Mass produced Christmas cards 2017

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This is my last post on Christmas cards this year – I’m officially finished with 2017 Christmas cards production, yay!

For this series of cards I used my never-ending Christmas patterned paper from We Are Memory Keepers. It’s a 12×12 paper set and I had it for some 7 years now and it looks like it will last me another 7 :).

To prepare the cards’ backgrounds I cut stripes of patterned paper of varied widths and adhered them next to each other on a sheet of regular printer paper. After trimming the edges I cut the sheet in 6 equal parts. I rounded the corners of each part and added a strip of vellum, twine and heat embossed sentiment. Finally I adhered the entire piece to the card base using dimensional adhesive.

Initially I thought left side of the card looks a bit empty so I added thin stripes of gold metallic paper there. In the end though I decided to leave that side alone to draw more attention to the main piece.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Handmade Christmas card with patterned paper, vellum and twine

Handmade Christmas card with patterned paper, vellum and twine 2

Handmade Christmas card with patterned paper, vellum and twine 3

Handmade Christmas card with patterned paper, vellum and twine 4

Christmas cards with watercolour and heat embossing

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I have some more Christmas cards for you today. For this series of cards I wanted to use watercolours so I came up with a simple design that doesn’t demand master painting skills.

I draw a lot of same size triangles with embossing pen on a watercolour paper and also draw zig-zaggy line inside each triangle so that they look more like Christmas trees. I then heat embossed everything with gold embossing powder and coloured the triangles with watercolour paints.  After the paint dried I cut the triangles out. I tried a couple of different backgrounds for them. Some of the ‘trees’ I adhered directly to the card base, for others I used some patterned paper. I’m still not sure which one is my favourite!

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing.

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing 2

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing 3

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing 4

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing 5

Handmade Christmas card using watercolours and heat embossing 6

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Fun Christmas card with a kitty cat

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I have another Christmas card for you today. I’m sticking by my decision of working with my old supplies this year and so this card was made using my old trusty stamp sets. The cat comes from the See’d’s Christmas Pets set and the sentiment from Wplus9’s Heartfelt Holidays.

First I stamped the cat and masked it off. Using another, circle mask I created the round image with Distress Inks. After removing both masks I coloured in the cat using Stabilo fineliners and red Stickles on cat’s hat and scarf. Then I stamped the sentiment, added some ‘stars’ with white gel pen and adhered sequins to add some dimension.

Handmade Christmas card with a cat

 

Two Christmas cards

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This year I started with Christmas cards quite early, trying to settle on design for mass production. I haven’t found that one perfect design yet but I have two cards that I made in the process.

For the first one I took kraft base and used gold ink, dabbing it over a stencil to create the background. Then I added splotches of whit acrylic paint. I used pieces of patterned paper and vellum as a background for sentiment stamp and finished the card with some stars, rhinestones and natural twine.
Handmade Christmas card with twine and rhinestones 1

Handmade Christmas card with twine and rhinestones 2

Second card is a bit more patterned paper heavy. I cut out 3 narrow strips of paper and rounded their corners before adhering them to the kraft card base. I used a shiny deer from my ancient Christmas supplies stash and a ribbon of similarly unknown origin.

Handmade Christmas card with deer and ribbon 1

Handmade Christmas card with deer and ribbon 2

Christmas 2016 cards for mass production

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It’s week till Christmas and I’m here with my 2016 Christmas cards which, as usual, are quick and easy to mass produce once you gather all your supplies.

I had an idea for this years cards in my head for ages: I thought I’d hand draw a contour of Christmas tree and fill it with watercolour but all my prototypes looked embarrassingly bad. I didn’t have time and/or patience to try make it look better and in the meantime I bought some snowflake stamps at Tiger for 2£ or so (I promised myself not to buy any new supplies this year but one can not leave Tiger shop empty handed, right?) and I decided to make something else.

Cheap snowflake stamps from Tiger

Snowflake stamp set

I still wanted to do some watercolouring so I thought a simple watercolour background won’t hurt (and even I can’t mess that up!). I used my favourite Kuretake Gansai Tambi to paint a dark background. When it dried I stamped snowflake images with pearlescent white paint from Ranger. I wasn’t very precise and careful, I wanted them to look a little imperfect. I glued on couple of sequins for a bit of bling. I stamped sentiment, attached it to the background with 3-D foam and added twine for a more christmassy look. Then mounted everything on the card base using more foam. And there you go! I made 24 cards in one evening. Not bad, huh?

Merry Christmas y’all!

Handmade Christmas card with watercolours and snowflake stamping

Handmade Christmas card with watercolours and snowflake stamping1

Christmas cards 2015

Hey! Long time no see!

I just finished making Christmas cards for an upcoming holiday. Better late than never, huh? So this years’ cards aren’t exactly super fast to make as they require couple of steps in preparation; if you however prepare all elements in batches the work goes quite fast.

As you see, all my cards feature an origami star. While it takes time to fold them I found the process amazingly calming and satisfying and, in the end, that is what papercraft is all about, right? So I was happily folding away my stars while watching TV but couldn’t decide on a background for them so I have couple of different ones there: patterned paper, distress ink circle, distress ink rectangle and watercolour. In the end I settled on watercolour because, again, I enjoyed doing that the most and I liked the the look too. So majority of my cards have watercolour background but I’m showing you here all kinds I attempted.

My process was as follows:

1. Fold the stars. I followed this tutorial. Super easy.

2. Paint rectangle-ish shape on a card base with watercolours and let it dry.

3. Add splotches of white pearlescent paint to the background (and let it dry).

4. Stamp the sentiment on stripes of paper. I distressed edges on some of them but in the end I preferred the simple look so I just left them white.

5. Attach a star to the card base, embellish with glitter glue / dry clear rock candy glitter / clear Wink of Stella pen. Here also I liked the simplest effect the most and I end up using Wink of Stella on most of the stars. Add pearl / brad /rhinestone to the centre. Add sequins to the background.

6. Attach sentiment with on 3-D mount.

Voila!

Handmade Christmas card with distress ink background and origami star

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress in background 2

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and patterned paper

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 4

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and distress ink background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 3

Handmade Christmas card with origami star and watercolour background 2

And here are all of them:

Handmade Christmas cards with origami star and watercolour background 2