Step-By-Step Christmas: Step Three

STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS
I make more Christmas Cards than anything else at Christmas. I always feel as though I've got the biggest part of my Christmas creating done when I've finished them. So I always prioritise them. They are always the first things I make.

All my cards this year are for my own personal use. I'm not making cards for any Craft Fayres or Charities this season. I haven't taken any orders to make Cards for anyone else this year either. Nor will I be accepting requests for any of these over the coming weeks. I don't have the time this Christmas unfortunately.

This weekend, I began my Christmas making in earnest making Cards with a few of my new things - New 'Bold Gingham' Papers from The Colour Collection, new 'Merry Wishes' Sentiments, new Foliage die. And new twine.

Initially, I made 4 of these cards, printing my card mat as a single layer so the sentiments were printed directly onto the paper design. My printer takes quite a heavyweight card. So I printed directly onto Card. Like this ...

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO LAYER PRINTING
Print the Paper Design onto smooth white card or paper. Once printed, pop the sheet back into your printer and print a sheet of the Sentiments on top.

Then I cut around each sentiment, cutting so the checks of the gingham pattern were the same for each sentiment.


I like to create my mat first, then mount it to my card base.
So my next step was to put together my foliage embellishments.

First I painted my die-cuts with watercolour paints, painting quite randomly. Once they were dry, I layered them together, using PVA adhesive on the bottom sets of leaves only, just above the stems, to fasten them together. I left the tops of the stems loose so I could arrange them to add a little depth to my finished card.


I then added them to my card mat with twine and a little bell. And finished with a few small sequins.
The bells are lovely. They tinkle when you pick up the card. It’s lovely little detail!

When I had printed and cut my card mats, two of the sentiments were aligned centrally. And two were aligned slightly to the right. So I adjusted where I placed my little foliage embellishments to accommodate them and used the twine in 2 different ways. This effectively gave me 2 co-ordinating card designs.

I mounted the completed mats to my card bases using dimensional. And my cards were finished.

I liked these cards so much, I made another 8 identical cards using the same 'Bold Gingham' paper design & the remaining 8 sentiments from 'Merry Wishes'.

Several things about these cards made it the perfect bulk-make for me ...
- I needed to print only 3 pieces of cardstock to make 12 cards.
- And there was very little card waste when I had printed and cut out my mats. I think that's good value printing.
- They were very simple and quick to put together, and not particularly time-consuming. The longest part of the process was waiting for my painting to dry.
- I enjoyed making them.

They're my first bulk-make of the season. 12 cards in one session. I feel as though I'm off to a good start : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
A6 White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Bold Gingham' in 'Pure Silver' printed onto Smooth White Card. From The Colour Collection.
Sentiments: 'Merry Wishes' printed onto Smooth White Card, pre-printed with the patterned paper.
Foliage Die: MFT cut from Smooth White Card & coloured lightly with Watercolour Paints.
Twine, Tiny Silver Bells & a selection of small sequins.

12 comments on Step-By-Step Christmas: Step Three

  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful products and inspiration xx

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    1. Thank you ever so much! And thank you for visiting my blog : )
      Liz
      xx

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  2. Love, love, love these gorgeous cards. I have purchased both papers and sentiments. I can see some gingham looking Christmas cards being made soon. Thanks for the much needed inspiration for my Christmas cards this year.

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    1. You did Sandie! Thank you : )
      I'm very happy you liked them.
      Liz
      xx

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  3. Love the style clean and simple I shall be Lifting your ideas. Thanks for sharing

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    1. LOL! Thank you! I'm pleased you like them Audrey : )
      Liz
      xx

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  4. These are beautiful Liz and simply elegant. I'm still trying to get my stuff out to complete Step One, but your tips have been invaluable. Looking forward to the next instalment and your lovely inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Tracey.x

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    1. Thank you ever so much Tracey : )
      I've enjoyed reading your comments on the Series. I hope your Christmas crafting goes well this year.
      Liz
      xx

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  5. WOW! I love these Liz.
    Have just moved back to UK and currently have no craft space and on top of that have lost my mojo.
    Your cards and papers are just the inspiration I need.
    Keep up the good work.
    Sheila

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    1. Thank you Sheila. Welcome back to the UK! And to the UK weather ; )
      Liz
      xx

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  6. Beautiful and simple as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh thank you ever so much Lesley : )
      Thank you for visiting.
      Liz
      xx

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