Friday, 3 December 2010

Christmas Cards


I love to make my own Christmas cards, and have done for the last few years. I remember the first couple of times I did it nearly every card was different, and that made it fun for me! The next couple of times, nearly all the cards were the same basic design, and that made it manageable....


This year (shh! Don't tell!) I've hardly made any cards yet. I did a couple of designs with my papercrafts class, so I've got my samples from those techniques; other than that, I rattled off a couple of cards this morning just so I could have some examples for this page!


I plan to spend some time this weekend making a big batch of cards, sticking to two basic designs this year. The very simple one involves punching a Christmas tree shape from the corner of the base card and sticking some green paper inside so it shows through. I can vary that up by using different scraps of green paper! The one in the example is a leftover scrap of a serendipity technique I tried with bits of tissue paper.


The slightly more complicated one uses a glitter paste and a nativity stencil; I won't make so many of these, but it'll be nice to have a few for close family and friends. This technique looks really effective on dark cardstock, then mounted onto silver card before being placed on the base card.

For my page, I photographed the two samples I'd made and printed off the photo on some plain white cardstock to make miniature versions. The photos don't show all the dimension and detail, but they give an idea of the design. As with last year, though, I may do today's journaling inside one of the actual cards - it's such a lovely way to keep a record of this year's cards!

Next week, I think I'll be spending a lot of time writing Christmas cards...... How are you getting on with yours?

19 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

All my cards are made....but today's prompt reminded me none of them are written in or posted....including those to go abroad....so that's a job for tomorrow....of course, actually getting to the post office at the moment......will be what DD1 calls 'a mission'.....which is why your book hasn't been posted yet....many apologies!!!

sharyncarlson said...

The stencil technique is very lovely. Good luck with your cards!

Sian said...

Ssh! Don't tell anyone but I can't make cards and definitely never try at Christmas. I just choose the nicest ones I can find and then spend time picking the right picture on the front for the right recipient!

Rachel B said...

I like your cards Mel, yet again I had good intentions but only managed to make about 5!

Anesha said...

Two very lovely card, love the elegance of the Christmas tree. Enjoy your card making. Hugs Anesha

Rhona said...

No home made cards this year and at the rate I'm going I'll be lucky to get any written. I'm feeling way behind with Christmas this year, still have presents to buy and at this stage don't even know what those presents will be. Must focus!! xx

Ruth said...

I've started on my cards today, all will be revealed in my DD post later. x

Maria Ontiveros said...

I ordered a bunch of photo cards this year with a family picture. I also am making a handful of handmade cards. I'd like to work on them this weekend if they arrive.
Haven't done my JYC page yet but will do it soon.
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

I got started early and have made about 40, but I haven't got enough. Both children's schools do fundraising printed cards designed by the kids s I'm waiting for my order of those. Have started writing but I can't post until I get children's school photos hopefully when they go back next week. Love your stencilled nativity

Ladkyis said...

My cousin and I have an unspoken competition every year. We try to be first to send each other a christmas card BUT we cannot post in November. At least that used to be the rule but this year she posted on the 27th Nov and I smugly waited until December 1st. I also managed to make all mine this year. The first time ever so I am feeling smug and excited this year

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I surrendered on the holiday card thing in 2008 when I found a stack of cards from 2006 that had never been mailed.

And they were purchased cards.

So I just don't anymore. I do miss getting them in return. but cards were always the most stressful part of the holiday for me.

jackie said...

all of your cards look fabulous.

The Creative Beast said...

Mel, you amaze me with all that you manage to get done! Your designs are always fabulous and you always have a great way with color and layout =-)

Scrappi Sandi said...

You are amazing...your creativity output knows no bounds!! I love what you've shared today!

Our tree & deccies go up tomorrow, I always like to sit by the lights of the tree to write my cards & letters to go in some! I don't make many cards these days, so I have eight packs of cards (10 in each!) & my address book all sitting on the coffee table ready to go!!

helena said...

love the christmas tree - simple, effective and uses up stash

I mostly send ecards these days, havent made the one for this year yet

Karen said...

Like Jacky, mine are made, but none are ready for the mail! Actually I have one ready for the post office tomorrow, but that has a long ways to go.

Miriam said...

No, I no longer make them. I am hoping mine are in the loft, I know I have some packs from last year but they are not in 'my Christmas craft box' where I thought they would be!! You are amazingly well organised Mel & I like the simple punched Christmas tree, right up my street. x

Deb said...

Mel, I love that you used canceled stamps on your JYC page. :o)

I am proud to say that my cards are done, and at least half are in the mail. This is SUPER early for me. Of course, nothing else is done, but my cards are. ha! xo

Michelle said...

Lovely page! And I'm sure you'll be able to make all the cards handmade this year! Kind regards from Poland!