Christmas Card – Santa Gets Busted and a Cool Pop-Up Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas card season!  I wanted to make something sparkly and fun, but I wasn’t able to come up with a single theme across the front and inside of the card.  I decided that I didn’t care and I just picked my 2 favorite ideas and mashed them together.  This is what I came up with. . .

The front of the card is the front door to your home.  There’s a pretty wreath that I cut using a Miss Kate’s Cuttables file and the trees are just simple Christmas tree shapes from the Pazzles library.  Both are decorated with pretty jewels that I received in a Simon Says Stamps card kit.  It’s framed by the “Rudolf Red” paper from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow Christmas collection.   When you open the door to go inside, you’re greeted with a surprise . . .

It’s Santa! It looks like he got caught red handed.  He’s hanging out with Rudolf and he’s holding the milk and cookies that kids left out for him.  The Santa made me smile when I saw him.  He looked guilty and I thought this would be an adorable idea for a card.  I made Santa from a cutting file that I downloaded from the Pazzles library.

I was so excited to play with my new Waffle Flower die – Pull Tab Christmas Tree Bundle.  It makes the coolest interactive Christmas tree!  After a few practice attempts (yes it kicked my butt), I was able to figure out how to put it together.  I found a very good tutorial on YouTube on how to assemble it.  The video is made by Simon Says Stamps and can be found here – Pull Tab Tree Tutorial.   Every Christmas tree needs gifts under it.  I used some of my Miss Kate’s Cuttables files to cut presents out in the colors that are specified in the Lawn Fawn #40 Challenge – Color Inspiration.  It didn’t look quite right.  The tree was full of dimension, so the gifts couldn’t be flat against the card.  I used 4 of my Lawn Fawn Everyday Pop-Ups dies to add varying dimensions to the gifts.  In the 2 images below, you can see the tree popped out and the dimensions of the gifts.  You can see the pull tab that you use to make the tree “pop”.  Cool, right?!?

Finally, every card needs a sentiment to pull it all together.  I went with another of my Miss Kate’s Cuttables file (do you see a theme forming here?).  The Ho-Ho-Ho tied the front of the card and the inside of the card together.  The ornaments looked a little plain, so I cut some of my Lawn Fawn Mini Snowflakes out of sparkly white cardstock and they were the perfect size to give them some pizzazz.  Every thing was placed on my new favorite Christmas paper – Really Rainbow Christmas – Rudolf Red.  It has scripty holiday words in rainbow colors (the back is red).  I like this one because it gives a pop of color, but isn’t overwhelming.

I’m not sure if anyone is reading my blog, but if you are, how am I doing?  I don’t know a lot about blogging.  Am I typing too much, are the pictures OK, anything else that I can improve?  Doing card making and paper crafting challenges and posting on this blog helps keep me motivated to complete cards for #cardsforhospitalizedkids.  I’m hoping this blog will give me a place to chronicle my journey and (eventually, once I get the hang of all of this), upload all of the steps and instructions that I used to make cards.  I spend a lot of time researching new techniques to make fun interactive cards, and I’d love to be able to share it with everyone in one place.

I’m entering my card in the Lawn Fawns Challenge #40 – Color Inspiration

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