Buffalo Check Christmas Cards – Plaid Pattern Ideas

Don’t let this holiday season go by without making some Buffalo Check Christmas Cards! So now you might be wondering, what in the world is Buffalo Check?  (Don’t worry…I had to look it up too!) Haha! It’s basically a term used to describe a large plaid checkered pattern typically created with two different colors like the red and black plaid on this adorable little snowman card. I had no idea that it was called Buffalo Check but I knew that this pattern has been around for a long time.

Buffalo Check Christmas Cards – Traditional Pattern

Spirited Snowman - Buffalo Check

Plaid is one of my favorite patterns for creating Christmas cards so I was immediately drawn to the Buffalo Check stamp from Stampin’ Up! The fun thing about this large background stamp is that you can create all sorts of plaid color combinations! Although I am going to be showcasing some Buffalo Check Christmas cards today, this fun background stamp can be used to create cards for any occasion especially masculine themed cards!

For these Christmas cards, I used the traditional red and black Buffalo Check pattern. Oh, and I also used the adorable little Spirited Snowmen stamp set. I mean how adorable are these little cards? It just gives me the warm and fuzzies!

Red and Black Buffalo Check

The red, black and green color combination just has Christmas and winter written all over it!  The cards are very easy to create. Start with a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the base of your cards. Cut a 5-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock, ink up the Buffalo Check image with black ink, stamp the image on the Real Red cardstock and, voila, you have a red and black checkered plaid pattern!  Now cut the plaid pattern piece in half (on the 4 inch side) so that you have two pieces that measure 5-1/4 x 2 inches. Now you are ready to make the two snowmen cards featured above!

Simply tear some 5-1/4 x 1-1/4 inch pieces of Mossy Meadow (or other green) cardstock and layer them, as shown, to create one or both of the cards. The snowman is stamped on a large oval cut from the Stitched Shapes framelit set and colored in with Stampin’ Blends. You can also use regular markers to color in the snowman. Then embellish as desired.

Buffalo Check Christmas Cards – Create Your Own Pattern

Create Your Own Buffalo Check Pattern

There are so many fun plaid color patterns you can create with the Buffalo Check stamp!  The possibilities really are endless! But don’t just limit yourself to stamping the Buffalo Check image.  You can create a whole new plaid look by using your markers!  For this next project, I stamped the Buffalo Check image on a piece of 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock with Balmy Blue ink. Once the image was stamped, I used the dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend marker to drawn thin lines in between the checks on the cardstock. Pretty, cool hey?

Buffalo Check Christmas Cards - Spirited Snowman

Don’t you just love the look of the light and dark blues together? This card is just as simple to create as the other two. Once you stamp the Buffalo Check and draw in your marker lines, cut the piece in half (on the 5-1/4 inch side). Take a 5-/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock and emboss the top with the Softly Falling embossing folder. It gives the impression of falling snow. Adhere one of the pieces of the blue buffalo check pattern to the bottom of the card. Stamp the snowman on a large stitched oval and color it in with the blue Stampin’ Blends. Then embellish as desired.

Snowmen just make my heart melt, how about you? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear what you thought of today’s projects. Have fun getting creative!

Lynn

 

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