Well here we are at the end of March and I have finally managed to have some cards ready for Sandra's Rudolf Day. I missed the first one by a few hours and the next one by several days! For those who haven't come across Rudolf day before, the idea is simply to set aside the 25th of each month to make at least one Christmas card. So I was determined to make one this month and I decided to make use of the Madonna and child cutting file that I was trying out a couple of weeks ago. The original cut was rather larger than I usually use, but I try not to waste anything so I hand cut a deep turquoise backing for it, and covered the front of the card and the strip under the cut shape with some pale blue Christmas paper that is on my computer - I'm not sure where it is from. I used a couple of strips of holographic stars to hide where I didn't make a very good job of gluing the backing paper on ! I liked the look of the cut out pieces that remained on the backing sheet so I also used these to make a second card by gluing them individually on to some deep, royal blue card. I layered this with some holographic silver paper and mounted it onto a white square card. A vertical peel-off greeting finished this one.
Both of these cards are usable but I wasn't all that pleased with them so next I made the cutting file a lot smaller so it would fit on a standard A6 card. I cut it from some holly-embossed white pearl card and again I used the cut out pieces by sticking them to a piece of grey-blue pearl card left over from the invitations I made for my son last month. I then made a new cutting file that fitted behind the left hand side of the cut card, and cut it in deep blue pearl paper. I glued this behind the image and added a matching strip of the paper to the left inside edge. A simple word stamp was all these needed to finish them, and a partial silver peel-off frame and simple greeting completed the pair to it. I did two each of these and I was much happier with them than the original pair. So I now have six cards for my Rudolf day contribution. You can see what other folk have made by following this link to Sandra's blog.