18 September, 2013

Same but Different

Hello there
Kathy here this time with a couple of cards using the wonderful new Christmas downloads
  I know that a lot of people decide on a design for their Christmas cards and then set up a bit of a production line to make all they need.  I will never manage to do this, even if it would make my life easier - I've tried, but failed - I always have to tweak them a little bit, so rarely manage even two the same.
 I thought I'd have a go at making the same card, but using each of the two collections to give them a slightly different look - a little bit of a challenge for me, but interesting too.
I also wanted to use only leftovers from other projects rather than start printing off new ones.  I know what would happen then - I'd cut into the newly printed pieces and the scraps pile would simply grow bigger.  You know how it is!.  
The thing is, all those Christmas shapes; stockings, trees, gift boxes etc are brilliant for using up smaller pieces of paper so it's mad not to use them really.  I used a small tree die cut for these two cards, cutting three of each and backing them with a skinny triangle of card so they stand a little off the finished card.

I've used an embossing folder, and as I've been playing around with an "embossing resist" technique I thought I'd add that to my design too
So here you go, what do you think?

The first card is made with papers from the "Sleigh Ride" collection and is on a white card base.  The  second uses "Silent Night" and I've used a soft creamy coloured card for the base

I've used die cuts to make the trees for these cards, but if you prefer using digital images then
Funky Hand's Festive Digital Images to download can be found HERE

Materials and Tools
Embosiing folder
Tree Die
Silver and Gold Glitter card for stars
Star Punch
Scraps of ribbon to match 
While you're over at the Funky hand shop, why not check out all of the Christmas downloads - there are loads to choose from - and don't forget about the Papercraft Factory and the Original Funky Hand CD Roms which also have Christmas themed CDs in both types. And don't forget, once you have your CDs or Downloads you can print off as much as you need - for all your cards and maybe even making decorations, gift boxes, pages for Christmas Journals and other Christmassy projects too - you can make it all coordinate!

So, when you are thinking about getting started with your Christmas preparations, look no further than Funky Hand - it's all here!
We'd love to see what you make, so how about adding some images to the linky below so we can all see them.  You could also add them to the Funky Hand Facebook page.  If you are unsure of how to attach pictures, no problem send them on an email to contact@funkyhand(dot)com and we will put them up for you.

Happy Crafting



  1. Wow Kathy both these cards are fab! They look so different using the different papers though they have the same idea. Wonderful inspiration.
    Anice xx

  2. ooh they are stunning Kathy. I struggle with keeping 2 the same too, I am too much of an experimentor!!!!
    hugs Lou xxx

  3. Seriously fantastic Kathy! I have a very hard time systematically creating cards, I just can't do it! :D Love how different the two collections make the same card. I'm really loving the warm,cozy feel of Silent Night for this.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous dearie.Love them both.I must try a production line for my cards - not sure if it'll work.Hugs Debbie x


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