It's Christmas in July here on the blog. Thanks for indulging my trip down memory-lane. We'll pick up now at year 2001 (Year 2000's card did not include stamping--gasp!). Please use the search feature to find the others in the series.
2001's design didn't incorporate much stamping. I wanted to try dry embossing, and after mulling over dozens--possibly hundreds--of plates, settled on this angel design. I layered it with mulberry paper, added an embossed holly motif, and out they went. No fuss, no muss it seems, but I remember having awfully sore hands when all was said and done. I didn't have a die cutter/embossing machine at the time, so all of the cards were embossed by hand with a small stylus tool and a brass plate. I think my fingers just cramped up at the memory!
2002's card still makes me smile. Snowmen always seem so cheery!
To make this card, I cut four rectangles and stamped/colored different snowmen onto three of them. All four were glued down using a cardboard template I made to keep everything aligned. On the blank rectangle, I attached two buttons to suggest another snowman.
A square punch made a quick window in the front of the card. On the inside, I mounted the greeting on foam tape so that it would pop through the window. Inside the card (not shown) a similar square of paper was used to display the message, "...and a Happy New Year."
Our family grew to include our first baby boy in July of that year.
For this card I made numerous prototypes, then approached the job in assembly line fashion. I eked out time for the process every chance I could in the weeks before Christmas. I couldn't wait to finish another card. Punching out the windows was the final step and that really seemed to make the card come alive with light and shadow.
Stamps Used: Stamp Of Excellence (shepherds, sheep, star), TheStampinPlace (holy family). The stable was hand carved by me.