Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday - Preparing the Christmas Cards

It has been a while since I participated in Tackle it Tuesday and it feels good to do it again. I need to participate more often.

On Friday I start getting the pieces ready for the Christmas card that I'm making. I have finally decided on a design and now it's just a matter of building the cards. There's a lot that goes into putting together multiple cards so I took the idea from Lisa's workshops to have all of the pieces ready and then build the cards (all 30).

So first I cut out the base of my card. I used the basic card size of 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 so that I could get two card bases out of one piece of cardstock. Here's my base:

I chose the color Real Red for my base.

After I was finished cutting out all of the bases I put them in a baggie (that's my bone folder that you see, it helps to fold my cards smoothly).

Next I figured out the measurements for the other layers of the card. I am using a printed paper on the front of my card (called designer series paper by SU!). Down by my thumb (see below...sorry for the pictures, my lighting was not good) you can see the paper that I'm going to use, one with ornaments and another with snowflakes. I cut out all of the pieces of the printed paper that I'm going to need.

Then I cut out pieces of off-white (Very Vanilla) paper for the inside of the card where I will stamp my message. And then finally I cute out strips of paper that will go across the VV paper to add a little something to the inside (that's the stripe paper that you see below).

I put everything in baggies so that they'll be ready to go when I start building my card. Now all I have to do is cut out one last layer of paper (it should be delivered today), stamp and build.

Here's a preview of one of the stamps that I'm going to use that came in the mail yesterday:

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14 comments:

Carrie said...

cute can't wait to see them!

Lauren said...

The more you post about stamping, the more I want to try it! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Joanna said...

I can't wait to see what you make!! I love Christmas cards and your making them so personal!!

CFMama said...

Wow, they are going to be fabulous. I have yet to begin Christmas cards, I may have to see what supplies I have in my rubber stamp bins. Good luck! Can't wait to see the results.

jaydee said...

Kelli... it's arrived... Christmas Greetings is in your hands! I can't wait to see what you do with your cards.
blessings and hugs
jaydee

Shelly said...

wow very impressive! Great tackle!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those are going to be SUPER cute! I like the paper with the ornaments! And I have always wanted a bone folder...Martha Stewart uses them all the time..but I haven't ever bought one!

Susie said...

Those cards are going to be great!! Awesome tackle:-)

Kelli said...

Inspiring. I'm getting excited to start my own. Can't wait to see your finished product!!

jenjen said...

You are so good Kelli! I am not remotely organized. I need to get it together. I can't wait to see yours!

XOOX
Jen

Mommy, I'm Home said...

You are more adventurous than I am when it comes to Christmas cards! But, I can't wait to see the end result....

Angela said...

Wow! You are so organized. I never thought to get everything separated like that. I just sit down and go at it. Probably explains why they don't turn out so well. :)

Stop by my Tackle-it Tuesday if you have a chance! :)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Right on, Kelli! This is the perfect way to assemble a huge batch of cards. Just get it all cut and ready...and then away you go! I love that I understand every last color/paper you shared because it's all SU! I have that Merry Moments DSP that I have used on so many projects. It's a great choice! Have fun and I can't wait to see the finished product. Enjoy the process!!

Katie said...

I can't wait to see the finished card, looks like you're all set to go! I used to make mine, but have to admit to resorting to photo cards the past few years. Looks like you're doing assembly line style and I bet that streamlines making them a lot. Also like that you're using a stamp, bet that saves from having to use consumables.