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It’s Time to Get Started…

November 4, 2010

…working on Christmas cards!

Yes! It’s that time of year once again. With so many techniques, and folks with varying degrees of beliefs, there is a lot that can be done. Sit back, relax, and let me show you what I’ve done so far, and perhaps we can share some ideas.

The featured photo to the left, is a pattern by Anneke Oostmeijer found in the Parchment Craft Magazine 2010 Christmas Special issue. A few months ago a local scrapbook store closed down, and I was able to snag the last couple of sheets of red foil card stock, which happens to look awfully good in real life, but is horrible to photograph or scan!   This particular pattern is painted with acrylic paints, and like usual, I added a few of my own touches.  For instance, I decided to paint the ornaments in different colors. The pinturas were diluted and applied in the round and round method, building up color in the areas with the most shadow.

I have also made a couple of patterns by Kannikar Sukseree. The Gingerbread Family pattern was also found in the PC mag 2010 Christmas Special.

The gingerbread men were painted with felt tips. However, I used only 1 sheet pf parchment paper, instead of the 3 layers she used. I thought this was such a cute pattern, and I will probably use it for a family with children. (I won’t divulge which family with children I’ll be sending it to here on these pages — I do want the family to be a little surprised!)

The other pattern by Kanny is a candy cane pattern found in the November 2010 issue of Parchment Craft magazine.

This was a fun pattern to do. It was also done in felt tips, from the front and back. I just love how the word “Christmas” is cut out (but still attached) at the bottom.

Now, for most of these cards I’ll send them to friends and family that I know will appreciate them. However, I also send parchment cards to a number of my business clients. For this I will make a couple of more generic holiday cards, particularly for offices.

For example, a nice grid-work card, with a 3D poinsettia is great to send to an office. (Oh, and even though you may not think the personnel at an office will be appreciative, you might be surprised to find that some are.) On this particular card, I used a grid pattern from Annie Janssen, and metallic green vellum as the insert paper. The 3D poinsettia is two layers, cut out (as opposed to perforated out) of red parchment paper. The center is gold glitter glue. A generic, “Season’s Greetings” is stamped using Dew Drop Brilliance “Rocket Red Gold” ink.

Now, for those of my friends that celebrate Christmas, but aren’t particularly observant, a nice printed image with a grid-work border is lovely. I’ve done a couple of these, and one I’ve shown over at Vickie’s place. Here is another of the abstract trees, this time the backing paper is a green foil. For these cards, you don’t particularly need to use a christmasy image. Some folks will get a lovely winter scene.

For the inevitable last minute card that you may need, the cute little pre-printed vellum mice from Pergamano are great to have on hand.

Here is one that I made last year.

There is also the pre-printed Magic girl and penguins that are great to have on hand for those last minute cards.

As you can see there is a style for every one of your friends and family.

The only limitations are your imagination! So, what holiday cards are you working on?

  1. November 4, 2010 5:57 pm

    These are all so gorgeous Chiara, thank you so much for sharing them with us. It’s always a delight to come to your blog and read up on parchment craft!

  2. Dawn Haylock permalink
    November 4, 2010 6:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing Chiara a wonderful selection of different xmas cards.
    beautifully done all of them.

  3. Chris Watson permalink
    November 4, 2010 6:31 pm

    These are beautiful….you clever girl lol.

  4. November 4, 2010 7:23 pm

    Beautiful work and a nice variety to cover the many ways the holidays are celebrated!! I am soooooooo happy to see you have started your holiday cards, my friend……you really had me worried for awhile….lol

    Thanks very much for sharing your work…..and thanks for the link to my place.

  5. November 4, 2010 8:13 pm

    Thank you all so very much!

  6. Sue permalink
    November 4, 2010 9:15 pm

    Very interesting and all the cards are lovely.
    I did a few a while back but can I get round to it now…no chance!!

    • November 4, 2010 9:32 pm

      Oh, Sue! I know exactly what you mean! I think this years I’ll do a bunch in January, while I’m still in the Christmasy mood and don’t feel so pressured, just to get a jump on next year!

  7. Mary Price permalink
    November 5, 2010 7:29 am

    My box is filling up…..slowly. 🙂 A really quick way to produce a nice sparkly card is to find a fairly simple pattern ( I used the talent spotters christmas tree pattern from this months mag)…trace it with a Sakura Quickie glue pen and allow it to throughly dry. Then sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. You can then emboss areas to enchance the design and add a border of your choice. Or…(this is a tip from Pauline Loweth) after the glue is dry, dip your finger in ultrafine glitter and rub over the tracing. Gives a lovely foiled effect. Just wish there was a quick way of putting in the inserts for the verse and greeting. Hate that job!

    • November 5, 2010 2:29 pm

      Oh, Mary, what great ideas!
      For the inserts with the verse and greetings, well, I’m a bit lazy. I run those off on my computer! Cut the paper to size and use double-sided tape (like terrifically tacky tape) and voila! you have your greeting all done!

  8. November 6, 2010 8:52 pm

    An awesome selection of cards! Wonderful variety and all so beautifully worked.

    • November 7, 2010 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Robyn! 🙂


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