2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway

Hi again! This will be my last post from the road. Yay! As you are reading this, I’m spending my last day abroad and plan to head back to cold Minnesota tomorrow. I know I haven’t kept up with my trip overseas as quickly as I would have liked, but I did take lots of pictures and plan to share them with you. A mix of a very busy Kristy and a few not so friendly wi-fi spots combined into making blog editing hard to do while on the road. But, I’ll be home soon and won’t have to worrry about those problems! Well, the latter at least, maybe not the former.

With that aside, let’s get on to the final Silhouette Challenge for the year! There are some very exciting things in todays post. Our theme for this month was Winter Holidays. Earl and I have a yearly tradition that we make our own Christmas cards, so I decided to have a bit more silhouette fun with ours this year. Let’s dive right in!

Oh yes! And don’t forget to stick around till the very end for a little giveaway action around here. I can’t wait till you see what we’ve got together for you!

Our card this year is a postcard style flat card, and I found yet another use for one of my favorite silhouette materials: adhesive craft paper! Let’s dig into the project.


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Silhouette adhesive craft paper (1 sheet makes 2 cards)
5×7 heavy cardstock (You can cut your own, I bought mine from Papersource)
Various markers
Silhouette shape #17944 (or another appropriate label shape)
Christmas typography image from the Graphics Fairy

You’ll also need a printer and your Silhouette

Step 1: Prepare and Print your Silhouette file

Ok, first we need to set everything up in Studio. I downloaded the label shape I wanted and re-sized it to 4″ by 6″. Then I imported the .jpeg from the graphics fairy, sized it appropriately, and centered it in the label shape using the alignment tool. With that all set, I grouped everything by selecting it and hitting ctrl+g and copied it so I would have 2 copies on the page. Finally, I made sure that the registration marks were on and doubled their width. I find that this sometimes helps when registering with print and cut.


Once I had everything set up the way I liked it, I went ahead and printed it.


Step 2: Color

Ok, honesty time. This was my favorite part of the project. I picked out a few of my colored markers and went to town coloring. Here is where you get to have a bit of fun choosing your colors and maybe even mixing it up between cards if you’re making a bunch, like I did.


Step 3: Cut

You could probably switch step 2 and step 3, but I colored first and cut second. For some tips on using print and cut with the cameo, check out my Silhouette FAQ. With V3 of the software, I’ve been having more trouble getting the registration to see the marks. So far, what works best is lots of natural light. I just move my cutting machine to the room with the most light and nearest to the window, and that helps a ton.


Step 4: Assemble

Since the kraft paper has an adhesive back, this is just a matter of sticking the craft paper onto the card base. That’s it! You’re done!


But wait, you didn’t think that’s all I’d send with one of my handmade Christmas cards, did you? Nope! Not at all. There’s also a bit of a surprise on the front. But… you’ll have to wait for next week to find out what!

Oh, you don’t want to wait? Ok, fine, how about a sneak preview? Come back next Monday to find out how I made the front, and what the whole thing looks like!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

1. Pineapples and Pinecones // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Architecture of a Mom // 4. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 5. Two Purple Couches // 6. Chicken Scratch NY // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. One Dog Woof // 9. Ginger Snap Crafts // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body // 13. weekend craft // 14. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Living My Given Life // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. The Kim Six Fix // 19. Home At Eight // 20. Queen of Everything // 21. Tried & True // 22. McCall Manor // 23. unOriginal Mom // 24. Create it. Go! // 25. From Wine to Whine // 26. GetSilvered // 27. It’s Always Ruetten // 28. Nearly Handmade // 29. Mama Sonshine // 30. Silhouette School // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Create & Babble // 33. Sowdering About // 34. Where The Smiles Have Been // 35. My Favorite Finds // 36. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 37. Designed Decor

Silhouette Giveaway!

And I’ve saved the best for last. My Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners! The prizes up for grabs?

First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle! $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit! $219.98 value.

Pretty sweet, huh? We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list.

To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link. Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power. So, hurry up and enter!

{This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.}


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Ok, I think that’s plenty for today. I should have some more travel posts up for you soon, and don’t forget to stop by next Monday to find out more about the front of our cards! Thanks for coming!

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5 Responses to 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway

  1. I really love the Graphics Fairy images you chose and how you embellished them with added color. So unique! And you definitely have me intrigued with that front of the card sneak peek. Something very retro fabulous is going on there. Also…mad props to you for working so far in advance on this that you could participate from Europe. I bow down to you and your time management skills. So glad you joined us for our December Challenge and Giveaway. Thanks for adding your creativity into the mix!
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