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Wednesday’s Card: Holiday Photo Card, Design #1

Holiday Photo Card

Holiday Photo Card

Hi All!

As you’ve heard me talk about before, I start planning my holiday cards WAY in advance. Usually by mid-August, I’m starting to think about it. And by September I’m working on a prototype.

Oh my, if you could have seen my prototype this year. It was the coolest card. A waterfall Christmas tree that flipped through four different photos when you pulled the trunk. The problem? First, it had hundreds of pieces. Okay, maybe not hundreds but it sure did feel like it. When I started creating the first for-real version, it was a ridiculous amount of work just to cut all the elements. The second problem… FOUR photos. I can’t even get one good photo I like! Sadly, I decided I just didn’t want to spend the time and effort on such a complicated card. My girls are still young, so I would rather spend that time with them. Maybe in a few years I’ll revisit that card.

As much as it hurt me (yes hurt me) to start over after so much thought and effort, I was glad I did. I ended up creating two new designs that were relatively simple and fun. Today I’m showing you the first one. I’ll be making 20 of these cards. I’ll show you the other one next week, which I will also make 20 of. I’m excited about having two separate designs – I think it will break up the monotony a bit.

I like the whimsical look of this card – it reminds me of Dr. Seuss and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The main stamp set I used was Ellen Hutson’s Christmas Scribbles. All the little stamps in this set are so adorable. I added some shimmer and glossy accents to them – here are a couple of close-ups:

Holiday Photo Card

Holiday Photo Card

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy the video and I’ll see you next week for photo card #2!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: BG11, BG45, BG49, R22, R27, R29, G7, G14, YG41, Y11, Y15, Y17, C1

Christmas Scribbles
Christmas Scribbles
Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright
Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas
SSS Sketchy Banners
SSS Sketchy Banners
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
Holiday Sayings
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Washi Tape
Washi Tape
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink
Dandelion Ink
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Uniball Gold Gel Pen
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
White Big Brush Pen
White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 9:39 am


    That is such a cute card! I love those little ornaments hanging down on the card. Your girls are gorgeous!

  2. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am


    Wonderful photo card design, love the whimsical look!

  3. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Anita Holmes

    Love the card, your girls get more beautiful each year! Looking forward to the second one next week!

  4. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 10:05 am


    Wow, an awesome Christmas card! The picture is adorable of the girls and perfect for the card. Like the washi tape idea also.

  5. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card! I love it!

  6. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Casey Thrush

    Love it! All the little details really add up.

  7. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 10:52 am


    You got new cutter plates?! 🙂 I love this – very Dr. Seuss like you said. The design is fun and, like you said, it doesn’t look too difficult to replicate even with the details! Your girls are adorable! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Hope S

    Very lovely card. Those stamps are too cute!!

  9. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 1:46 pm


    I really like this card! I love how you measure everything and are so precise 😉 it really makes a clean and simple look!!! your girls are getting so big, such a huge difference from last years card 🙂 I can’t wait for next week’s card..

  10. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Evelyn B

    Darlene, Really like your card, the design is great, fun, and delightful.

  11. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Carol B

    So love your picture card this year. Your girls are growing into beautiful young ladies. Can’t wait to see your second card I as this one is awesome.

  12. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 2:06 pm


    I love that little touch of whimsey the doodle ornaments and hand drawing adds. You are so clever!

  13. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    I love this stamp set with the ornaments, they are so beautiful but, the best ornament is the one with your girls Darlene, how sweet and lovely and beautiful they are!!! WOW!! You are going to make 20 of this, looks simple but knowing how precise you are with your measurements and details, I think you need to start now, (or did you start already?)
    Wonderful card, can’t wait till you show us the other design you are creating.
    Thank you for sharing:)

  14. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 3:21 pm


    I follow your blog regularly, but seldom leave a comment. I just had to tell you your girls are beautiful, and the card you designed does their photo justice. I just finished my 100th Christmas card, and I also use at least 2 designs that are simple to do in stacks. I usually start in August using one of the previous year’s design for the first half (for those who didn’t get it last year, of course) and then use a new design for the second half on my list. Then I sign them and address the envelopes on Black Friday, thereby avoiding the crowds at the mall. (I do my mall shopping on Cyber Monday.). Thanks for all your wonderful videos!

  15. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Carol Held

    Simply Beautiful Darlene! I love CHRISTmas, and Home Made Cards to share the love of creating them for LOVED ONES! My your girls are all grown up! Smiles…thanks for your inspiration!

  16. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sharie W

    Love your Family Christmas Card.. awesome creation.. cant wait to see the other card..

  17. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Cynthia Patti

    Lovely! I’d still like to see the waterfall one for kicks:-)

  18. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Jamie Vanskiver

    I absolutely love card! This design is fabulous! You are amazing! I love the colors you chose and the sweet “ornament” picture of your girls! Awesome card:)

  19. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 6:34 pm


    love! love! love!

  20. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 7:16 pm


    Super cute and beautiful girls!

  21. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 8:04 pm


    I love the card! Would you consider posting pictures of the complicated card you chose not to use, just so we can see it? You’ve aroused my curiosity.

  22. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 9:11 pm


    I love your card…what a cute idea. Can’t wait to see your next card.

  23. wrote on November 5th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Judy G

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. wrote on November 6th, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Darlyne Wagner

    Gee, Darlene, great card, great creativity and great tips. You always make it look so quick and simple but really , I know designing great cards is not easy. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  25. wrote on November 6th, 2014 at 1:50 am


    Hi Darlene, this card is just adorable, I love it!

  26. wrote on November 7th, 2014 at 5:03 pm


    G’day Darlene, goodness know how long I’ve been watching your lovely vid’s for but I must say I still enjoy them immensely…… wonderful christmas card – look forward to seeing your other design next week. x

  27. wrote on November 9th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Pam K.

    I love how you used washi tape on this card…great idea (less bulk than paper and less expensive than paper, too)!

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. wrote on November 10th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Mary Ann Huntington

    My goodness, you are so awesome. I always enjoy your Christmas cards each year, especially enjoy seeing how much your girls have grown. I love the whimsical look of this years card.

  29. wrote on November 11th, 2014 at 6:11 am


    I always enjoy your talent, thanks again for a wonderful card idea.

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