Christmas Eve is just a day away, and while I’m sure many of you have all of your crafty projects done, if you’re anything like me, you just might be in need of some inspiration for quick projects that you can whip up before you leave or the company arrives! Today’s post features some elegant, yet simple Christmas cards that just might save the day for your holiday mental block! (If your projects are all done, then just sit back and enjoy these great cards!)

Sarah’s card is certainly Clean and Simple and has such a great elegance to it. The silver glitter mat adds a nice touch of sparkle.

Christmas Blessings by Sarah Gray

Christmas Blessings by Sarah Gray, image source Funky Fossil Design

This great card by Darnell is gorgeous in its simplicity! I really love how she offset the trees just slightly on the black background to give them a shadowed effect.

Blue Christmas Pines by Darnell Knauss

Blue Christmas Pines by Darnell Knauss, image source djkardkreations

This thank-you note by Maile has a great dimensional effect with the branches behind the sentiment and the enamel dots in the front. I could see a smaller version of this design making great place cards for your Christmas dinner!

Christmas Thank You by Maile Belles

Christmas Thank You by Maile Belles, image source simplystamped

All of the features of Mary’s card come together so nicely. I like the embossing folder she chose for the background and the button and bow on the tree. The card is so festive and not at all overwhelming.

Merry by Mary Fish

Merry by Mary Fish, image source Stampin’ Pretty

These tags by Virginia look so complicated; her use of different inks with the same stamp gave such a gorgeous dimensional effect! What a treat it would be to receive a package with one of these tags tags on it.

Evergreen Tags by Virginia Lu

Evergreen Tags by Virginia Lu, image source Yes, Virginia

Dawn’s Joy to the World card is so much fun. I love the Glimmer Paper that she used to create the letters that spell “Joy.” There are so many words that could be spelled easily with a simple alphabet die set to make up a quick (and beautiful!) card.

Joy to the World by Dawn Olchefske

Joy to the World by Dawn Olchefske, image source DOstamping with Dawn

Nancy’s beautiful card is so simple and striking. I absolutely LOVE the Nativity stamp and the way she featured it with Copics. I’m sure the coloring with Copics took quite a bit of time to do, but they really allow the stamp to stand out.

Christ is Born by Nancy Krueger

Christ is Born by Nancy Krueger, image source Happy Heart Studio

This bag and tag by Angie might help you wrap up that last little something. I like how she used patterned paper to dress up a bag, and made a tag to match. Everything coordinates so well!

Christmas Bag and Tag by Angie Kennedy Juda

Merry Christmas Bag by Angie Kennedy Juda, image source Chic ‘n Scratch

Thanks for stopping by today’s post. Hopefully these cards have inspired you to whip something gorgeous up before your holiday celebrations! Merry Christmas!

7 replies on “Trend Watch – Simply Elegant Christmas Crafting”

  1. Thank you so much for the shout out, Laurie! I am in the company of many of my favorite card artists and their works of art are phenomenal!! Happy Holidays!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. I have really started loving the simpler cards I have been seeing!! I think they are so elegant in their simplicity and am trying to start making more of them. I am not saying that bling and lots of goodies on a card are a bad thing but sometimes it is nice to let the image or sentiment be the sole star of the show! Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous examples of simply beautiful cards!

  3. I am really enjoying watching these trend postings…lots of new and interesting ideas. Love those tags in today’s post…still have time to make them before gifting begins. Thanks! Merry Christmas to all!

  4. I just Love reading this Trend Watch! I am keeping this Blog Posting and I will be using some of these Elegant Christmas Card Ideas for next Year’s Christmas Card stash (that I always start in January). I sent out 90+ Christmas, and/or Hannukah Cards, this year and I usually make 6 of each design so I can try different techniques and I don’t get bored. I also just Love the Christmas Tags, too. I will need to make a stash of those for next year, too. Thank you for the Ideas and Inspiration. Have a Joyous New Year!

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