Topic: Scrap Recovery
I usually work on Christmas cards throughout the year but I haven't been working a lot on cards for a while now. When I opened my card box I found I had FOUR cards done for Christmas! That will NOT do.
I pulled out my 'parts and starts' drawer and found I had three years' worth of card fronts saved from ones we had received from friends and family.
I set to work trimming down the artwork I wanted to re-use. Then I went through my bin of Christmas papers and selected one to go with each illustration. Next it was on to choosing a solid bordering paper.
I cut all the parts to size and layered them on white base cards. I was working in two basic sizes: 5.5 x 4.25 and 6 x 4.5 (these were the envelope sizes I had on hand).
The final step was to pull out the Christmas sticker bag and find appropriate color/style stickers for each card face. I did not do this with those whose artwork already contained a sentiment.
These are the cards I ended up with - four photos:
My last batch of cards were part of a "10 Free" offer from Shutterfly. I didn't make the cards by hand but the illustration is a photo of a hummingbird painting that I did and uploaded to the site.
NOW I'm ready to write our Christmas letter and get to addressing the envelopes. I will probably have leftovers to start the bin for next year.