Saturday, December 5, 2009

Last Christmas - Making Cards

I don’t think I save any money by making my own Christmas cards due to my affinity for stickers and rubber stamps. Isn't make it more fun to send homemade cards??

In the first photo, you might think I was keeping things simple by buying postcards one year instead of cards that open up. Well, it was actually just another case of me not reading the label, opening the package and realizing I bought one-sided cards. I cut out blue paper to resemble the sky and the background of the card acted as snowbanks. Different sizes of 3D snowflake stickers and a snowflake stamp on white ink took care of the rest.

I have horrible handwriting so I try to buy phrase stamps and stickers when I come across good ones. After trying to figure out what to do with this one-page sheet of holiday words that were a bit too small to use for the main greeting in the cards, I instead drew outlines of a tree, gingerbread man, snowman, santa hat, etc, and filled the inside with the words that matched the object. The outline of a present got phrases like "shop til you drop", "naughty and nice" and "handmade" while the tree in this picture contains, “ornaments", "garland" and "twinkling."

Another year, I tweaked the lyrics to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and set scenes around the fractured poem. This included,  “Not a creature was stirring, not even Modest Mouse", “But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to Lucille Ball and to Lucille Ball a good night!” and “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Jack Nicholson soon would be there.” It was hard to beat a crazy looking Jack Nicholson peeking into a window.  I also looked at some other famous rhymes and included cards with, “From now on, we won't let Rudolph Giuliani join in any reindeer games” and “’God bless us every one!’ said Tiny Tim Robbins.”

A box of vintage postcards made card-making extremely simple last year. I glued one to the front of a blank card and used 3D stickers to highlight certain parts of the postcard.

Insides of cards are where I use the aforementioned phrase stamps. I like to start with a small stamp in the background and overlap with the greeting in a darker color.

At some point in your life I am sure you folded a piece of paper in half and made a cut out of a Christmas tree. This next card employs the same practice, but uses the outline instead of the tree itself. Place it where you want on the card and sponge green stamp pad ink onto the outline. The red gifts under this tree are just a blocky small red stamp pad pressed onto the card. You can see from this sample card that the ink can get everywhere if you aren't careful!

As much as I would like to share what I am cooking up for this year’s cards, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for those who will be seeing them in their mailboxes shortly. (Did that make it sound like I already had them finished and mailed? Certainly not the case!)

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