Welcome to Day 2 of the Holiday Countdown series for 2015!  It's Annie, and I wanted to share some tips for quickly creating last minute Christmas cards that look like they took forever to make.  I don't know about you, but I always seem to receive a card from someone who wasn't on my list from the year before and I have to scramble to get something together before Christmas passes by.  I count myself lucky to receive these unexpected pieces of happy mail in the digital age, so I always want to return the favor by sending something handmade.

Die-cutting always makes for quick cards...and these days dies are so intricate that they can make your cards look super classy too.  Add in a little foil, and your card instantly looks expensive and trendy!  Here I've cut a card layer from red foil cardstock, an ornate frame from gold foil cardstock, and a gorgeous sentiment from green foil cardstock.

If you want to add a stamped image to your card, choose a simple one that requires very little coloring or choose a quick coloring technique.  Watercolor can be really fast and loose, so I colored this small, simple image with water-based sparkle pens for super fast shading and tons of sparkle.

Dry embossing is one more way to add lots of interest to your card in very little time.  Here, I added a few embossed snowflakes to a panel made from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock.

To assemble my card, I adhered the white embossed panel to my red foil mat layer with tape runner and popped my other elements up on top with foam tabs.  I love how the foil cardstock really glams up my quick card!

Thanks for stopping by today...be sure to stop back on each day of the countdown for tons of holiday inspiration!

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