No Waste! Two Cards, One Design – Mama Elephant

Hi everyone! When creating cards, I try to be very economical with my cardstock so nothing goes to waste. With the two Christmas cards I’m showing today, I swapped out elements so I ended up with two cards, and no waste! This principle is something you can apply to cards for any occasion, not just Christmas.

Before I’m diving into the cardmaking process, I wanted to mention we still have the hot foil challenge running over at Cloud9 Crafts. Head over to Instagram to see how you can participate and be eligible to win a prize!

The Iconic Ornaments I stamped on both Mermaid and Ballet Slippers cardstock with VersaMark ink, and heat set the WOW! white embossing powder. When I stamped the ornaments, I made sure I stamped them in the exact position I wanted them to end up in the finished card. After heat embossing, I die cut the ornaments with the Stacked Circles creative cuts, which leave a nice stitched border.

To make the ornaments more interesting, I colored a number of elements with colored pencils. So not all the elements, just a few. For this I used Polychromos colored pencils number 129 (pink madder lake) and 156 (cobalt green). I absolutely love the result, it makes the ornament pop!

As I wanted to ‘hang’ the ornament on the card, I created a decorative piece at the top with the Say What Gift Tags die. I glued this directly behind the ornament, and behind that, I glued a circle of craft foam to add dimension.

The background panel I originally die cut the ornament from was looking quite blank as is. So I decided to stamp some snowflakes from Oh Penguin Tree on it with Yeti ink and VersaMark ink. I didn’t want to heat emboss the snowflakes, as I didn’t want the background to distract from the ornament itself.

The sentiment is from the Iconic Ornament set, which I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. I also put an additional layer of cardstock behind the sentiment to give it some dimension.

Then finally I tread the Pretty In Pink Sparkle cord through the top of the ornament, and adhered the ornament to my card.

I hope you like these cards, and it gave you inspiration. Thank you for stopping by and see you next time!

Supplies Used

Click here for the list of supplies directly at Cloud9 Crafts.

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