Budget and Earth friendly Christmas Cards

Hi y'all,

My goal for Christmas is to keep things simple.  Between making first grade magical and my family feeling Christmasy, I can easily overdo in a frenzy of busyness.  But for me the quiet hope of a newborn baby is the point.  This year I really want to hold that in my heart.

So with that in mind here are some simple cards, some that can be easily massed produced if you need a bucket of them.  And they feature scraps, so there's no need to make more purchases.  Money can be tight this time of year.
Sweet and Simple Christmas Tree
My first card is a primitive torn paper Christmas Tree.  This card is speedy, adorable, and oh joy! uses up paper scraps.  First I used Tattered Angels Imperial Blue Glimmermist spray.  This spray adds color and a subtle shine to paper projects.  I tend to use this product a lot.  I sprayed more at the top then the bottom.  In the middle I drew a quick line using a brown copic marker.  These markers stand up to a variety of mediums without smearing.  I found three scraps on my table that looked great together.  (Everytime I begin tidying up, I get inspired!).  I tore the scraps and glued them down.  My tree topper is a flower from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set which I use all the time.  I even use it to make little bows on a card further down.  A sentiment  was from the retired Lawn Fawn stamp set Peace, Love, Joy. and a rhinestone finished this card.

The next two cards feature my Woodland deer stamp.  I live in a beautiful place that has more deer than people so this stamp is on my projects all the time representing my quiet neighbors.  The background on the first card is a strip of wrapping paper trimmed off a Christmas gift.  It was too lovely to throw away. 

I embossed right on the wrapping paper.
The second card was inspired by a sketch challenge which I never completed.  Hello Thanksgiving! I was so happy, busy with my family that my crafty endeavors were forgotten.

I love this card, though.  All those deer lined up in cool Distress ink colors.  The first one sporting the red gem on his nose is just happy!   I stamped the deer on some scrap white paper and of course the patterned paper was scrap, too.  The papers are separarated by some silver glitter tape.  The gem was off some gift wrapping garland.

pretty packages from scrap paper
The above card was inspired by my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set.  The small flowers looked just like bows to me today.  The sentiment is from an expired Tim Holtz's die set and wishes is from my Blessings Stamp set.  I also used some Aged Mahoganey Stickles on the present on the right.

The final card is made from all scraps.  The background and the trees are mono print scraps.  If you'd like to read more about mono prints click here.

If you look in your scrap box and in all your interesting saved bits, I'm sure there is more than enough to whip together some budget and earth saving cards.  The torn Christmas tree is a snap to put together.



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