Really Reasonable Reason challenge (#35, Christmas) and the current challenge at Paper Cupcakes' There's Magic in the Air blog (Something sweet).
Since I knew I was doing a Christmas card, I didn't want the news article to be about Greek debt or anything depressing, so I went through the newspaper looking for a block of newsprint that was both solid type and about a reasonably pleasant subject, just in case the recipient is like me and starts to read the background. (If it's in print, I will try to read it). I really hoped I could find something Christmasy, but settled for a food section article on growing water chestnuts.
I DPT'd the newsprint with Creamy Caramel ink to make it look aged and so the gingerbread strip would pop.
Gingerbread border stamp is from DRS. I stamped it in Colorbox Chalk lipstick red, and colored the gingerbread men with colored pencils, dotting in a little green marker on their bowties. Candy cane is from a bag of metal embellies from Michael's, purchased a few years ago.
What do you think of the newspaper background? The solid block of type works well when you want the background just to be background, as I did here. I would like to try different elements from the paper (ad pages, classifieds, etc) to see how they look on cards. Yet another thing to remember when I'm making cards....