This post is going to be picture-heavy simply because, as they (whoever "they" is) say, a picture speaks a thousand words. I'll sprinkle in some information as I go, and if I leave any questions unanswered I hope you'll leave a comment or email me.
Let's start at the beginning, the fronts of the fully assembled cards:
(click photos to see them enlarged)
I made two almost identical cards; the main difference is that one of the cards has candy dots on the trees in addition to the stamped ornaments, so it looks a little more detailed. I'm a novice at alcohol markers, but I got brave and decided to use my Spectrum Noir pens to color the stamped images.
Closer view of one of the cards:
Looking from the sides:
The stamp set I used exclusively is Christmas Cats from Simon Says Stamp, and I was grateful I invested in the coordinating dies. I chose this set because I needed images that I could glue back to back so they'd be seen on both sides of the hills - and the cats and the trees fit the bill.
Here's what the card looks like right out of the envelope (and yes, it does fit in a standard A2 envelope):
The recipient tucks in the two tabs to make the card bend, hence "bendy" card. (I've also seen this style referred to as a "bendi" card, but I think that is the East Indian version. ;) ) I haven't decided whether to label the tabs A and B or trust that whoever gets the card will figure it out, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Here's how the tabs curl:
When the right flap is open, here's what you see:
The tricky part of this card was shaping the hills so they'd begin and end in the right place. I think this is why most bendy cards I've seen have either straight or angled sides. Once I masterminded the shapes (okay, so it wasn't THAT hard, lol), I added shading and Dazzling Diamonds glitter along the top edges and the snowbanks. In real life they really are dazzling!
Close-up of the glitter-embossed sentiment:
This turned out to be a time-consuming project for me, probably because of all the little details I put into it, but I'd say it was totally worth the effort!
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Coming up next: Some Stamp of Approval cards
Followed by: Birthday cards for two awesome young men
Joyce Spear a.k.a. Stamper Joyce