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September 30, 2008

Photo Finish Holiday Card Challenge

Oct1_ptichal_do1_2 Do you enclose photos in your Christmas cards? So many of us do that this month Nichole tossed out a challenge for PaperTrey designers to create a holiday card incorporating a photograph.  My first challenge was finding a picture that I liked.

My Christmas pictures need serious help! I take the obligatory pictures of the family opening gifts, but I have to confess that they are generally ill-lit and poorly composed. (Have you ever seen a photogenic recliner, or great looking piles of gift wrap?) They document that we were there, and that's about it. 

Then I remembered some sweet pictures that I had taken for a church Christmas program almost two years ago. The program was my all-time favorite I think. All of the kids met at a local farm dressed in their pageant costumes and posed for pictures. Besides having all of the elements of cuteness--kids, animals, dress-up, and smiles--it took a lot of pressure out of the actual Christmas program. All of the work was done by someone on a computer, and we parents got to sit there and enjoy it that night rather than stressing over whether our child would be the one to trip someone with a shepherd's staff. . . So, now you know what my picture is--my son, on that snowy afternoon a.k.a Joseph.

Oct1_ptichal_do2 In looking for an interesting way to showcase the picture, I remembered having made a stand-up card a couple of years ago as a stamping workshop project.  More recently, my stamping friend Mary Jo Albright wrote a fabulous tutorial on Stand Up Cards for a SplitCoastStamper's newsletter. I thought that this would be a great way to showcase a favorite photograph--thanks, MJ, for such a well-done tutorial!

For the envelope, I used a snowflake punch to punch Eclipse Masking paper, then laid the snowflake mask down on my envelope and airbrushed a tan color reminiscent of Kraft cardstock (E43), before stamping the sentiment in Pure Poppy. It took less than a minute, but really helps tie the card in with the envelope. Finished size of the card, excluding the ribbon at the top, is 5-1/4" x 4-1/4"--slightly shorter than normal. You could go 1/4" taller if you needed to do so. I went a bit wider with my bookmark than MJ's instructions showed because I wanted the photo as large as possible.

Products Used
Stamps: Believe, Rustic Snowflakes (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate, and Spring Moss (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, New Canvas Palette (PTI), Adirondack Latte
Accessories: Stitched Pure Poppy Grosgrain (PTI), large copper brad that I dipped into vanilla embossing powder after heating it to get a large vanilla brad, Stardust Stickles, Making Memories Antique Copper jumbo brad
Tools:  Spellbinders Double Ended Tags die and Classic Plain and Scalloped circle dies; sewing machine, Marvy snowflake punch, Copic Airbrush System and E43 marker, masking paper

Be sure to check out what these other players came up with! : Lisa Johnson, Lauren Meader, Heather  NicholsMish Wooderson, and Becky OehlersNichole might even play too. If I find out that anyone else is playing, I'll come back and add a link. Have a great day!


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This is such a great project! Love your son's Joseph costume! He would fit in nicely in Morocco!

Debbie, this is such a classic look. I love the mechanics of the card and yours is just so darn pretty!

Great photo of your son. I love the card. It would be such fun to receive a card like this. Great idea.

Debbie, what a great idea for a card! Very, very nice!


such a fantastic idea for Christmas card, really beautiful :)

This is just darling!!! Love the stand up card, tho I have yet to try one I'd surely like to!!! Love your photo as well - oh, how it reminds me of our boys -- I have sewn a great number of those costumes for our church over the years -- big ones and little ones -- and they all look JUST like this one!!! TFS!

Great project!!

You are friggin amazing! Seriously! Does your brain EVER shut off with the creativity? This is sooooooooo awesome! LOVE it!!!!

Thank you for that link! I've been searching for directions for this pop up card for quite a while!

This is fabulous! What a great idea to display a photo Christmas card! I love the tag top and ribbon slider sentiment!!

This is so adorable!! Love how you stamped and decorated the holder and your son looks so fabulous in his Joseph outfit! Great project!!

This is a wonderful idea! Very, very pretty tag card and what a cutie your son is :) !

OMGosh....this is gorgeous! I LOVE your creativity. Heck, I love everything you do! I'm going to check out the tutorial you referred to.

BTW....what is wrapped around the ribbon on the tag? I enlarged the photo, but couldn't really tell what you did there.

Fabulous card - great idea. I was going to include two pictures this year, so this motivates me to rethink the presentation. Thanks so much -LOVE the blog.

Wow, another beauty! I don't know how you have such great ideas, day after day! This is just wonderful :D

This is so neat, Debbie! I love the idea of making a pop up with a photo! Such a great idea!

Oh, I love this...thanks for the inspiration as I now know what my holiday cards will be this year!

THis came out great! I think its a fabulous photo too!!

I made one of these stand alone pop up cards when it was highlighted on SCS but never thought to use it for a picture ! so clever and perfect for a holiday card! thanks for sharing this great idea Debbie!!

How awesome is this! That is the perfect christmas card, and great photo too.

Wow this is simply a wonderful idea - thanks so much! BTW it looks great too : )

Oh, what a wonderful and clever card! I just made a mockup of my Christmas card using the great tutorial!

Thanks Debbie and Mary Jo!

what a great idea, no fabulous idea!! I will have to check out that tutorial!! thanks for pointing it out! :)

What a great idea for a stand up card! Lovely work and I love your details.

What a great idea this is! And I love that you didn't forget the envelope...really nice touches here.

Tag! You're it! (you've been tagged)

Wow, what a great project. I've got to share that I LOVE the envelope that I can see sitting under the card/holder! Your attention to the WHOLE package never fails to amaze me Debbie!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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