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!