Good morning! Danni here to share just how easily you can create Christmas cards that can be mailed or hand-delivered using similar MME supplies.
Creating hand-deliverable cards is relatively easy with every single product released from MME. From the gorgeous layered stickers, chipboard pieces, buttons, brads, twine, you can create a unique, individual, gorgeous Christmas card in no time at all.
I love creating embellished cards and will be sharing just how easy it is to use these elements on hand-deliverable cards, ones you would give to family/friends/co-workers. But what about using all your supplies to create cards in MME style, that you could easily and affordably mail to your loved recipients?
There are a couple of tricks I use and would love to share them with you today.
HAND DELIVERABLE CARDS
First I will share a couple of embellished cards, cards ready for you to hand-deliver to loved ones and friends alike.
MME really takes the "work" out of creating/designing when you use these layered stickers. I added a little stitching along the layered sticker on the top block of the card so as to draw attention to the embellishment.
Another way to add the extra special touches to hand-deliverable cards is to layer your chipboard embellishments and to add a pom pom or two to the snowflakes on the patterned paper. It now "feels" like snow!
I adhered a strip of the chevron stripe to the "Joy" paper and stitched the chevron, added chipboard to the design and of course a pom pom to birdie's hat. I am so excited to give these cards this Christmas!
Now...what if you have loved ones that live afar and you love the MME Christmas collections? Being able to create cards that can be affordably mailed is important this season too.
CARDS SUITABLE FOR THE MAIL
How do you add embellishments that won't add a lot of bulk? How do you create/design a card that still "feel" layered and embellished without creating a lot of bulk to the envelope?
I usually follow four simple rules:
1. Choose several patterned papers to layer (choosing several adds interest to the card through color and patterns without having to add embellishments).
2. Cut designs from the patterned papers or punch shapes from the pp to layer (layering pp die-cuts still keeps the card flat/mailable but allows for the designs we love in the papers).
3. Stitch, stitch, stitch. Stitching adds an embellishment interest without bulk. If you don't want to add a lot of stitching or haven't pulled out your machine...hand-stitching one criss-cross stitch, an "x", if you will, across one of the embellies or sentiments will draw the focus to the stitching.
4. Add layering through using machine thread underneath one of your focal embellies, it adds a special touch while laying flat
On my "All is Bright" card above, I stitched sections of the various patterned papers which added a lot of interest to the various patterns, but to add even more interest to the focal embellishment, I stitched up one side of the birdie's hat and used a couple of mini staples on the sentiment.
On my Happy Holidays card, I added pops of red to add interest to the snow scene and the little sticker. In the sticker, there are touches of red, so to draw the eye to the details of the sticker, I decided to add more pops of red with my heart punch and stitching a sentiment sticker.
To add visual interest, not bulk, to the sentiment, I cut the bird circle from the patterned paper and layered it onto the sentiment in place of the "o".
Finally, choosing several patterned papers, stitched, draws interest to the colors in the designs and makes the card feel "bigger" than it actually is!
I hope all of you have taken some tips and ideas away from today's post...it was a joy to share these with you today!
Enjoy your weekend. :)
card supplies: Merry Christmas card: All is Bright: chevron, collage and ephemera frames patterned papers, layered stickers, twine, buttons MISC: scallop die and machine stitching Christmas Snowman card: Winter Wonderland: Christmas trees, Polka Dots, Presents, In the Neighborhood patterned papers, 12x12 chipboard elements, buttons MISC: pom poms and machine stitching Joy card: All is Bright: chevron and joy paper, chipboard buttons MISC: pom poms and machine stitching All is Bright card: All is Bright: joy, christmas tag, linen, bright, and collage paper MISC: Tim Holtz mini attacher staples, machine stitching Happy Holidays card: Winter Wonderland: presents, in the neighborhood, polka dots, christmas trees papers, stickers MISC: Martha Stewart heart punch, machine stitchingJoy card: All is Bright: joy, christmas tag, linen, joy, and bright paper MISC: machine thread, machine stitching