My work desk covered in bits and pieces.
I had a creative moment last weekend, and decided to make my own Christmas cards this year. After a lifetime of making things, I've been somewhat idle over the last few years, and have resorted to sending e-cards, mainly because the cost of postage often exceeds the cost of the card itself!
I've always liked making my own stamps, and then stamping a design onto a card blank. I found all my painting stuff, brushes, pencils, sharp knives, glitter, glue and the like, and set about designing some cards. I bought some ink pads from Amazon, a nice little set of 20, but in very strong colours. I've manage to find a technique for overprinting, which produces more subdued colours, although I think I will resort to making my own ink pads using gouache paint soaked into white felt, to achieve really gentle colours. It's trial and error at the moment, but I have made three really nice cards, which need to be more "Christmassyfied." (German friends, this is not a real English word!)
An almost finished card with a Christmas cactus design.