The arrival of November has set off a little Christmas alarm (jingle) bell in my head so the serious Christmas card-making has begun. No stress though, I have promised myself – no pressure, just enjoyment, or it’s not worth it. Last year I spent six weeks (six weeks!) hand-making over 40 Christmas cards, each one different, and I’m pretty sure most recipients probably didn’t even notice! The sickening thought of the New Year recycling of all my hard work made me realise I needed to lessen my investment i.e. get a grip. This week I made some lovely simple cards pretty quickly and most importantly enjoyed the crafting. That’s card therapy in a nutshell after all. I’ll share them another day as today I have an extra special Christmas card to share. I have made it with someone particular in mind and it does have a little more invested however no feedback required, it’s all about the creative process and the experience.
The main image is a LOTV purchase from last week – a sheet of pre-coloured ‘Mini Masterpieces‘ – another of my time-saving decisions (some are available through their Ebay outlet if you can’t get to Farsley). Although I love stamping and colouring, it is so very time-consuming, plus the better you get, people are less likely to recognise the effort that has gone into it and presume it’s a printed image anyway! I was inspired by Dawny P last week as she was talking about making your own card blanks so I thought I would – it’s a 7 inch square with 4 and a half inch folding triangle doors!
This is the closed card view, with an overlapping embossed LOTV sentiment, mounted on Spellbinders circle and stately circle die-cuts.
I created the flowers from plain Craftwork Cards die-cuts that I inked up with shades of blue and white and (clearly) went Stickle mad. The foliage is another Spellbinders die. Card Candi centres, nothing else will do!
Showing the ‘Merry Christmas’ paper inside. I will write the card on the back. Just need to make an envelope -or maybe the lazy way is to use an 8″ pre-made one…
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Off for a much needed haircut today. Main mission of the weekend – keep the boys happy indoors (I’m thinking arts and crafts!) whilst it’s raining and make a mad dash for the outdoors in every rain break! Saturday Night Dancing tonight freestyle in the ‘living lounge’ (pure mix of mummy and daddy expressed in our children).
Have yours is a good one,