But now - on to my snowy Christmas cards.
Lili of The Valley carries some truly beautiful stamps, honestly it is so hard to narrow my wishlist down. I opted for digital stamps but they also carry clear and rubber stamps and cross stitch patterns.
Since I like my cards to be displayed and they were going to travel internationally (actually 'back' to the UK!) I decided to once again make easel cards.
I started by sizing the images and sentiments in Photoshop, preparing a document for printing. Still undecided about whether I wanted to use the car or the church scene I included both.
Once that was set-up I could print multiple copies as needed.
The church scene was quick to colour, using coloured pencils, after which I trimmed the image out and attached it to card front which was prepared with patterned paper.
It was a quick make and I'm very pleased with the result!
Next up was the mailbox - very appropriate for an 'across the miles' greeting.
I used coloured pencils for the colouring as well as a silver Sharpie pen for the metal details on the postbox. Another print of the same picture provided me with a mailbox to trim out and pop up on foam for dimension. I also popped the birds and some of the holly leaves up to add a bit of depth.
Once again I used the puffy fabric paint for my snow and added glitter for that frosty sparkle. I also added glitter to the berries and some of the leaves. This card did take more time and more 'fussing' with all the trimming and layering, but I enjoyed every minute of making it.
I thought the envelope shape on the patterned paper made a very fitting place for the stamped sentiment. Some punched holly leaves and glittery berries was all I needed to add.
Some understated green patterned paper and a couple die cut snowflakes provided the final touches.
Both cards are on their way right now and will hopefully remind dear people how much they are loved...