Do you mail out Christmas Cards? My sister was telling me how many she has going out. Forty or more just in Canada, then there are some going to the UK, Australia and the US. I thought she may have to take out a second mortgage just to get them all sent!
I do love to receive cards but find that over the years and too many moves to count, we have lost track of friends over the years. I still send out a few, those determined to keep track of us!
Handmade cards are still my favourite to send. They can be expensive and a bit of a pain to mail however. Canada Post likes to stuff your envelopes through this tiny slot to see if it “measures up”. And that is the trick with handmade cards. All those lovey embellishments that stick up or poke out just don’t make the tiny slot and you end up paying more for each envelope.
Here is a bright wintery card that will definitely make the grade this year. What do you think?
The stamped image is on watercolour paper. I like to use watercolour paper because of the quality and the ability to wet it without having the paper curl on you. This does not have to be expensive paper. You can buy a relatively cheap paper from almost any department store, or wait until Michael’s has a coupon. I buy the Canson cold press pad. It is 140lb, acid free.
Next I scored the a sheet into rectangles 3.5×4.5 This was just enough to print one image, the Christmas Tree. I got six trees from one sheet of 9×12 paper.
Using a juicy ink, my white is hardly ever used so was perfect, I stamped the tree in the center of a couple of the rectangles. Because I was going to emboss the trees, I only did two at a time.
With all the trees done in silver embossing, I was ready for the colour. You can use petty much anything to add colour. I used my Acrylic paints as they were bright and intense. If you like a softer look, watercolour or pencil crayons would work. For more intense the copic pens would be great as well. But, as you know, I love to splash paint around and so used my Acrylics.
The paint exceeded all my expectations. I loved the look and how the colours blended into one another, without rolling out over the edges of the embossed tree. While the last two were wet, I tried to sprinkle over some silver glitter. Ha! Glitter Dump! It was fun.
The background was from my stash. I cut them 4×5.25, smaller than my 4.25×5.5 cards but larger than the rectangle trees. The edges are just run over with some matching ink.
There are no embellishments of any kind, but the embossing power and the brilliant colours make the tree stand out. I love them.
Do you send out cards? Bought or handmade?