Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Now I’ve got a set of cards to share with you… these three all started with a sentiment!

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

When you’re next delving into your scrapbooking supplies to make some festive cards, choose the sentiments first, and they will help you choose the papers and embellishments to match!

Here’s how my cards came together…

Step 1: I pulled three different types of sentiments from my stash – a few sheets of stickers (Simple Stories DIY Christmas), a few ephemera greetings (Fancy Pants Oh Deer), and a stamp set (Echo Park Designer Stamps ‘Christmas Sentiments’):

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: I grabbed three card blanks, and checked which sentiments would fit nicely on each one, thinking about which sentiment from each ‘type’ I was drawn to, eg the ‘Be Merry’ ephemera piece was calling to me:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: I pulled off the sentiments which I wanted to use, and planned where they were going to go on my cards. Word of warning – I powdered the back of the ‘Happy Holidays’ sticker so I could move it around, but don’t do that – it made it way too fiddly to stick down! You could just cut around the sticker, leaving it one the backing, if you want to work out where to place it:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: I chose some 6×6 papers from a couple of Christmas pads (Pink Paislee Merry & Bright, and Fancy Pants Oh Deer). To help decide which papers to use, I looked at the colours of the sentiment for the two cards on the left, and for the stamp I thought about the font, decided it looked elegant, and found gold and lacy papers to match that feel:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: I cut the 6×6 papers to size, and cut some white paper to mat the sentiments onto. I also stamped the ‘Season’s Greetings’ sentiment and gold heat-embossed it, and inked all the edges of all the papers with a gold ink pad:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: I stuck the papers and sentiments onto the card blanks before even thinking about embellishments. Then I went through my stash to see what matched… The ‘Be Merry’ card was easy as I mostly used more ephemera from the same pack, for the elegant card I simply looked for gold items, and the ‘Happy Holidays’ card has a traditional feel with red and green, inspired by the flowery paper:

Start With A Sentiment Christmas Cards by Jennifer Grace Creates

They came together pretty fast but all have a different feel. I will certainly be using this technique again!

Be Inspired:

Start your next project by choosing the sentiment (or title) first

Make 3 items – one elegant, one traditional, one bold

Stick the papers down before you think about embellishments

Thanks for stopping by, check back in an hour for the next piece of inspiration!

Jennifer x

  • I’ve never thought of staring with a sentiment, shall have to give it a go 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm
  • Anita

    These are fab. Love the idea of starting with the sentiment, looking forward to having a play!

    November 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  • Jean Bullock

    Lovely cards. I especially like the one with the golden bow. Well done.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love this idea…I usually start with papers!! Will give it a go staring with a sentiment!!

    November 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm
  • This is an interesting way of doing it….I may try it.

    November 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm
  • I’ve just finished my Christmas cards for this year! YIPPEE I do like the idea of starting with a sentiment first & have some that would work for layout titles. I almost always stick the papers down before starting on the embellishments, so I’ve got that one covered!

    November 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm
  • kae

    This was extremely helpful. Thanks so much for the tips.

    November 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm
  • Lovely cards, Jennifer, and great idea to keep me from getting stuck in a rut! 🙂

    November 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm
  • I usually pick items first. Will have to select a few sentiments now x

    November 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm
  • I did this today! I have wanted to use a song that makes me think of the summer (ie it was my fave summer song of 2014) and I managed to do it today thanks for the inspiration…. will add it to the linky later…fab idea! xxx

    November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  • Great cards and I love to see your process of putting them together.

    November 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm
  • OH!!!! What a great idea to pick the sentiments first! I would never have thought to do that! Feeling inspired to see what happens now! I’m off on a mission!

    November 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm
  • Wonderful idea! This seems so simple, and yet the sentiment is often the *last* thing I choose. Love the different looks on each of these wonderful cards. I am definitely going to try this idea!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm
  • karenladd

    This is one of my favorite type of card designs lately…showcasing the sentiment. I’ve managed to collect some wonderful stamp sentiments with fun fonts and that, along with die cuts, often inspire the entire card for me!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:41 am
  • Awesome cards!

    November 9, 2014 at 6:51 am
  • Love the gold card 🙂

    November 9, 2014 at 11:51 am
  • Really good tip!

    November 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm
  • Sue D

    Very festive and great advice to start with the sentiment.

    November 11, 2014 at 1:47 am
  • Julene

    I’ve made a modern Christmas card starting with a new stamp.

    November 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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