I don't know about you, but every year, I plan to make all of my Christmas cards, and then somehow, I end up not doing it. But, you know, it's NOT just "somehow" -- there 's a definite reason for this yearly failure. I have plenty of supplies and plenty of ideas, but what I always run out of is time. You too, right?
The thing about Christmas for me is that, while I love the whole season, I'm always wary of losing some of that love if I start "doing" Christmas too early. Making someone something that will be Christmas gift (a rag quilt, for instance) is perfectly fine to do many months ahead, but doing something with an overtly Christmas theme, such as making cards, doesn't feel right until, say, after Thanksgiving. Kind of like decorating the house doesn't feel right 'til then.
Well, I'm going to try to abandon that mindset this year, because there simply isn't any way that I will ever be able to make even a small number of Christmas cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The only way it will work is if I start making those cards earlier than what "seems right."
So, in that vein, I've already started thinking about Christmas card designs for next Christmas! I like to make a couple of different versions of a basic design, so I started looking for a simple design that could be adapted in any number of ways, and came across a basic tree design made with different Christmas-y papers. It occurred to me that not only could this cute little tree could be made out of many different combinations of papers, but the resulting card could also be embellished in a number of different ways.
Above is the first card that I made. I used a little gold adhesive gemstone on the top of the tree, and the "joy" is a die cut I made using my Quickutz (yes, I still use mine!). I really love this combination of papers and colors, and the contrast of "joy" done in white.
I like how this one came out, too. Three different green papers for the body of the tree, and since the background was so simple, I figured I could get away with using a really busy print for the middle part of the tree. A star brad tops the tree, and the snowflakes were made using a Martha Stewart punch. (BTW, she has GORGEOUS snowflake punches!!) "Holiday" is a punch-out from some random set I had, but you could use most any type of sticker, or print out a greeting on the computer using a favorite font, too.
And here's the last version that I made. The tree is embellished with different sizes and colors of star brads, then I used one of the gemstones for the top of the tree.
I"m happy that I've at least gotten a start as to what I want to do for cards this coming year. I can't promise when I'll get around to actually making them, but I"m going to try to let go of that self-imposed "no activities 'til after Thanksgiving" restriction. So, I'd love to know -- which version of my card do YOU like best?