This year, I wanted to make 35 cards. I usually find a few sketches that are easy to reproduce in large quantities. It's not always always easy to come up with a great sketch that uses the supplies I have. I did come up with a few ideas this year, which turned out great.
1. Cari Fennell's cards
I took a cardmaking class with the amazing Cari Fennell from Prima a few weeks ago. She showed us how to use a non-holiday paper collection to make beautiful Christmas cards. She also mentioned that one of them could be easily mass produced. I was totally inspired and, after making a few modifications so I could use my scraps and avoid making bows, I made about 15 of these beauties. Loved working with Prima's wonderful Tea Stain Color Bloom too.
|The middle card is from Cari Fennell's class. Thank you Cari!|
Maile Belles from Simply Stamped created a wonderful Christmas tree motif made out of buttons. I really loved this design and adapted it so I could use the supplies I have on hand. I made 7 cards based on Maile Belles' design. So cute!
|I may not have any buttons left in my stash....|
I found a great card by an unknown artist with a simple vertical band design. It also included a large snowflake and lots of twine. Unfortunately, I didn't have the die cut for the snowflake so I improvised and added a few snowflakes, buttons instead of ribbon and different papers from my stash. Really easy to make and customize a bit. I made about 10 cards like this one.
|For the middle card I mixed two different sprays -- Tea Stain Color Bloom and Tinsel Color Shine -- to create a pewter colour. I like how masculine it looks.|
I was amazed by all of the cards by Scrapperia, but I was drawn to one card because of the drips, dew drops, twine, stitching and pop of red. I made three cards for three people that I *hope* will appreciate the artistic touches to this card.
|Faux stitching and I are not friends (obviously).|
Kelly over at Kelly's Craftin Corner made these super cute shopping bags for her card. It looked so cool so I thought I'd try my hand at it. Surprisingly easy to make! I made two cards like this one.
Glue covered fingers and papers, ink stains everywhere, more than a few brow wipes, and a messy dining room table just added to the experience of creating 35 cards that I'm very happy with. My kids got super excited about these cards because they get that I love to create and that I love to give something I've made. I hope these cards are loved as much I loved making them!
Happy holiday crafting!
|The stamping isn't perfect. The glue is weeping on my tissue paper. The twine doesn't look great. But sooooo cute!|
Happy holiday crafting!