Friday, August 23, 2013

Holiday Cards 2013 - O Holy Night


It's time already.  Time to be thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I know that Halloween displays just went up and children are going back to school but you know the holidays will be here before you can blink.  So I've started my Christmas cards.

Most of the credit for the early start goes to Raisin Boat (raisinboat.com).  I subscribed to their stamp rental program a couple of months ago and have gotten 2 Christmas sets. Since I get the best deal if I only keep each set for 1 month and then return them, that gives me incentive to stamp, stamp, stamp and get those cards done or at least in process.

The card above will be for either my aunt or my mother's cards this year. The church looks so much like the one I grew up in.  The building is gone now and the congregation is in a newer building constructed when I was in high school.  It is roomy yet doesn't have the same charm.

 I did a dozen of these cards and then 2 more for the Operation Write Home box.  The video shares the complete process and a few tips on creating multiples faster including:

  • Color only a portion of the image.  For this one, I left the church white so I only colored the wreath, door and a few other areas.  That saved a ton of time.
  • Add interest with stickles and other embellishemnt AFTER you get your card complete.  That way if you run out of time, those extras can be left off and you still have a pretty card.
Here is the process video at YouTube:

I love renting seasonal stamps because a set like this would likely only be used for one season anyway.

Thanks for watching!

5 comments:

  1. Seriously, renting stamps. What a cool idea!

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  2. Your card is beautiful and that image is comforting. If that even makes sense.
    I love the idea of renting stamps. I know of another lady named Linda who gets a lot of her stamps from Raisin Boat. I need to check them out

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  3. Oh wow this card is seriously awesome!!

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  4. This is a beautiful Christmas card, Lisa. Love how you only accented the image with color. And what an interesting idea to rent stamps!

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