Christmas Cards finally posted!

Each year I endeavour to make a selection of Christmas cards to send to those friends and family that I won’t see over the Festive Season. I hope the Postie strike won’t hold them up too much from reaching their destination!

This year my design included a background made using the Credit Card Technique, with some Inque Boutique Stamp swirls and sentiments cut from my Pazzles Cutter. I was very pleased with the results.

Christmas cards with credit card painting technique background

For a few years, I had become very discouraged making my handmade cards; they take a lot of work and noone seemed to appreciate them. A few years ago, at Beachhouse Boulevard Stamp Camp, one of the ladies commented how she had noticed that if someone sees a handmade Christmas card, on your shelf, amongst all the store bought ones, the handmade one will be the only one that is picked up and examined and admired. That got me thinking. Prehaps my cards had been appreciated, by those receiving them and others as well. So I’m back into making my Christmas cards each year.

I usually begin making my Christmas cards about September and try not to fuss too much over the design. The credit card technique was the perfect method for creating these backgrounds as I got them finished fairly quickly and I got quite a few done. I used old papers from a conference journal, which wasn’t going to be used for anything else. It had interesting text and diagrams that can still just be seen, if you are looking closely. The text underneath also creates that first layer to provide the layers of paint and stamping a little more depth. The swirl stamps are my absolute favourite at the moment, and with a little metallic ink, they help to convey the Christmas-y feel. These layers were all stuck together with double-sided tape, onto ivory, semi gloss card.

Wishing all of you a wonderful end to 2009, regardless of what you celebrate at this time of year. Hope you have a very crafty 2010.

Lots of smiles and laughter,



6 responses to this post.

  1. Please tell me about your Christmas cards this year!


    • Posted by glenda lee on December 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Michelle
      thanks for sharing your creations. They are so good. What a great way to recycle notes from work.

      Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and prosperous New year.


  2. great work Michelle & I love your story about your handmade cards. I DO think you are right – they ARE more appreciated & valued


  3. Your cards are lovely, Michelle – have a very happy Christmas!


  4. These are quite lovely!


  5. Posted by Meran on December 21, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I have been sending handmade cards to my family and friends, ever since I learnt to make cards at Bellbird Paper Arts. The people who I personally hand the cards too are excited to see what creation I’ve come up with that year. They become a present as we as a card. Some of my work colleagues have started to give me a cards, so they can receive one of my hand made ones!


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