Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Cards - Variations on a Theme #1

Hello everyone and welcome to my little  blog!!
A very special welcome to my new followers and a big thank you for joining me, I'm so pleased to have you come along on my creative journey. 

Well, it is December and another year has almost finished.  Where does the time go??  Is it just me, or does it really go by faster each year!  Getting scary!!

So, I'm back to share some more Christmas Cards.  Should have posted these a few days ago but better late than never!!  I don't have a huge amount of Christmas cards to make each year.  I really only make them for family and very close friends.  Everyone else gets the store bought kind.  Even so, it can get a bit hard to get them all done so, to make things easier on myself, I find a design or two that I like and then I just make variations on those designs (hence, the title on this post!!  LOL!!).

I have already shown the two designs I'm using this year in previous posts and here I am sharing two variations of one of those designs.

They are very similar as you can see, I simply use different papers and different elements.
The papers are mostly from Megs Garden's 'Tis Christmas Time' and 'A Musical Christmas' Mini paper packs,  although the base layer is from Kaisercraft.

This design has a wider back section so there is an extra piece on the side which is separate from, and yet still part of, the front view.  Means I can clutter up the front of it without having to worry where the heck I'm going to fit the greeting.  LOL!!

I gather a selection of flowers and also decide on which other embellies I want to use such as leaves, tickets, berries, etc.  All of these usually end up in a pile on my work bench ..

.. and then I simply pick out whatever I wish to use on the particular card I'm working on.

The insides of my card are pretty much the same.

So, that is card No. 1 and
here is No. 2

No lace on this one, just some strips of paper and I've used a half doily on the side.

The die cut pine boughs are the same, just cut from different paper.

Used some tickets again on this card but, used slightly different ones ..

.. and a different flower and bauble spray. 

Same greeting ..

.. and same inside.

Normally, I do use gesso quite a lot on my finished cards but here I've used a gritty texture paste and then, while it is still wet, I have sprinkled it with glitter.  It sparkles so prettily in real life.  Thank you again to Pamelia Johnson from whom I got this idea.  She has a great tutorial on the 'snowy' look HERE.

Well, there you are, two cards made practically the same, just with different colours and slightly different elements.

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you so much to those of you who leave me such lovely comments.  I read them all and really appreciate them.  Enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.


  1. But they look so different, they really do take on a life of their own! Loving that bit of lace you've used....I think cards are sooo good for using up bits and bobs...& the insides of your cards are DIVINE!!! So glad you're sharing these. And no wonder they take you so long to make, they are so thoughtfully put together:):)

  2. Well I think whoever gets one of your hand made cards are very lucky.. these two are gorgeous! and love how the inside looks so good too.. and Marg I think each year seems to go quicker then the one before so you are not alone there!! have a great evening!

  3. Wow Margaret, these are just gorgeous!! I love the rich colours and amazing tones! So many wonderful elements included, tags and flowers and snow!! Pinned them both!! Thanks for the inspiration. hugs :)

  4. Wow these are super gorgeous Margaret. I am especially loving the black Christmas card. I am amazed that you also decorate the inside......soooooo beautiful! !! I am always in awe of your card creations Margy......thankyou for sharing them with us .xx

  5. A fabulous set of cards and a great way to take a theme and vary it! Loe the shabby mixed media style of your cards!!

  6. Beautiful. BLACK for Christmas - how wonderful. You are amazing with your cards. Lucky people who receive them. <3

  7. Gorgeous cards! So much to love about them!! Love those gold retro titles and the fir die - awesome!!


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