A must-see: Winter wonderland holiday card

handmade card

Our handmade holiday card inspiration continues with this magnificent creation by Rick V., Midwest Regional Manager for Paper Source. The corporate office was buzzing when this wonderful creation arrived.

Of course we had to find out more, so here is his story…

Having spent the past few years in the Pacific Northwest, the mountains, snow and beauty of the moonlight shining on the snowy trees was the initial inspiration. The snow and surroundings are amazing after a nice snowfall.

The card went through several rounds. At first it was going to be a pop up card, but I could not perfect it in time (will probably be included in my card next year). Then, the idea of cross sections of wood spurred this iteration, as did our Faux Bois stationery and rubber stamp. The layers of trees and forest animals completed the idea with additions added throughout the process.

I like to incorporate sensory into my cards, so I worked in a small electric tea light. Scent seemed like natural addition, so I also included a small sprig of incense to evoke the feeling of light reflecting throughout with the scent of the forest ever present.

The subtle variance in color of the eco white, luxe white and stardream quartz cover weight papers worked well in creating dimension and texture. It was only enhanced by our white glitter wrapping paper, unryu fine paper and inkjet vellum paper.

The Silhouette Machine was used to cut the layers. (To remember that I used to make cards cut by hand seems crazy now!) The components were assembled using super tacky tape, Zots of every size, and foam squares.

Diecut Project

The packaging consisted of a long white shipping box. I used our large circle labels for the addresses and a band of Silver Birds fine paper.

I have been making handmade holiday cards for 25 years, and the process evolves each year. It was sure a fun project — I hope it is as fun to view as it was to create.

–Rick
PS colors: chartreuse & moss
Latest fave: Custom Stamp Gift Box

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