I started by stamping the lovely bird tree onto Crafty Individuals Satin card with Distress inks (Festive Berries, Barn Door and Aged Mahogany) and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I matted it on an inky red piece of watercolour paper and sewed around it. I originally planned to place something red under the torn linen, but it gave the fabric a pink glare so I cut white paper, drew around it with an embossing pen and heat embossed with Strawberry Crush embossing glitter from WOW. I wanted the matting to give some extra stripes besides the tree itself, so I sewed over the fabric with the same red thread used on the previous layer.
As for mail art... I wanted to try the black-and-white colour combination with the Santa theme, so I stamped Vintage Santa with black ink, masked him with washi tape and stamped over with the ledger stamp and Barn Door DI. I also wanted something in common with the card, so I went around the edges with the Barn Door inkpad and added more Strawberry Crush. Some red smudges, but I don't think anyone who receives this will mind. Besides my cards for this year are already done and sent, this might well end up waiting until next December!