It’s Never Too Early

If I don’t get started on my Christmas cards now, I will never get them finished.  They aren’t even that fancy.  If I were a normal person I would find a design, buy the materials for it, and then mass produce everything.  Yeah, I am not normal.  That would be much too efficient.  No, I almost always make every card unique.  (Full disclosure:  I want to use the supplies that I have.  Since I don’t buy multiples of papers, I can’t make cards in batches.)

So far I have made five cards.  My goal this year was to use my stamps because I am a notorious stamp collector.   Those beautiful stamps sit on the shelf collecting dust for years.  I chose two cards that feature stamped images.  I think both can be reproduced using different papers.

The tree card makes me happy.  I like the little banners sticking out the side.  I also like that the tree is so easy to cut out!  (Thank you Unity Stamp Company.)  Rounded edges are a nightmare for my unsteady hands.  Yay for straight lines!  I think I will go through my scraps and use this design a few more times.  The one problem I had was the sentiment.  I was trying to find something that would show up on the navy and white patterned paper.  I thought the tinsel embossing powder was my best bet.  I was wrong.  Silver would probably have been a better choice.

The season’s tweetings card was really a bit different for me.  I am not used to coloring images.  It just isn’t my thing.  So I did my best with some water color pencils.  I colored one set and then used a water pen to help blend the colors.  That didn’t work out well.  The black ink smeared and the colors ran into each other.  I may need to use a different type of stamping ink.  So I did this second set like I would with regular colored pencils.  Though simple, I liked it much better.

Then came the adventure of using the little dies to cut everything without having to use scissors.  I really didn’t think things through when I stamped the images.  They were all so close together that I couldn’t cut everything out at once.  Nope.  I had to run it through for each piece.  I also struggled a bit with die placement.  You can’t see exactly where you are cutting, so you have to do a bit of hoping for the best.  I will be far better prepared the next time I use those cute Freckled Fawn stamp and die sets.

At this point I am done with winter scrapping.  It’s time to move onto some new themes!

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