12 Days, Homemade for the Holidays continues today with cards. There is something so special about receiving cards in the mail. i also love creating cards for others to show my love. Sometimes the rush of the season comes upon me and i all too often didn't get all i want done. i know the trick is starting early but i also get into my head it has to be magnificant. So what's better sending a simpler card that was made with love or not sending one at all cause they are partially done due to my over ambitious drive? i think this year i will opt for the first one. Besides, simple cards can be just as beautiful as complex ones! i made three cards this year as "prototypes." i might create a bunch of all three cards or maybe just pick one of the three and duplicate it.
This Christmas trees card is wonderfully simple yet ever so cute. i used some leftover supplies i had in my stash which is always ok!
Remember these Gelli Arts gel prints? i pulled out all the reds and greens to create this card. i wasn't sure if i was going to use the deli paper prints or the cardstock prints. In the end i settled on the deli prints because of their translucent qualities. i cut simple triangles out of the colored paper and adhered the to the white cardstock with fluid gel medium. i added the bottoms of the three front trees using leftover paper from my art journal papers.
i then added some bling to the front trees and mounted the cardstock onto patterned paper. A simple "faux" stitch completed the card.
This Wish Card is too cute. i love all the pops of colors using the faux flair from Merry & Bright Life Fragments against the woodrain paper. i started by mounting all the circles onto the woodgrain patterned paper. If you cannot tell i am obsessed with this paper!
i auditioned many patterned paper backgrounds but none of them were what i wanted. After dismissing various patterned paper for it's color or overwhelming print, i decided to pull out some watercolor paper. i used the faux flair as inspiration and painted the edge of the watercolor card in a variety of colors.
Ahhh so much better than the patterned papers. i stitched the woodgrain patterned paper to the watercolor paper to finish the card. So very colorful, so very me.
The Be Merry card came together rather quickly. i love the painterly look to this card. i used my Curly Holly Stencil Fragment as my inspiration and template for this card.
i still had the watercolors and watercolor paper on my table so why not take advantage of it. i painted the green blue background rather quickly without thinking too much about it. Next i drew the holly onto the card using a simple mechanical pencil.
i then painted the holly leaves and berries using acrylic paint. i added some highlights using some neocolor ii crayons and then painted some more. Once i had the colors just right i let the paint dry completely.
i then used my favorite black pen to outline and fill in the shape of the leaves and berries. It didn't matter to me if the lines matched up to the old ones. This was just a template to get me started and i felt free to change it up a bit. i added a few black paint splatters to the card. i stitched the card onto the fun yellow patterned paper and added the title.
Jessi has created some beautiful cards too. Hope on over to her blog to see her take on Homemade cards.