Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Christmas Cards

Christmas Time is Full of Cheer:
This Christmas, I am happy to report that I got my cards made and sent out in time. Now that the recipients have these in their hot little hands, I can share the my cards with you. 
Christmas 2011
I actually made these in January about a year ago since I know what it is like in December with all the activities, shopping and merry making that happens during a condensed period. I looked through the Two Peas gallery  for inspiration and I liked the style with four quadrants, but by now, I can't remember who to give credit to, sorry. 

The Process:
All I remember about making these was that there was a lot of cutting and inking. The card base is a standard 4.25 x 5.5", which I like to use since I have clear envelopes that I mail these in. I cut out rectangles in coordinating patterned papers in 1.75 x 2.25" and I printed a photo in the same size. I also hand drew and cut out the holly leaves. All the pieces were inked in white. I dug out my stamping equipment and stamped a sentiment on one of the rectangles, and heat embossed for some texture. I drew in some stitching lines. I don't like to sew on cards since I don't know if people keep them, so I only sew on  layouts as a general rule. I used some liquid pearl dimensional paint to outline the leaves. Lastly I glued everything together and added a 3D embellishment in the center. I used different flowers, layered stickers or buttons so each card came out slightly different. By the time I remembered to take photos, I only had two cards left. 

Some variations
I wanted to save one to scrap but I ended up giving out all my cards. Each year I tell myself that I have to make more for next year. I save all the handmade cards and photo cards that I receive. I usually make a layout with a pocket to house them so they will be stored in my 2011 photo album. I feel so bad throwing away cards. Here is a pocket layout I made for birthday cards I received last year. The pictures show just the layout and then with some cards inside.

 Inside the Christmas card, I used some digital scrapbooking elements to create a mini page so this is 2D even though it looks like it has brads and a tag.

Inside Sentiment
I hope you had a merry and meaningful Christmas and I wish you the best in the upcoming new year. 

Take care,


Becky said...

Great idea for how to save cards. I need to think of something. Happy New Year to you and Kevin and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

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