I spent some time this weekend making a batch of this card so I have a few more to send this year. I’m getting pretty darned close to having enough, which is good since NOW is the time that I should be getting them in the mail! I originally started with a very different plan to try out a technique that Jennifer McGuire recently shared on her YouTube channel. Let me just say that I didn’t have great success, so I decided to scrap it and go in a different direction. I’m sure that if I spent more time honing my technique I would have prevailed, but I needed some cards more than I needed to figure out the details of the technique. I can always revisit and try again in the future when I don’t have the pressure of a deadline.

I really like this combination of products from the Sweet Christmas Suite along with the Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder. I’ve been wanting to play with that embossing folder more, and this was the perfect time to pull it out. All of the products that I used (except the Seasonal Labels dies and Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder) are retiring at the end of this year. I’m really sad that the Candy Canes dies and coordinating stamps aren’t carrying over because I really have enjoyed using them. I LOVE the fact that there are candy canes shaped in both directions, AND that the dies cut out the canes in one of the patterns of the Sweet Christmas DSP. I used both dies and the DSP for the candy canes on these cards, and it was a great way to incorporate some additional color. You can shop for the products in the suite here.

When I was making these cards Steve commented “you need some gold on the card”. I used some of the Seasonal Sequins to add some extra zhuzh to the card; some of them have gold sequins and some have the white sequins that you see on this card. The interesting thing is that they don’t show up as very white. It seems like they pick up some of the neighboring color, so on this card they look more light green. I like both varieties, but have a slight preference for the white ones (don’t tell Steve).

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