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Well … I’ve officially started my Christmas Card Making!
Just a few at a time in small batches, but hopefully it will mean I’ll have ones ready to sell at the chapel, etc., in a couple of months time (assuming the COVID-19 virus is got under control and lockdown eases so that we can return to worship in the autumn). I suppose I’ll have to try selling some online or over the phone to friends and family if the lockdown continues.
The first ones I’ve made have been quick and easy ones made using components from the latest Hunkydory Christmas Collection, and, as I was so late doing my cards last year and didn’t use up all my stash, I have quite a few bits added from last year’s Hunkydory Christmas Collection as well. As the cards became all jumbled up when I was putting them into a storage box I’m not quite sure which year’s collection the cards I’ve got to show you in the first few posts have been made from.
What I Did
For this first batch of cards I simply went through the collection picking out matching background cardstock and inserts that went with the various die-cut toppers that were in the kit.
Each sheet of background cardstock was scored and folded in half.
I wanted to keep these first ones very simple, with very little dimension, so I only used glue, fingerlift tape, or 1mm deep foam tape to do the attaching of toppers and greetings banners where these were used. This way I hope that all these cards will go through the Royal Mail on a Standard Letter stamp to save on postage. I’ve got a “letter ruler” to check each card in it’s envelope so that I can be sure before I either post myself, or to tell anybody who buys the cards. Peel-offs were used on some of the cards instead of banners.
I set up a greeting “Nadolig Llawen A Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (The Welsh equivelent of Merry Christmas and a Happy New year, though not a direct translation) in MS Publisher on my laptop. This greeting was printed onto the matching inserts before they were trimmed a bit and stuck inside each card.
I then use my stamping platform to stamp my details on the back of each card.
Note – Although the We R Memory Keepers “The Works” bit of equipment has the ability to cut, score and stamp, when I’m batch makeing I don’t like swapping the plate up and down for scoreing and cutting, or adding the stamping platform every time I want to stamp the details, so I do use separate bits of equipment for each job.
What I Used
- Hunkydory Christmas Cardmaking Collection 2020
- Hunkydory Christmas Cardmaking Collection – leftovers from 2019
- 1mm Deep Foam Tape
- Fingerlift Tape
- Glue – Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
- Scoreboard – We R Memory Keepers The Works
- Paper Trimmer – Cutterpiller Pro
- Peel-offs – Nadolig Llawen (Welsh for Happy Christmas)
- Banners – Nadolig Llawen
- Archival Ink
- Stamp with Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts details – made by Dreamees (don’t know if they offer the service to have your own choice of wording on a stamp any more).
- We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
- C5 Envelopes
- Postal Ruler
I’ve decided to number the Christmas Cards I’m makeing this year in my blog posts, going on from one post to the next. That way I’ll know exactly how many cards I’ll have made by the end.
As well as many more Christmas cards made from Hunkydory cardmaking sheets I’ve also started working on other types of Christmas cards, including some decoupaged ones, so keep an eye out for a lot of Christmas card posts over the next few weeks.
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