Some years, I hanker after the glossy, luxury Christmas cards on offer in the shops. However, every other year or so, I want nothing more than to sit cosily by the fire in the late afternoons and make cards that are much more personal. Obviously this notion appeals hugely to my craft-loving, stationary-obsessed self!
Usually, my self-made cards involve some sort of stamping. I love the way that an image can be repeated using different colours to build up a big picture. I also love script and typography, so any stamps that have interesting lettering are first on my list.
This was my first attempt at using clear stamps on an acrylic block and I must say, this method had me hooked! Not only could I vary the position of the icons on the block, I could clearly see where I was stamping, so my final results were much more accurate than when I have used wood block stamps in the past.
Although I went a bit crazy when ordering my ink pads, I generally used the blues, reds, greens and purples the most. I also used my Ali Edwards word stamps to print words on the inside of my cards… such as MAGIC, BEST and SUPER. I plan to add handwritten messages to incorporate the words… like ‘we hope your Christmas is PERFECT!’
When it comes to Christmas cards, do you have particular favourites that you buy each year? Or do you have a special recipe for handmade cards?