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

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More Christmas cards

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Aaaaaand another set of Christmas cards. To make these I used mainly scraps: pieces of kraft paper, some leftover patterned paper in green and red and fragments of a doily. I added splotches of white and gold watercolour and a stitch to add some interest to the background. I’m not very good in even stitching with my tiny handheld sewing machine but I discovered that marking paper lightly with a pencil beforehand helps a lot. To finish I used sequins and stars.

Handmade christmas cards using kraft paper, doily and sequins.

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Merry & Bright

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Quick post with a quick card today.

To make this card all you need is a piece of nice christmassy patterned paper, a stamp with sentiment and some embellishments: twine, ribbon and wooden stars. Patterned paper is here the main focus point so there is no need for tons of decorations.  Enjoy!

Handmade Christmas Card

 

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Mass produced Christmas cards

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It’s this time of year again! Today I want to show you a design I have chosen for my mass produced Christmas cards this year. It may seem that it requires a lot of work but if you do everything in batches it goes really fast and I made a good bunch of them in  no time.

Handmade mass produced christmas cards My workflow looked like this:

1. Heath emboss bunch of images on vellum.

2. Cut out round windows in the cards.

3. Cut out round window in the patterned paper.

4. Stamp the sentiments sentiments and fold the ends of paper strips (you can skip this step).

5. Using adhesive, make a sandwich: card -> vellum -> patterned paper.

6. Adhere the sentiment on top.

7. Add sequins to embellish.

8. All done!

Handmade mass produced christmas cards 2

Handmade mass produced christmas cards 3

Handmade mass produced christmas cards 4

Handmade mass produced christmas cards 5

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