Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holly Days: Cards 2010

Now that Christmas is over and all of the mailed cards should have made their way to their rightful owners, I can post about my 2010 Christmas cards!

I had the idea to take a few of my holiday movies and immortalize some of the best quotes to make the cards. Starting with a google search, I saved some higher quality photos from A Christmas Story, Elf and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Simply pasting them into a word doc, I formatted to the appropriate size for my card stock.  I printed on photo paper and used some new color ink that had just been purchased for my printer to try to get these as high quality as possible without going pro.
I printed off two copies for each card because I like to do a layering technique that allows part of the card to stand out. You can sort of see how I used double sided foam stickies here to make Poor Flick even more prominent.
Even though I didn't have to use stickers and stamps, all of the cutting, gluing (using lots and lots of glue dots) and finding the right quotes took a good chunk of time. Red, green and blue paper backgrounds added another layer and leaving some white border around the print outs give them an even more apparent photo quality. I made at least two cards of each design, ending up with about twenty good ones to send out.
Here's a few close ups - I used direct quotes for the front of the cards, my own greeting inside with some snowflake sticker flair.
I had been searching for a way to personalize each card I make with a "homemade" seal of approval. I picked up this "With Love" stamp in the $1 bin at Michael's. Being very careful as this was going on the backs of finished cards (I only messed up one with not enough ink), I stamped away and added a little "made by lydia" above it.
So there we have it: Cards 2010! Already thinking ahead to next year's options. . .

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

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