Merry Christmas! The first time I made my own Christmas card, I decided to roll snowmen out onto white card stock and color, color, and color. It took FOREVER and I finally got them out by President’s Day. I have learned a lot about mass producing Christmas Cards, since my first year and have found that less is more, simpler is faster and sparkle is always fun. Over the years, I have fluctuated from handmade and photo cards, always incorporating Stampin’ Up! into my creation. The last 2 years, I sent out photo cards as the holidays kept getting more and more frantic and I lived with someone who couldn’t take the mess that my creations often created.
My life turned upside down in July and suddenly, my family became my 2 beautiful girls and me. I decided it was time to get back to basics. Start being me again and have fun creating and sharing creating with all of you! This year’s Christmas card needed to be FABULOUS, fun, and happy. I wanted it to be girly, have some bling, and include a picture of the 3 of us. Elizabeth and Addison totally embraced this project and were very excited to get started.
I found inspiration from an online card company and decided that I wanted to use a photo that was taken by the very talented KC Burke Photography. I came up with a prototype and shared it online at StampNation. In case you have missed me talking about StampNation, it’s a fabulous online group of crafters who all share their love of creating and have become a great support system for me. The community is AMAZING.
Here is the first draft that I shared. The feedback was wonderful. They felt that the vellum hid the beautiful picture and that the “Joy” distracted from the photo. Adding some snowflakes was also suggested.
Here is the next version, based on a sketch inspired by the card by @jeanmanis in the Tags section of A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0. I switched the “joy” from melon mambo to night of navy as I thought it competed too much with the melon mambo strip down the side of the card. I liked this card, but felt it was too dark and heavy.
I finally settled on this card, the final version of this year’s Christmas card. I like how fresh and modern it is. There is no coloring, and everything was assembled in parts so mass producing was a breeze. The girls and I immediately set to work.
Elizabeth has been running my Big Shot since she was 2 years old and has become a pro at using embossing folders. As we have not handmade Christmas cards for a few years, this was a new adventure for Addison. I made 55 cards this year and thus had 110 pieces of card stock to emboss. We found that we could run 2 or 3 pieces on an embossing plate at a time. Elizabeth took to the embossing and became a machine. By the end of the day, taking a few breaks, she had all of the pieces of card stock embossed.
A tip I have for mass producing cards, is to take over a long table. I used this very long table in my craft studio to set out cards with only the faces showing, allowing me to go down the line, doing one step at a time, 55 times in a row. It goes very quickly if everything is set out and you can just go down a line of cards to complete each step. I used Tombo Multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the sequins – only use a little as the glue dries sticky and anything that oozes out can leave a sticky mess. You can see in the picture that I use small glasses to store my liquid glue so that it is always at the tip and ready to use.
My Christmas card went out 2 weeks ago – the earliest ever. The girls and I had a blast creating this years cards and I hope you enjoyed learning about the creating process!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,