This week’s Monday Mojo email got me thinking about batch production for this year’s Christmas cards and inspired by last year’s bauble aperture card, I came up with a variation using a pear shaped die. I got three cards out of one sheet of A4 card by cutting the long side into three equal strips (9.9cm) then folding each one in half. The size also meant there were no problems getting the card and die through my die cutting machine.
I used the three different harlequin stamps from Harlequin and Tangled Fragments and stamped each card with VersaMark before dusting with PanPastels in shades of green and yellow. I stamped and coloured the whole of the card front before die cutting so that I then had decorated pears to use on other cards.
I added a turtle dove stamped in Archival Vermillion and the greetings inside are all stamped with Archival Olive. If I wanted to follow the Mojo tutorial, I could have cut a smaller pear shape to suspend in the aperture, but I decided to let the sentiment inside be the focal point. When I actually come to send these cards, I will probably write my greeting on the back of the card.
I also made a couple of A6 topfold cards, one of which is shown here using the pear cut out with a little red PanPastel added to it. I stamped the greeting at the bottom then added a strip of card with ribbon attached above the sentiment.
Here is another card with a very similar layout, but no die cut this time, just the harlequin stamp coloured with PanPastels.
I’m starting to get quite a nice little stockpile of Christmas cards now, partly because I always try to make at least 3 or 4 cards at a time with the same colours and materials. That’s just one of my little productivity tips in this week’s email. (If you’re not on the list to get Monday Mojo emails, you will see a sign up box in the side bar here on my blog.)
How are you getting on with your Christmas card making?