Christmas Cards

I think that all but two have been delivered by now, so it is safe to show you the cards I made for us to send out this year.

I started with two photos I took this fall, of our asparagus plants with nice red berries.  A and I did not agree on which one to use for the card, so I did half with one and half with the other.

#1

asparagus 3

#2

asparagus 8

Which one do you like better?

I printed the photos on a nice linen textured paper, at a size of about 3.75 by 5 (inches) rounded the corners with a punch, and then got to work with my beloved Cricut, cutting out a huge pile of “Peace on Earth” in red, at about two inches.  That’s Cricut inches, which seem to bear no relation to any other measurement known to woman.

Cricut

Next, I spritzed them with Tattered Angels shimmer spray, in a gold color, and then highlighted the “on” with smooch moonlight ink.

peace in a box

with and without smooch

Yes, sometimes I get bogged down in the details, but doesn’t the bottom one look better than the top one?

The last bit of shine I added was to highlight the dew drops with a Sakura silver star pen.

I attached the Peace on Earth to the photo (it is hard to take photos that show sparkle – does anyone have tips on this, in the dark of winter?)

almost done, no flash

almost done auto correct and flash

Then, attached the whole to a card made of soft gray textured cardstock

scan card 2

(This is a scan made with the fancy new printer) Card made with photo number 1.

card 1

(This is a photo) Card made with the photo number 2.

Have you changed your mind about which photo makes a better card?

hallmark 2014

The last little bit, to stamp the back with the hallmark.  I love this little angel stamp.

These were quite simple to make, and went quickly – and not a speck of glitter, so no long dry time!  A procrastinating crafter’s dream.  🙂

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6 thoughts on “Christmas Cards”

  1. I loved the “quite simple to make”. No, really they are not. You do fantastic work with your cards that the average person (like me) can’t do. I loved both pictures; both were perfect. Have you thought of selling your card work? It really is all so beautiful and artistic.

    1. thank you! I have thought about it, and might do something someday, but it drives me nuts when, like knitting, I see such under priced products out there. Why should a handmade card be dollars cheaper than a store bought card? they should at least be the same. So until I find the right market… 🙂

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