Aghhh! It’s December already! Which means it’s time to panic about getting Christmas cards made in time! Every year I do this to myself. I swear I am going to start making some in June so I have lots ready by the end of the year, but do I ever do that? No, I do not. I guess I am just not in the mood in the middle of the year and want to do other things. And Christmas seems a long way off then too.
But, here we are in December and so the card making frenzy must begin. I’m not feeling particularly inspired at the moment, and I don’t have a lot of free time, so I wanted to create something that would look cute and effective, but also be fairly quick and simple. I like reindeers – they make me smile and their overall shape and design is fairly easy to replicate. You can’t mistake what they’re supposed to be once you have those antlers on!
So, I present to you Christmas card design (for 2017) number one! These came together really quite quickly, although they are a bit fiddly (gluing on those antlers – aggh! There’s no surface area to put glue without it squishing out the sides so I had to use teeny tiny dabs) and I nearly went insane looking for the right buttons to use for their snozzes. Turns out I don’t have many red buttons in my collection…
Using the mottled/patterned papers gave the reindeers an almost printed quality, which I kind liked. It made them more “organic” than if I had just used a plain coloured paper or card. I just cut the head and ears out from the paper, free hand. The antlers are actually made with a branch-design paper punch (which is rapidly becoming blunt now – this makes me very sad). I drew in the little eyes and stamped one of two sentiments underneath. I actually bought a stamp set on the weekend that had “Oh Deer” on it (as part of a Christmas theme) and I thought that was cute, but I didn’t like the font and size. So I used another set of stamps (a really nice alphabet set I also bought that day) to make up the words myself. I like how it turned out 🙂
So, ten cards down and about fifty to go… I will be making up another design now – I soon get bored of doing the same one over and over. I should probably try and do something more Australian – a Christmas koala perhaps? A platypus pudding? Hmm, I will have to work on that I think!
Thanks for dropping by – hope your festive season is shaping up to be a happy one 🙂