Obviously, I didn't do such a great job of that, but it is a teensy bit earlier than I did it last year (welllll...the night before. Heheh.). These are quite easy, so you can whip 'em up just in time to pop under the tree, or even in the mail!
Now I'm going to tell you a little secret: I worked so hard to get some cards done in time, that I actually stayed up until about 2:00 am making these. I was on a roll! And when I get on a roll, it's hard to get off! Usually I would not have been happy with myself for staying up that late, but it was so worth it. I completed six cards that night, and finished three more the next morning, before going on a one night trip out of town! AHH! Amazing! But I'm getting side tracked, aren't I? The reason I'm telling you all this is because I have a bunch of cards to share with you that I made, and I hope will inspire you to create your own, before it's too late!
I made so many, that I'm going to break this post up into three sections: Set 1 - Mini, Set 2 - The Red Ink Emerges, Set 3 - The Red Ink Departs. I apologize for the length of this post. I thought about breaking it into three posts, but I didn't want to post the last like the day before Christmas. Because that's what would have happened.
White cardstock paper
White acrylic paint
Green, red, and light brown sharpies, preferably extra fine
Coordinating washi tape
Pretty Christmas wrapping paper, or just pretty paper
Coordinating tissue paper
Red stamp ink
Small music note punch
Additional materials: sticker maker, regular scissors, knife, liquid glue
Set 1 - Mini
The name for this is much boringer than the other two sections, but I came up with it first, and was going to make the others pretty general too, but couldn't think of anything other than what I came up with. So this is stuck with having a lame name. Oh well!
The size of these is exactly half that of the usual size, so 4-1/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches. If you're using regular size paper (8-1/2 inches by 11 inches), that will make four cards, which is how many I'm making.
I'm using white acrylic paint just like I did in my last post, so instead of putting the stamp down into the paint, you'll sort of brush the pain onto the stamp. Also, this is a stamp I made last year for a project, that is very easy to implement on Christmas cards! Since I made it, it's not something you can just go to the store and buy, but there are probably others like it. I don't know though; I haven't looked.
The next three cards are all similar, but not exactly alike. I made these using wrapping paper, to match the gifts that I wrapped. I'm sure you could use practically any wrapping paper, with a pattern that isn't too obnoxious or large.
Scalloped Pleat Gold Noel/Rough Pleat Gold Noel
Cut the paper to about 3 inches by 7 inches, and run through a sticker maker if you have one. Then fold in thirds and cut on the folds. All that is very easy if the wrapping paper has lines on the back, like this stuff does.
Here we'll use that last gold sticker. On the back, write the word "joy," in big letters, and backwards of course.
Set 2 - The Red Ink Emerges
The name for this set comes from the fact that, you guessed it! The red ink has arrived! Clever, isn't it? ...I can you see you shaking your head over there...
SO, we are making three cards for this set, all the normal size: 5-1/2 inches by 4-1/4 inches.
The first step for the first card is to experiment with your scallop edge punch using washi tape, and then realize it doesn't work very well to put washi tape in a border punch, so then you need to get some fancy scissors (I used a zig-zag cut), and cut that washi tape the rest of the way. I did the scallop part in the middle, because of the way my scallop edge punch works.
Noel Born Is the King of Israel!
I still had ink on the stamp after that one stamping, so I quickly stamped on another card, at the top in the center.
I apparently started photographing this one half-way through, but that's totally okay. You are a strong, independent crafter who don't need no unnecessary instructions!
As you can see, I put washi tape on the left and right sides. In case you can't tell, that is one strip of washi tape that I cut in half. Then I inked the stamp and stamped four times down the card, so it faded a little each time. The reason it's four times is because the song "Noel" has four noels before the other words. I wouldn't ever put four of anything just because. I would have to be out of my mind.
Set 3 - The Red Ink Departs
You may be able to guess why this set is called what it is. And the reason is because we're using up that ink I squirted out earlier! I do not approve of wasting ink.
Joy to the World/O Come Let Us Adore HIM
What's one of the fastest ways to use up ink? Well, spreading it all over a card, of course! That is just what we are going to do here. But first, cut lots of strips of masking tape at once, and place them somewhere easy to grab. They should not be very thick - about 1/8 of an inch, and around 2 inches long, though the length doesn't matter as much.
It's the artist's life!
Alright, almost done! If you have any ink left, roll it straight over a card. That's it, no masking tape or anything. If you don't own a roller, try using red acrylic paint on a sponge! I haven't tried it, but I want to now... Wait awhile for the paint to dry. I slept while this dried.
After you go make your cards, that is. GO! GO MAKE CHRISTMAS CARDS!
I truly hope that I have inspired you to whip up your own batch of cards just in time for Christmas! Happy crafting!
WHAT. IS IT 11:40 ALREADY? Well this went on tooo looong. Goodnight!