Friday, October 31, 2014

Making Holiday Cards with Alphabet Stamps

Whenever you're stuck for inspiration, just create your own challenge. After spending a week showcasing cards with the thank you sentiments from a single set, I'm now setting my sights on making Christmas cards with alphabet stamps.

Here's my first effort, using an alphabet from Hero Arts and a sprig of holly from Clearly Besotted.

This color combo of traditional red and green with a little lime thrown in was inspired by a photo in a BH&G Christmas magazine.

My original intent with the holly was to put just two berries to make a trema (or umlaut) over the e. But I stamped the holly just a smidge too high, and it looked odd with the two the holly was floating above the letter rather than related to it. There was room for the third berry, though, so I added it. Design-wise, it's definitely better with the third berry, and who's going to be a stickler really? Many people fret when the trema is missing altogether, and others don't understand the fuss.

I'm implying a trema, and if that's not good enough for someone, I'll make sure not to send the card to him or her!

Feeling both inspired and sassy on this gloomy Friday morning.

stamps: Hero Arts, Clearly Besotted
ink: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey
accessories: red rhinestones


  1. Never knew Noel was supposed to even have an "umlaut",,,not sure I've ever seen it certainly wouldn't miss it! Your design looks perfect from here.

  2. Implied is definitely good enough! It's often left naked. This looks fabulous.

  3. Looking at it again, I see antlers on that e!!!! It makes me smile!

    1. So many times I wonder what it is like to look through your eyes! So in awe,,,,,,
      Lu C

  4. Beautiful Susan. Your cards are always so beautiful with all that white space. I love the two shades of green and pop of color with your gems.


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