For anyone who knows me, Christmas is my busiest time of year. So much so, that I start prepping for Christmas in July. Seriously. I don’t work for six months straight on Christmas projects, but this does allow me to work on my projects when the inspiration hits, not the deadline. I always have so many handmade projects planned for Christmas, that I would loose out on most of the joy if I waited. I design and hand make cards for my wonderful family and friends. But I simply can’t leave it at that. It’s a problem, I can’t leave anything “at that”.
I’m working on it.
Ok, not really, I’m having too much fun in my craziness.
Here is one of my handmade Christmas Cards-
This Christmas card is made from a combination of stamps, distress inks, and perfect pearls. I started with a completely blank white card and used Broken China Distress ink to rub over the background a beautiful teal background. I then took the same Broken China color to stamp the writing directly over the background. The lovely flourish is one of my favorites from hero arts. I stamped the image with an adhesive pad and then lightly brushed silver perfect pearls to bring out the flourishes. I love how it looks distressed, which matches the rest of the card.
I have so much more planned for this Christmas. There is scrapbooking, December daily albums, ornaments, decorations, and I could go on. I made an countdown calendar because, last year, I learned a good lesson about three year olds. Their concept of time is completely different.
We put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Yes, its early, but did I mention I LOVE Christmas time? Every morning, afternoon, after nap, after dinner, ALL the time, my son asked about the presents under the tree and Santa and everything. My son has some serious focus. He was driving me crazy, but I was dealing. Then about 5 days before Christmas, everything got quiet while I was cooking dinner. For my son, quiet is a bad sign. So I looked in the living room and found him softly sobbing in a corner. When I gently leaned down to ask him what was wrong, he replied in the most adorable, sad, meek voice, “Santa isn’t coming because it has been too long.” Lesson learned, heart-broken, countdown calendar made.
Hope you enjoyed this Handmade Christmas card tutorial!
If you liked this project, here are some of my other handmade cards.