My CHRISTmas Card This Year , a Tutorial and a Freebie.
It is two days before Christmas and we are hoping to get on the road to Massachusetts before the storm blows in. I wanted to take a gift-wrapping break and put up a quick post about our card this year. This year I made and mailed 120 cards. I started them a few days day after we traveled to North Carolina (and came home) to be with our kids for Thanksgiving. This was the first year since we moved to NY that I sent out a full list of cards. Other years for whatever reason I just couldn't get with it to do it, Maybe losing our parents, starting a new job that was a little overwhelming, or other various family crises. Thankfully this year the "switch" was turned on and I got these cards done and enjoyed the whole process. I love the picture cards we get from what seems like 75% of friends and family, but really, to me this ONE day a year should be about celebrating His birthday and sharing the Good News. As my friend Miyuki perfectly put it; CHRISTmas!
One of the things I love about card making is the technical aspects of the creative process, which papers and inks work the best together, does the paper resonate and enhance the image, does the finished product convey what I am trying to say in this small 5x7 art format? Will it speak to the person I am sending it to? Card making and sending (in my thought and prayer process) is 100% about the person receiving the card and what they will receive from it. I try to be very purposeful.
My Christmas cards are always Christ-centered
in one form or another. This year I had 3 images I wanted to use;