Friday, June 10, 2011

Santa and Reindeer Over the City Christmas Gift Card Holder and a Little Nature

Picture of a portion of the image on the front of the Christmas card
We've been in a heat wave over the last few days with close to record temperatures and high humidity.  Since sometimes mind over matter can give you strength, I thought it might work to cool me down.  With that in mind I decided to create a Christmas card.  My card is not just an ordinary Christmas card because I have constructed it so that it can hold a gift card on the inside.  I stayed away from incorporating snow because I still haven't gotten over all of the snow we received this past winter and didn't want my card to be a reminder of that experience.  Instead I focused on creating a cityscape scene that featured Santa and his reindeer.  I call this card Santa and Reindeer Over the City Christmas Gift Card Holder.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of my card, here's a little taste of nature from my garden.

Picture of catbird sitting on a plant hanger overlooking a garden

Picture of catbird sitting on a plant hanger overlooking a garden

I know summer is here when I hear our catbirds.  We have two pairs running around hunting in our garden this year.  These pictures are of one of the catbirds sitting on one of my plant hangers and posing for me.

Close up picture of a catbird sitting on a plant hanger

Creating My "Santa and Reindeer Over the City Christmas Gift Card Holder"

Card Statistics

Card Front

Picture of the front of the Christmas card

The first thing I did was sponge on a variety of inks in shades of blue on a piece of white cardstock.  I started with my lightest color at the bottom of the cardstock and worked my way up adding darker shades of blue as I went.  To create the city at the bottom of the panel I stamped a cityscape in black on yellow cardstock and then fussy cut it out.  The yellow of the cardstock shows through the buildings where the windows are located on the stamp.  I affixed my completed city in place so that the lighter blue color of my background created a slight glow across the skyline.

Once I had the city in place I constructed the moon.  Normally I would have incorporated the moon into my background by using a circle of cardstock over the area where I wanted the moon and sponging around it.  For this card, because of the Santa and reindeer silhouette stamp I was using, I was afraid it would take more than one try to get it right.  With this in mind I decided to create the moon on a separate piece of white cardstock and affix it in place.

For the moon I sponged a couple of shades of yellow on white cardstock and then used my Nestabilities to cut out the circle.  I stamped Santa and his reindeers on the moon and then sponged some of the darker blues around the edge.  I positioned the moon on the panel and sponged some pale yellow ink around it to highlight it in the sky.  This completed my cityscape Christmas scene.

I matted my completed scene on navy blue cardstock.  Using the front panel as my guide I selected a light blue cardstock for the base card.  I cut a piece of the light blue cardstock to measure 4 inches wide and 11 inches long.  Placing the 11 inch edge along the top of my scoring board, I scored the cardstock at 4 inches and 10 inches.  The 4 inch score is the fold for the top of my card and the 10 inch score creates the pocket on the inside of my card for the gift card.  I affixed the front panel to the front of this card base.

Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension

Picture of the front of the Christmas card set at a left angle

Picture of the front of the Christmas card set at a right angle

As you can see from the pictures above the only dimension on the face of the card is created by my sponged background.

Inside Card

For the inside I added a little height to the gift card pocket by cutting a piece of navy cardstock using my Nestabilities and affixing it to the 1 inch scored pocket flap.  After adding the decorative edge I applied glue along the two side edges to create the gift card pocket.  I sponged a little ink along the bottom of the pocket and affixed another moon with Santa in the lower left hand corner of the pocket.

The inside sentiment "Merry Christmas" is printed on white cardstock and I cut it out using my Nestabilities.  I sponged ink on the sentiment panel to reflect the colors used on the front of the card and affixed it to the inside of the card slightly off the surface.
Here's a close up of the sentiment panel to show you its dimension.

Picture of a close up of the sentiment panel with the card set at an angle

One final picture of the inside of my card with a gift card placed in the pocket.

Picture of the inside of the Christmas card with a gift card in the pocket

I also constructed an envelope from heavy cover stock to coordinate with the card.  I sponged a moon and sky in the lower left corner and stamped on Santa and his reindeer.  To protect the image for its future travel in the mail system I sprayed it with sealer.

Final Card and Envelope Ensemble

Picture of the completed card and envelope ensemble
I must say that creating this card did keep my mind off the least for a little while.

This gift card holder is available in my Polished Moxie Etsy Shop: Santa and Reindeer Over the City

Card Recipe Specifics

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  1. Beautiful over the city Christmas card. I love the way you finished off the inside too! Great picture of your catbird. Isn't it nice to have nature flying by when you are outside? You seem to have quite a few more critters around than I do.

  2. Hi there,

    I know I already commented on your beautiful card, but just wanted to stop by to say hello! Are you having a nice summer?


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