Listening to Christmas Carols and making cards. Yup. That's been me for about a week. I have made about 60 so far. Don't stop me now!
It started with the need to make a few Christmas cards.
I had a card (I now wish I had saved to show you but I made tags out of it instead.) with the red part like the one below, except it looked like nothing great but I thought if I did it again, I'd have a tree.
|Trimmed with acrylics, Papermate Inkjoy Black pen, Signo Uniball White pen, and Traci Bautista's Tropical Floral Stencil.|
Then it turned into gifts sets of 4 to 8 cards. I did mix and match at first.
|Acrylics, white pen, and Carolyn Dube's Dance of This Life Stencil.|
|Acrylics, white & black pens, a bit of washi, Mary Beth Shaw's Chain Mail, Jessica Sporn's Hands, and Tracey Lyn Huskamp's Rabbits Stencils.|
There are a couple of alphabet stencils that would work for this. I used Chunky Alphas by Joanne Shaper. I added washi tape (You can find it at Gwen Lafleur's store) for contrast. Next, I drew with a pen around the letters I wanted to highlight. Ps & Qs (as in mind them) worked for this one. Others I marked up "HI" and "OK".
|The yellow in the chunky letters is distress crayon.|
Obviously, doodling can take a lot of time:
|There is pink marker work and also some white pen work that you can see if you were looking at the actual card. The stencil is from StencilClub - Jessica Sporn's Feelin' Groovy set.|
Or just a little where I drew super simple butterflies:
|ATC Mixup by Jennifer Evans is the stencil.|
Other than the Christmas card, this one took the longest.
|Pink and green markers, green gel pen, yellow distress crayon on randomly painted acrylics. StencilClub: In the Garden by Terri Stegmiller.|
I made a couple of notebooks on the same theme complete with flying pigs randomly (annoyingly?) stenciled in different places on a few of the pages. The piggies are rubber stamps designed by Sandee Setliff.
I left the insides of all my cards blank except for this one that seemed to warrant something more:
|Black pen traced around acrylics, stenciled with Your Thoughts by Pam Carriker.|
My BIG tip: When you make a card you like, make a few more. You can always vary them a little so you don't get bored.
I got a totally different look on these 2 cards by the ways I added green and yellow paint and how I used my brown gel pen.
|Mid Century Modern Rocks and Leaves Stencil by Jennifer Evans|
I have a book of business letter samples from maybe the 70s. Perfect for card making.
I liked this round in the small of from Pam's Woman of Mystery StencilClub set. I thought about outlining the words "love" and "hope" from the circle but then I thought I would need to do all of the loopy lettering and, well, I had to call a halt somewhere.
|Ink the round edges in green.|
And, if you do as I did and clean up part of your office the next day (looking for circle cutter I never found) in the midst of your card making, ephemera might appear that you have no idea whence it came.
I hope I have inspired you to go make a few sets of cards. I challenge you to pull out your stencils and look at ones that would suit your card-making style.
My last tip: Save some for yourself because you might need to send an actual hand-written missive to a friend or five you love in the coming year!
If you want to delve into card making in a much more 3D manner, check out Debi Adams' online course at StencilGirlStudio!