Here are my Christmas Card Designs 2016. Christmas card preparation is organised, but present-buying and wrapping requires more work.
The next task is mail merge, and printing envelopes for my Mum. I forget every year which way is up and ruin at least one envelope.
As usual, I aim for designs that are clean and simple, and easy to put together. Even so, I managed to injure myself. I know, you’re thinking, “Jane, how can anyone hurt themselves making cards?” If there’s a way. I’ll find it.
I avoided the obvious paper cuts this year and instead opted for a small blister. Note to self: make sure the tools you’re using work smoothly. A less than smooth-running Herma dispenser caused this little horror. I’ve bought a new one – for next time.
Christmas Card Designs 2016 – Supplies
Cardstock – I used three colours from Stampin’ Up; Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Night of Navy. I chose A4 size so that each card needed cutting only once to make two cards.
Printing – I matched the cardstock colours for printing on A4 white coated card from Ryman(UK). I have always used HP printers because I find their quality and use of ink to be the best.
I currently have an HP Envy 5530, using XL cartridges of ink and printed 60 of these designs, in sets of 10 using the Normal setting. My ink estimate is still looking good. In truth, I printed a total of 65 cards due to wrecking a few while cutting and pasting – oops.
Cutting – I use the Silhouette Cameo to cut the designs. This ensures I get the design area the same size consistently. I never manage it using a paper trimmer, the card always moves and I get one edge running off at an angle.
Fonts – Open Sans Light (Merry Christmas on the boxes), Rainier North 700 (Merry Christmas on the tree), Storybook (Silent) and Lora (Night)
Ideas I Considered
Cutting the Christmas Tree so that each part is separate and stuck down with foam sticky pads, to add dimension. I didn’t try it this time because I thought Christmas might arrive before I’d got one properly made!
Similarly, I could cut out the snow bank on the Silent Night card so that it is raised from the church, perhaps even cut out the trees.
Perhaps next year?