OK - I kind of have a love/hate relationship with handmade Christmas cards. I LOVE the idea of sending my crafty friends (and my Mum and Dad!) a handmade card to show how much I appreciate them, the handmade touch really adds something special. I HATE (read here loathe with a burning passion) making to exact same thing, 20-30 or 40 times - over and over and over and over.
So when you have to make the same thing over and over and over - you don't want something that took 5 hours to make - you want unfussy, easy to post in the mail, clean and simple (CAS)! In an effort to create such a beast, I came up with this card and in person it proved to be elegant and eye catching!
What I used:
- Stampington & Co: Poinsettia M4731 stamp
- Paper Inspirations: Art Brush Holly stamp
- Pam Carriker: Script stamp
- Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist: Ethereal Emerald, Bucket o Blood Red and Mystic Malachite
- Lindy's Stamp Gang: Medieval Gold Glitz Spritz
- Windsor and Newton: Artist Quality Watercolor Pans
- Versafine stamp pad: Vintage Sepia
- Archival stamp pad: Jet Black
- Delicata stamp pad: Golden Glitz
- Glossy Accents
- Gold eyelets
What I did:
- Using several colours of Moonshadow Mist, spray smooth white card until covered completely and leave to dry.
- Trim card to size - I cut mine into a square shape measuring 11 x 11cm or 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 inch
- Using black in stamp Stampington Poinsettia in the centre of Moonshadow Mist covered card.
- Cut a mask from scrap paper, to protect Poinsettia image and than lay mask over image, once covered ink holly stamp with Versafine ink and stamp over card to create a very subtle pattern - leave mask in place and ink text stamp with gold Delicata ink and stamp across surface of card - remove mask at this point.
- Stamp Poinsettia onto HQ watercolor card card using Archival Jet Black ink and colour using watercolours and a water brush. Allow to dry.
- Using a light hand, spritz over coloured Poinsettia using Medieval Gold Glitz spritz and gently remove excess liquid with a paper towel.
- Trim poinsettia image close to the edges of outer line and using glossy accents, glue directly over stamped image on Moonshadow Mist card. I put mine under a book until dry to make sure it dried flat.
- Add a gold eyelet in each corner of card and layer onto HQ Watercolour card as base (this is wonderful and creamy, plus quite stiff so will keep the top layers from warping.
The key to keeping this simple is in just using as few layers as possible (in this card 3), in creating backgrounds and central images that are quick to finish and something to few to no embellishments - in this card I used the shimmer, glossy accents on the berries and the eyelets as the embellishments.
I hope this may give you some ideas for your next batch of 'production' line cards and maybe reduce the stress of creating 20-30-40 Christmas cards next yeaar.