Christmas Card - Kimono Patchwork (of Hope) | @craftsybyrd

I wanted to create a budget savvy or thrifty Christmas card -- something that is simple and costs a little but still special and emits a  "Merry Christmas" greeting. | @craftsybyrd

So, I dug up remnants of Holiday themed cardstock and used a kimono die cut by Spellbinders to create a sort of patchwork design. When I looked at the finished card, it reminded me of patchwork blankets usually created to share hope and unity. I'm sure you can have fun with this idea for any occasion just by looking at your own stock of papers and die cuts.

The only material I purchased to create this Christmas card is a 24-pack of embossed card with gold snowflakes on the cover and blank inside. It cost me less than $2 after it was marked down and a coupon applied -- frugal indeed!

I folded it inside out and wrote my greetings on the pre-decorated side. I then assembled and adhered the kimono and its background on the now blank front side. The scalloped border die is from Lawn Fawn.

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On a personal note, 2022 has been a financially challenging year for me due to illnesses throughout the year, almost homeless at one point after being laid off, and then there's the ongoing inflation. It has been a year of constant struggle and I'm sure it's happening to many during these times of political strife and Covid in the world. I pray that we all persevere and that the spirit of the season remains in our hearts, to remind us that light shines brightest in the darkest hour.