Good morning! Happy Wednesday! I feel like this week has taken so long…. maybe that’s because my to-do list is about a mile long haha! Today is Day 5 of my Holiday Card Hustle series. I used a photo from last year’s photo shoot, because my kids were so darn adorable in this picture that I couldn’t help it haha! The colors of our photo shoot from last year worked just perfectly with the Wonderland Make It Market kit from Papertrey Ink.
Those Make It Market kits are my kryptonite. Such perfect design and so many perfect little details. This year’s kit had flowers. You know me and flowers. I was helpless to resist. For this photo card, I started with an A7 sized panel of card stock. I then trimmed the photo of my kiddos down. I added a strip of the floral patterned paper that came with the kit on the other side so that the edges of the photo and patterned paper were equidistant from the edge of the gray panel.
There are a lot of patterns going on in this project. I wanted to put a somewhat “neutral” barrier over the line where the two pieces met on the card base. When mixing patterned papers, it’s good to neutralize your busier patterns by placing a looser, simpler pattern between, one that contrasts with the busy patterns. I have the rose patterned paper and the photo of my kids with lots going on visually, and so the strip of birch patterned paper acts as a kind of visual neutralizer over the line where the patterns join together. I adhered the strip of birch paper, then die cut some of the pre-printed pieces from the kit. For the greeting, the “wishing you a wonder-filled holiday” seemed almost made for this photo of my kiddos whispering secrets to each other. I die cut one of the scalloped ovals from the kit from some linen card stock, then added the greeting towards the bottom half of the die cut and added the little bouquet of flowers on top. Sort of looks like a basket of holiday flowers that you’d send to a loved one!!
Once I finally finished pushing all of the pieces around and deciding on a layout for this card, this one would be super simple to mass produce, especially if you used the pre-printed die cuts from the kit’s paper pad.
Well, that’s all for me today. I will be back tomorrow with Day 6 of the Holiday Card Hustle! I really need to kick in gear now… I’m somewhat in denial that Christmas is only 3 weeks away!!! Hope your holiday cardmaking is going well, friends! Have a marvelous day. 🙂