Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Cards for Girl Scouts

Every year the Girl Scouts do a Festival of Giving. Each service unit is assigned a charity to donate gifts to. This year ours was Mirror, Inc, an addiction rehab outfit. The usual things were on the list, toiletries mostly, but we decided to make Christmas cards as well, so the inpatients can send someone a Christmas card if they want to. I designed these 4 cards to be fairly simple and easy to mail, hence the abundance of baker's twine (from Divine Twine), which I've always resisted buying before. All the CS is SU, as is the DP (retired years ago, it was called Dashing. I loved it so much I bought two packs and hoarded it. Finally I used it!) All the components were pre-cut.

The first card uses PTI's Stocking Prints set. I die cut enough stockings for 12 cards (that's 36 times through the big shot, if anyone wants to know, plus a few extras). I also embossed the pieces so I wouldn't have to lug my big shot along. Of course the girls had never worked with clear stamps before so that was a challenge.

This next card I thought would be fun for them, since it uses Holiday Sampler, a long-retired stamp set that has LOTS of cute little stamps and lets you do some 2-step stamping. I figured they would get a kick out of choosing their own images and they did. There were lots of interesting variations on my design!

This card very nearly turned into a fiasco as I had them use Tombow Mono Multi, a liquid glue. I only had 3 tape runner-type Mono's, and they went to the other three tables. Plus I found it easy to glue the strings down with just a drop of glue. 9-11 year old girls don't get the concept of "less is more" when it comes to glue! The set is Delightful Decorations, and is still in the SU catty (I know, what a surprise!).

This last card uses City of David, an oldie but a goodie. One of the other leaders had been to an estate sale where she picked up a whole box of rice paper, which she gave to me. So I decided to use it on this card. Card base is PTI's white as it is very sturdy. Blue layer is Ballet Blue and the images are stamped with Night of Navy. I decided not to mess with eyelets on the girls' cards, so we just punched holes and tied the silver cord through. These turned out the best of the four designs for the most part.

Well, I hope these cards bring some holiday joy to the inpatients at Mirror Inc. Thanks for looking!


Jen A said...

Your Christmas cards a fabulous! That stocking set from PTI is one of my favorites! Love the look of the rice paper on the last one! Very cool!

Angela said...

Darling Christmas the twine!

Chris said...

these are amazing!! i am currently using that su pp too...i am almost out. lol i am going to case your stockings card, but i don't have the dies...i hope they aren't too hard to cut out...

you want to come out and help me make cards for the shelter? i could sue some new talent.

Trish and Treasure said...

Great collection of Christmas cards, they are terrific!
Trish Munro