Monday, December 28, 2020

My First Christmas Card for the 2021 Season


Hi, Friends.....

I feel like I have been underwater for so long I almost forgot how to get crafty and make a blog post!!  But after Christmas I always have a surge of crafty heeeeeeeere I am with my first Christmas card for the 2021 season!!!  YAY!!!

Do you ever wish you could make use of some of that pretty wrapping paper tossed aside after gifts are opened?  At my house, it usually just gets burned after the festivities, but I always try to save some to make a few backgrounds for Christmas cards.  That's what I did for the card I am sharing today.  

I chose some rich red and gold tissue salvaged from the trash pile and decoupaged it onto some scrap card stock.  The decoupage medium gives a subtle texture from the foam brush strokes and stabilizes the paper so it doesn't tear.  I added a beautiful die cut made from scraps on a dry embossed background for added texture.  Some gleaming gold photo corners give a tailored and elegant finish to complete the card.

Supplies used include:
Creative Expressions - Festive Collection Joy 2 pc die set
Darice - Honeycomb embossing folder
Royal Coat - Satin Finish Decoupage Medium
Scrapbook Adhesives - Photo Corners in gold
Scraps of tissue gift wrap
Scraps of solid cardstock from stash
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain for edges of tissue panel
Fun Foam from Dollar Store for under the embossed panel


Hope you liked my card.  I made three of them just alike to get me going on my Christmas stash for 2021!!  Ho ho ho!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a restful time between the holidays this week.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Let's Squash It! Challenge #3 - Embossing Folder + Die Cut or Fussy Cutting






2. Christmas Kickstart Challenge #45 - AG Christmas Cards






3. Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #393 - Use Snippets
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #522 - AG Christmas
5. Crimbo Crackers Challenge #222 - AG Christmas
6. CARDZ-TV Challenge #130 - AG
7. Die Cut Divas Challenge #222 -- AG with a Die Cut or EF
8. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #470-472 - AG


  1. Okay, now I am thoroughly impressed! Three Christmas cards made for 2021, and it's not even January yet..whew. As for that pretty wrapping paper, and using it for cards...oh yes I do. In fact, I'm embarrassed to say that my granddaughters wave their bits of wrapping paper as they unwrap gifts and ask me if I want to save it. I turn down most of it, but I already have a stack of pretties for next years cards. I do, however, skip the tissue paper because I'm not patient enough to decoupage. Love the red and shiny gold..and that die is a beautiful focal point. Happy almost-2021!!

  2. Well done! Nothing like an early start... and it's so pretty.
    I thought of going through my Christmas box before I put it away ... one card using each stamp and/embossing folder.... just a thought as seeing the pile of cards all year just might, might, stop me buying more stash!!!

  3. Thanks for playing along at both challenges, Janis! Love your card - it's such a great antidote to the cold, grey weather we have here in the UK right now! Thanks also for you kind comments at CKC - I'm so blessed to be able to craft with my mom, Jo x

  4. Red and gold are perfect for Christmas! Great card, Janis.

  5. Oh, I save a lot of wrapping papers but never use them! LOL :D So thanks for your inspirational and motivational card! :) Great work with that tissue paper, it's just perfect behind the gold diecut sentiment!!

  6. Super card Janis, I love the rich colours. Great recycling of the Christmas paper. xx

  7. so nice card!
    Happy New Year! 🥳

  8. Wonderful rich colors. Contrats on your first 2021 Xmas card! So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  9. Wow! How organised are you and also wow! for the gorgeousness of your card! So luxurious looking too. Take care and stay safe xxx

  10. It's beautiful!! Thanks for playing along our December challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  11. Pretty and festive. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  12. Gorgeous card Janis - and I know that die you used :) Not used mine for ages and you've reminded me just how lovely it is. I LOVE your background piece you made as well. Gorgeous.


    Di xx

  13. Gorgeous card with that wrapping paper, Janis - love the bold red too!!


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