU! Crumb Cake CS, added the heat embossed snowflake and cut the piece into a tag shape. I punched a hole and made a re-inforcer ring by punching a 1/4" circle from Real Red CS and then punching that out with a 1/2" circle punch. I put a Real Red brad in the centre of the snowflake, added twine to the tag and popped it up on the card front. I wrapped gingham ribbon around the card, threaded on a natural coloured button and tied a knot. To finish off the front I added some punched snowflakes. Normally I add rhinestones to snowflake centres but I resisted here - I didn't think rhinestones went with the rustic vibe LOL!
Here's the inside and the envelope.
Stamps: snowflake from SU! Patterned Pines set, sentiments from Penny Black
CS: PaperMania recycled kraft square card blank & envelope, SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Real Red, VersaMark
Tools: EK Success Snowflake slim edger punch, circle punches,
Embellishments & accessories: red & white gingham ribbon, button, SU! Linen Thread, 3d foam pads