My Mom asked me to make Christmas cards for her and Dad to send out this year. Which is great, except she never gave me any ideas on what they wanted or how many or by when. So I thought it was one of those "oh yeah, it'd be nice" sort of things where you're not really serious, you're just being nice. So when she asked me if her cards were done (right before Thanksgiving), I kinda freaked! But of course I got them done!
I used a style very similar to the one I had made for myself several years ago. Different papers and a little simpler, but the idea was the same, so it was easy to pull them together. I made 30 for Mom and Dad and I have a few left over, so if you'd like one, you can head over to my Etsy site and get one for yourself!
As I've said before, one of my favorite projects of the year is making my Christmas cards for friends and family. In the past, I've worked mainly with patterned paper and some simple stamping. Last year (2013), I branched out and did some coloring. This year (2014), I feel like I've gone off the deep end, but I love how they turned out!
I didn't use any patterned paper at all! I did heat embossing. I've been experimenting with heat embossing for a few months and I like it! I was inspired by Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire. They do a lot of stamping and embossing and I've been obsessed with their YouTube videos lately.
I browsed Pinterest (of course!), watched videos, and experimented with several colors and designs till I came up with my prototype!
I embossed a piece of kraft cardstock with white embossing powder using a Hero Arts stamp I got at Michaels and rounded the corners. Then I said them all out and put some Stickles in the middle of the snowflakes for a pop of color.
After the base element was done, I heat embossed a greeting with red tinsel embossing powder onto a white flag and adhered that to the snowflake base with some foam adhesive. Then I adhered the whole thing to a piece of heavy-weight white cardstock for the base of my card (and I got a new crop-o-dile to round the corners!).
A quick stamped greeting inside and they were ready to go!
I made 60 cards this year, but I ended up only sending about 45, so I have some extras for sale in my Etsy shop! If you'd like one or some of these cards for a loved one, go grab them up!
It was challenging to do such a large project with such new materials, but I had a lot of fun and I feel very comfortable with embossing powder now. Though I have yet to figure out a good way to get it off my craft room floor...
Any suggestions? :-)
Blogs I read:
Bits & Pieces
Jennifer McGuire Ink
I Could Make That