Sorry, don't mean to be an alarmist, but it's kind of creeping up.
I always tell myself that I'll make Christmas cards throughout the year and then I'll have plenty when it comes time for Christmas. Somehow it never quite works out that way. I counted up how many Christmas cards I have so far this year and it came to a woeful five. FIVE. And truthfully two of those are left over from last year. Sigh.
So I need to get cracking on my cards, but I don't want to mass produce them because I kind of hate mass producing and I think it takes the joy out of making a card for someone. At the same time, I can't afford to take the 1-2 hours it normally takes me to make a card (I know, I'm slow, and indecisive, and I make mistakes).
So this year I'm going to do my best to create scaled down cards, and mass produce in a fashion.
This means I pull some Christmas stamps I want to use and a pad of patterned paper. I do all the stamping, images and sentiments, at once. Next I select/cut the patterned papers, then I go back and color. Once that's done, I'll add limited details and assemble.
For today's set of cards I pulled out some of my Essentials by Ellen stamps (Tis the Season and Christmas Scribbles) as well as a Hero Arts Woodmount (Winter Evergreen) stamp. The papers are from last year's My Mind's Eye Sleighbells Ring 6x6 pad. And I used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors to color the images.
After I finished this one, I thought the stamped panel was too stark, so I stitched some strips of paper/vellum on the top and bottom and added a bit of twine.
Similarly, for this next card, I added some glitter paper and vellum.
I really liked this design so I ended up making a second one.
So those are my semi-mass produced, less involved, Christmas cards. I've officially doubled the number of cards I have on hand. Hopefully I can keep this up!
Have a great weekend!