Every year at Christmas, there is one thing I fail miserably at…making my own Christmas cards. But, you say, raising an eyebrow quizzically and looking confused, you make LOADS of cards every year! Ah yes, I reply, but not for myself to give away. I sell the cards I make and always leave myself with none. So I have to resort to shop-bought cards (ew!) or hastily cobbled together handmade ones that are a bit, well, crappy, because I’ve run out of time and energy. Also, because I am very unorganised and always running behind schedule, it is almost Easter by the time I actually get around to making cards and sending them to people so sometimes I just give up all together.
This year I was determined to make some cards for family and friends and co-workers. I had zero time in which to do anything but really wanted to give out handmade ones. So, I had a bright spark of inspiration one night and came up with these simple-to-make cards that I was able to finish quickly and whilst sitting on the couch (that part is very important!).
I started by taking photos of Christmassy objects around the house; I focused on things I had made myself or that Mum had made for me. I also used some other “props” such as pearl beads or Xmas baubles, arranged prettily in bowls or whatever was handy. I used some Instagram filters to make them look suitably arty (and to hide my bad photography skills ha ha) and then printed the pictures out in a size suitable for using on a card.
I glued them to card stock and cute them out, edging them with a black marker. I stamped Christmas sentiments on a plain folded card and then attached the photos in the centre with mounting tape. Easy! They are simple and effective and would work equally well for other occasions (with different subject matter for the pictures).
I wish I had taken more photos of them to show the finished product…but as it was already coming up for Christmas Eve, I didn’t have time (in other words, I forgot…).
A simple project that didn’t take much time or energy and made use of things I had around the house. I’m going to make some birthday cards next, so I always have a stash ready to go.
Hope your New Year is going well so far. Back to work tomorrow for me – ugh! I am so not ready. But it will be good to see my workmates and catch up on gossip. That’s what we go to work for, right?