Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Inspired Cards ~ Jo West

Brrrr.... feel that chill in the air?  Winter is coming ...  Time to light those fires, cuddle up with a blanket,  and a warm cup of hot chocolate ... but first, lets pull out all of our christmas papers and make some quick and easy winter themed cards!  Having a supply of winter themed cards comes in really handy, especially if you find your November and December too busy to make cards ... Each of the cards shown here can be made in 10 minutes or under ... like i said "quick & easy"

Got strip scraps?  I know i will want to send out some general cards later on in winter ... for this card i just used strip  paper,  punched the lower border, filled the holes with clear stickles, put a little bit of glossy accents on the cheeks of the faces and the blue dots.  I punched out a tag, stamped "hello", added a ribbon boy and its ready!

Got leftover chipboard?  I used a lot of little chipboard accents from last years Cosmo Cricket line ...  they look so cute and add a great big punch to the card without having to do a more time consuming technique.  I also used a little a die cut  acrylic snowflake.

Got leftover packaging?  try saving those clear acrylic packages that embellishments come in ... you can run them through your big shot to make inexpensive embellishments .  Before I attached these three snowflakes to the card, i heated them for a few seconds with my heat gun to bend them a bit ... this gives the card a little more dimension and it creates more shine for the light to bounce off of as there are more angels to catch the light.

Got bling?  I know i will be sending out lots of thank you cards come January ...  and i wanted some glimmer and shine to my cards ... so to get the glimmer going I grabbed my smooch  (glimmer glaze works really well too) and  I painted the rim of a diecut tag and the coloured areas of the snowflake ... I then added three little self adhesive pearls and its all shiny & pretty ... 

Got Birthdays??? Your left over Christmas or winter themed papers and embellishments can still work well for winter birthdays.  In this case i used a snowflake themed paper,  and a chipboard christmas present which can easily pass a birthday present once the sentiment on the card front is clear! ... I added some glossy accents and glitter to the outline of the diecut and the bows on the present, through on a hand made flower and ribbon and again, made a super quick and easy winter themed card.

Got Vintage???  Sometimes i just want to do something vintage looking ...  to make this card, I just went to a free download site, in this case The Graphics Fairy ... downloaded and then printed the card for free ... stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner and painted the snow with smooch and stickled the border.  Once dry I adhered it to cardstock, border punched the edge, added ribbon, a bow and a pin!

So dig out those leftover christmas papers and embellishments and whip up a few super easy and quick cards today! Thanks for reading!


  1. Jo, these are all fabulous examples, and so inspiring!! You put so much into the little details - there's so much good stuff to see! Thanks for sharing these amazing cards!! :)

  2. Sitting next to a fire wrapped up in a blanket with a nice warm mug of hot chocolate sounds so nice - those are some of my favorite things this time of year!

    Another thing a love is all the cool cards you get - yours look fantastic!!!

  3. Love these cards! Great job!