I’ve been telling myself for months that I’m going to take a page from the awesome “Blog that Spike Built” and start making Christmas cards early this year. http://spikescreativeside.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/easy-peasy-christmas-cards-63-many-merry-christmas/. She is totally cool and a major inspiration- from her Drunken Stampers stuff to her Art Journal pages to this here “Easy-Peasy Christmas Card Pinterest Board” http://pinterest.com/spikescreative/easy-peasy-christmas-cards/.
And I finally did!!! Here are my first 2:
And they were totally “Easy Peasy”. I made a Christmas tree stencil with a piece of heavy paper and then used a stamp I made out of an eraser with 4 circles. I stamped a bunch of circles in different colors to fill in the template. For red and green one, I used a Season’s Greetings rub-in and for the multi-colored one I used a “Joy” stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The colors for the “Joy” one are actually from the Stampotique Designers Challenge this month: purple, orange, and yellow. http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/08/sdc111-color-challenge.html I love the color combo!
My favorite part is the “star” at the top of the tree, which I did with my boy’s borrowed pinky finger. I used a Sharpie to put a little starburst in it.
I felt like I’m on a roll, so I made a few more today. I’m actually not really thrilled with the first 2, but the last one totally floats my boat:
I got my first Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stamping the Moon yesterday and it was like opening a treasure chest! http://stampingthemoon.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/paper-pumpkin-limited-time-offer/ It came with a little stamp pad, an acrylic block (which I’ve wanted for forever), a bunch of charcoal gray cards and yellow-polkadotted papers that fit, envelopes, a sheet of flag and accent stickers, and 2 stamps. There were instructions on how to make a sample card, but I hate following instructions so I pretty much did my own thing. For the top one, I used a Stampsmith “H” stamp (which I love) with the new acrylic block and then stamped the rest of the letters to spell “Happy Holidays”. I kind of blew it with the snowflake stamp using a bingo dauber. Oh well, can’t win ’em all. The Christmas tree one is the innards of the stencil I used in the first batch of cards. I used another Bingo dauber to stamp around it. Then I used a couple gift stamps, which I colored with my handy dandy Sharpies, a star stamp (that I made with an eraser), and a “Happy Holidays” stamp that came with the above-mentioned snowflake. Like I said, those aren’t my favorite. This one, however, is:
I don’t know why I like this one so much, but I do. I made the Gingerbread Man stamp with one of my boy’s old erasers. It had a Buzz Lightyear sticker on it, so it was kind of shaped like a man, and I just carved this little guy. Here’s my first test page with him:
Then, I stamped the circles with the circle eraser stamp that I had used previously to fill in the Christmas tree. I traced the little guy and drew swirls in the circles and then, just because, I stamped a similar swirl in the corner. I wrote the little phrase on the card and Voila!
I’m going to submit the second batch, that one in particular, to the this month’s Stampotique Designers Challenge: Polka Dots. http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/08/sdc112-polka-dots.html
I originally made the first one for their color challenge but you can only submit one and I really like that one best. “Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man.” 🙂 Christmas, here I come!