Winter Card Set and Set of Freebies

Here in Beautiful CNY we have lots of deer, open field and Pine trees.  Right now, 5 days BEFORE thanksgiving we also have LOTS of snow.  I started these a couple weeks ago while it was still green out.  While waiting for  my green ribbon to arrive to finish them, the snow also came and "winter greetings" seems appropriate right now!    

I made this set to have a design on hand for thinking of you and masculine birthday cards.
 Here is one of the cards, keep reading for the process and the digital set:

I had picked up a winter themed stack from Michaels  - this stack was $7.00.  Making hundreds of cards means I really have to think about the cost of materials, but  I never want to sacrifice the quality of a card for quantity. I want the card to feel good as well as look good!

I printed my images on water color paper- this gives them a letterpress /engraving kind of look, perfect for these vintage-y looking images.  To color you could use pencil, chalk or alcohol marker.  for these cards, I just went with the B+W. 
 I lined each panel with 65# Black paper.  I stock up on black paper once a year when it goes on sale for 5/$10.00 also at Michaels.  I like a very dark brown also.  The dark brown I cannot find retail so I purchase that at The Paper Mill Store for $22.50 per 250 ream.  I am not affiliated with this store, just wanted to share the value.  These dark colors really create a dramatic frame, A rest stop for your eyes - helping them to focus on the image. 

Here is the batch:

I had some "snow" I added to the trees and while you can't see it in the photos, it looks really pretty on the cards.  This snow is not glitter, I purchased it in the floral section and it is about $6.00 a pound.

And now for your card making, here is the digital set. Right click and save

I left this one blank so that you can enter your own sentiment or verse!

I hope you enjoy these and are able to use them in your card making!  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M


Esther Asbury said…
What a lovely set of cards you've made with these deer freebies! I love the warm, dark colors you used!
Patti J said…
Thank you for sharing! Your cards are beautiful! I make about 175, so I need easy and quick, too!
Cynthia said…
Great set of cards, Ginny! Thanks for the freebie... it is very versatile.

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