Do you miss it? You know it is coming. Can you just taste it? It is almost the holiday season. This is my favorite time of the year. Why, you may ask. It is not just the presents. Those are material things. It is not just the food and the parties. You can get fat during this time of the year, although it tastes so good. It is also just for the gathering of family and friends. You can see them any time of the year, why make it a special occasion to do so. It is a time of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and He is the reason for the season. So the preparation is underway. I made my first Christmas card for the year. Well actually two, the first one was for a swap back in July. It does count, but it is not part of the cards I will be making personally or for sale. Even though I made yesterday’s card for a swap as well, I will make more for both personal and for sale. It is so simple, want to know how I did it? Of course you do.
For the ingredients, you will need:
• The Wild card Cartridge*. For the card blank, I use the one on page 77. Press the blackout feature, and the Hanukkah card (no shift please). You will not see the candle cutout on the card blank. Cut at 5 ½”.
• Also on the Wild Card Cartridge, I cut out the liner on page 74. Press the liner button, and I cut the ornament out on Bazzill bling paper at 3”. It fits the 5 1/2” card blank fine.
• Patterned Paper cut to 3 5/8” x 5 1/4”. I used Imaginisce’s Candy Cane Lane/Ice Capades paper. I am not sure if it is discontinued or not. I just know I got it at Archiver’s last year. The best place to check is usually on the paper company’s website if you want to see if a paper is discontinued or not. Just because a store has it in clearance does not always mean it is discontinued.
Cut out everything first. I use the assembly method for putting together more than one card. I do it this way, so if I have to stop, I know what piece of the card I am currently on, and I can continue later on. Use whatever method works for you. I feel more organized that way. So for example, on this card, I would adhere al the mats first (the patterned paper), then the ornament. One note: If you use the card blank on page 77 of Wild Cards, the corner is missing, so duplicate that on the mat as well for a more clean, and even look to it. Just cut the corner off of the bottom two.
*Please note, if you do not have this cart, you can probably do the card blank with Plantin Schoolbook, Just Cards, or the new seasonal one, Christmas cards cart. You can just as easily just cut a 8 ½” x 11” cardstock in half, and score it. If you choose to make this card blank on your own or buy card blanks already made for you, you can cut out an ornament on a die cutting you already own or go to a LSS to cut out the ornaments. Also keep in mind if you choose the later, some LSS stores may want you to buy the paper in the store rather than bring in your own. I know that Archivers does charge for the use of their paper, and not to bring in your own. Check with them first. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore’s, and Joanne’s does not have that option to cut out die-cuts.
I have not forgotten about the other occasion cards…
Such as birthdays. I am working a set of female birthday cards for my aunt, and I am working on thank you/Encouragement cards for my mom.
The one problem I am facing is my Etsy page. As I explained in past post, I had an account with Etsy since 2008, but decided to post some cards this past January 2010. I have gotten some views, but no sales. I am starting to understand that Etsy is becoming very saturated because of media exposure, and I have not much in the way of promotions and adding new product, but I am trying. It is no fun renewing. So if you are in need of cards, or a scrapbook or two, take a look at my Etsy page. The address is www.etsy.com/shop/plogan. The shop name is MDN Creates (like the blog). If you have any questions, or you would like to talk to me about customizing a card to a different color, let me know through the Conversation area, or Alchemy. I should have my journals posted on there soon.
In the meantime, take care.