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I started on a batch of Christmas cards yesterday – quick and easy ones using die-cut toppers, etc., from the Hunkydory Christmas Selection Box. I don’t want to get caught out like I was last year when my mother said she wanted some 20 to 30 cards, I gave her my big box full to choose, and it came back with 3 in it. So I’ll assume she needs 60 this year and aim to make my own, plus some to sell at the chapel, on top of that. Quite a few will be cards made from recycled old cards, but I don’t have enough of those that are suitable to make all my Christmas cards, which is why I went for the blockbuster. With foiling and other details already on the toppers I don’t feel the need to make the cards really fancy with extra mating and layering, so it looks, from the batch I’ve made so far, that the cards will work out very economical to make, especially as I had the triple discount because I’m a C & C club member.
I haven’t taken any photos of the cards I made yesterday yet, so I’ll show you them in another blog post, but I have got five cards from Monday to show you.
(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)
1, 3 and 4 are put together from digital Designer Resources and 2 and 5 from digital kits. All printing was done on the best Tesco photo paper – I think! I may have used Crafty Bob’s paper for one of them. Managed to mix up the card-stock by my printer over the weekend as I’d pulled out a few sheets of each and forgot to put one sort back before starting to use the other.
- 12 Wood Papers CU4CU by Janyce Cotterill, Sky Three by Ross Slater-Finch and Wood Frames by Carol Lepard (I used three of the wood paper backgrounds, one of the wood frames and the sky image to build up the card as I wanted in one of my graphics packages. As the layout work is done digitally for this card, and then printed and folded to make the actual card before decorating with some peel-offs there isn’t any difficult cutting involved in this card.)
- 8 x 8 Bert Plays Football Scalloped Corner Kit by Carol Clarke (Although the layers of the card are scalloped, they were not too difficult to cut out as they are quite chunky due to the card itself being 8″ square. I’ve kept the card simple and not further embellished it.)
- autumn in Lyon by Eileen Deliot, 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers: pink, blue, lilac by Jacqueline Hatton and A SELECTION OF FRAMES AND MATS png foRMAT TRANSPARENT BACKGR by Sally McIntyre (These are again Designer Resources that I took into one of my graphics package to re-size and build up my card front before printing out. This time I made the frame layer an extra layer for dimension, so some ins and outs cutting was required, but I made sure that I chose one that wasn’t too intricate. A rotary blade was used to give the fine deckle edge to the card front and the base card was bought already with a large deckle edge, so all in all this wasn’t a difficult card to cut and construct.)
- Pale Diagonals by Carol James and Decorative Holly Alpha Set CU4CU by Debra Laraway (I’ve kept this design, built up using elements from two different Designer Resource kits, very simple. “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” and the last thing I want is to make a batch of a dozen or so Christmas cards that require a lot of cutting out. So I worked on the layout in my graphics package to make a print, trim, fold, card that I just decorated with some peeloffs around the edges. I may at some point go a bit further with the design and take it into my Silhouette Studio software to make it into a Print & Cut card front with layered letters – it depends how things go with other projects first.)
- 8 x 8 Bert Plays Cricket Scalloped Corner Kit by Carol Clarke (This card is exactly the same style and size as the “Football” one above and so was just as easy to make. I did add a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off to this one to turn it into a Welsh birthday card.)
Remember that the Designer Resources that are available on craftsUprint are open for anybody to buy, not just those designers who go on to sell their completed designs on CUP and other multi-seller, digital download, sites. The Designer Resources can be a great source of items to use in your crafting, and the beauty of these is that you can digitally construct your design yourself, rather than use other cardmaking downloads that you are not suppose to do any digital manipulation with, only print out and then construct how you’d like.
I haven’t uploaded any more items for sale since my last blog post, but do have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – There have been a few mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.
Here are the links to view copies of the mailers:
- Friday, 22nd June – Here – have a good look at this one for the fantastic free gifts currently available with CUP orders!
- Monday, 25th June – Here.
- Wednesday, 27th June – Here – If you hate football, have had enough of football on the TV, and don’t have a football mad friend or family member to make a card for, then perhaps this mailer isn’t for you because it’s full of football! Mind you, there is the usual assortment of news and snippets at the end of the mailer, so it’s still worth a look if you want to scroll quickly past the dreaded football!
June Card Making Competition – The time for entries to be uploaded has passed, but the voting is now open. There are 60 entries this time, so if you are a CUP Customer or Designer then please have a good look at all the entries and place your votes.
You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
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