I've finally knuckled down to making some Christmas cards. I don't know why it's such an effort to get started because I love making them, lol! Anyway, the other day Mr Postie brought me a stamp and stencil set called Holiday Birds by Dina Wakeley.... I love her scribbly birds and had to have them inspite of the fact I have oodles of Christmas stamps already!
I made a batch of 10 with this first simple design.
I made my card bases 15 x 15 cm and also cut squares 13 x 13 cm. I stamped the bird off the edge so it looks like he's peeking round a corner or in a window. There's a choice of 3 hats in this set and I stamped this one as though it's falling off and added the little lines to emphasise it. I then deliberately painted him very badly with watered down Distress Inks.
Next I stencilled the snowflakes (from the stencil in the set, stamped the sentiment (from the same set) and finally gave his had some Stickles sparkle which you can see if you click on the pic. I edged the square with a metallic brush marker and stuck it to the card base.
My second design is made with a Woodware clear stamp that I bought at the Stampmagic show a month ago.
Basically, I used stuff that was out on my desk from another project. I stamped the trees onto a piece of vellum with White Versamagic ink and embossed with white ep and then drew in the ground with a white Pitt pen. I dry embossed some lines around the edges and also the baubles with a ball tool, glued the topper to a piece of dark blue pearl card just in the corners and placed some pearls on top to hide the glue.
I stamped the sentiment, which comes with the trees, onto the card base, adhered the topper to the card base and added some dark blue Stickles to some of the baubles.
So I've made a decent start on my Christmas cards and need to keep up the momentum this week and they'll be done in plenty of time except ..........then I have to write on them all, lol!
I hope you're all well on the way to getting your cards done and pressies bought. That's something else I've been putting off........
EDIT I forgot to mention that I'm linking my birdie card to A Monthly Challenge which is a new challenge set up by the lovely and very talented Paula just for the fun of entering ie no prizes or winners. There are hardly any rules, just a theme to kick start the creative juices and which this month is 'Take Flight'.