Hello, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend and that your new week is off to a great start! We got a fabulous snow storm bringing a delightful blanket of snow; just perfect to cover the leaves I neglected to rake! ha ha! I spent the relaxing weekend working on a collection of Christmas cards that I'm excited to share with you today!
I ordered a bunch of delightful things from Spellbinders Paper Arts and they've been waiting patiently for me to use them! I always love a postal theme, no matter the season, but add in vintage Santa.....I just can't resist! I have three additional cards I'm sharing below without Santa, but he just HAD to make his way onto one!
Each of the 4 cards feature the darling Parcel & Post Mailbox Etched Dies paired with the Christmas Mailbox Greetings Glimmer Hot Foil Plates. I also bought the All-Occasion Mailbox Greetings Glimmer Hot Foil Plates because one of my favorite "Santa" designs is included AND I want to use the mailbox for all-occasion cards as well.
To begin, I die cut the main mailbox, the side panel, and the door from Pure Poppy cardstock. I added some Scarlet Jewel ink blending around some of the edges to give the illusion of depth, without using different colors of cardstock. I also did all of the hot-foiling for the main sentiments on the mailboxes using the gold foil included in this 4 pack. I actually use all of the colors from this set year-round, so it's perfect to keep on hand!
The mailbox dies come with the rectangle so you can die cut the foiled sentiments and they fit perfectly on the front of the mailbox. I didn't use foam squares on this particular card, but for the rest of the cards, I foam mounted the sentiments for added dimension. I used foliage that's included with the mailbox AND a few sprigs from the Winter Welcome Sled dies (I'm sharing a trio of cards using that set later in today's post).
I ended up finding some beautiful pre-made poinsettia embellishments at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago that made their way into my cart; they're absolutely perfect for these cards! All 4 of the backgrounds were dry embossed using the beautiful Ski Lodge Embossing Folder; I chose Aqua Mist, White, and Pinefeather.
The cute little envelope dies are also part of the mailbox die set and they are just the cutest thing ever! I made some white and some two-toned red; Scarlet Jewel and Pure Poppy. The sentiment strips at the bottom of each card feature the Mini Christmas Sentiments Hot Foil Plates. These little guys were giving me all sorts of fits until I did some adjusting; I raised the temperature to medium, put the sentiments in the middle of the platform, timed them for 18 seconds and added a cardstock shim! voila! perfect! The set also comes with a handy-dandy die to cut them out perfectly once they've been foiled!
My next series of cards uses the ADORABLE Winter Welcome Sled that I'm obsessed with! One of my favorite sets of ALL TIME is the Two Feet Deep Stamp Set, so it's natural that I would fall in love with this sled, too! I actually can't wait to combine the two because the sentiments in the Two Feet Deep set are so fabulous!
I chose to use some pretty pattern paper that I bought HERE; it's double-sided so the main panel is one side and then I used the opposite side for another card I'm sharing next. The striped paper is from a SU! pack I've had for quite a few years.
I fell in love with the sled cards that Yana made last year and she used the sentiment on one of the planks, so I used her cute idea!
I used the same foliage for the sled cards as I did for the mailbox cards. Once again, the poinsettia embellishments are pre-made and easy peasy!
My final pair of cards are on the CAS side, but I love that look! I love making cards that look like they came from Papyrus or somewhere like that! The hot foil really elevates them so you don't have to do a lot, if you don't want to! As I mentioned earlier, this is double-sided paper and these are two designs from one sheet. I absolutely love both of them for these cards.
I had some extra sentiments left over from my mailbox cards so I chose to use them with the sleds. I was hoping they would still look like sleds with the large sentiment, but I love how they turned out. This sprig of holly is also from Hobby Lobby; I'm addicted to their holiday crafting section!
Each of the bases for the sled were die cut using the beautiful Mirror Gold Cardstock; I also die cut many of the elements on the mailbox cards using this same cardstock. It cuts like a dream and is the perfect holiday touch!
I had so much fun creating all of these cards using these amazing products! I didn't want to stop! Thanks for fluttering by!