When I first saw this The Newborn King stamp set in the 2014 Holiday catalog, I knew I had to have it. I thought it would be PERFECT for my personal Christmas cards. I believe that Christmas should be about THE newborn King, and not that jolly old guy (although, because he's fun and has the givng spirit he does come also!) So I ordered it - late at night, and probably tired..... I accidently ordered the WOOD version! It's been so long since I received a new wood set I almost forgot what it was.
Then I decided it was time to use it anyway. Now I know there are ways to turn a wood set into a clear set, but then what would I do with all those wood blocks? Four is not enough for a building set for the grands! (Is my OCD showing?)
I picked the DSP - Trim a Tree - because I like those small size sets - less cutting. AND..... it's still October, so I wanted to be slightly subtle in the colors, I backed it with Early Expresso card stock. I like a brownish color as a backdrop for red and green, don't you?
Then I got out my Many Marvelous Markers and went to coloring. I wish I could tell you what colors I used, but I can't. I started with all the greens, but that was boring, so I added in some other colors. This is just random coloring. At first I wasn't even sure I liked it, but it has kind of grown on me - especially after I added the Cherry Cobler 1" Linen Ribbon bow. I live in South Texas, (and yes, down here, both are capitalized -it's a specific place!) and can only remember ONE white Christmas in over 50 years. We rarely even get the oranges and golds before the leaves hit the ground!
The inside is where I really wished I'd ordered the Clear Mount version of this set. A) the lines could be straigher and B) I could put both stamps on one block and stamp once (I'm all about saving time! - especially when stamping multiples of the same thing!)
A little more color on the star and this card is ready to sign and mail. I'll probably stamp the star on the envelope.
Don't forget to stamp the back side with a "Handmade" or "stamped by" stamp. You want your friends to KNOW you worked hard on it and thought about them while you did. You can get a personalized stamp on Page 197 of the 2014-2015 Idea Book and Catalog. It's well worth it for things like this. You can get another for a return address stamp - also worth it for multiple mailings!
Let me know what you think of my "fall Christmas card." I always like hearing from my readers.
Below you will find a list of all the ingredients for this card using The Newborn King stamp set, including one for BOTH the wood and clear mount versions.