Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Creations

 I wanted to share this post from Brit Boy's blog about our little project that we did for this Christmas. We are hoping to make this a regular tradition :-) I think we have a knack for it. This was really fun and it brought an extra layer of enjoyment to the season for us. I hope you enjoy taking a look at our finished product. So without further delay, here's Brit Boy!!!! ;-)

Christmas is so very nearly upon us now. Amazingly, we are all but ready for the festivities with still 6 days to go until the Big Day. We have all the presents bought and wrapped, the Yellow House is also fully decorated and the tree has been up in place for 2 weeks now.

We have also written and sent most of our Christmas cards. When we went over to the States for Thanksgiving, we took the presents and cards for our family and friends over there. Both the gifts and the cards were manufactured by ourselves and we thought that you would like to see what we have made. Dori will be talking about the gifts in a future post, but here are some pictures of a few of the cards that we made.



We obtained all the various materials from different sources and then had a small assembly line going to get all the cards made. We used small sticky pads to make some of the elements on the cards stand out, and give a 3D effect to them. The envelopes were not lined when we bought them – Dori lined them all herself using some patterned paper. And then when the cards were all complete, we put them in envelopes and then sealed the envelopes with a wax seal. This involved melting some wax onto the envelopes and then pressing the wax with a metal stamp.







Don’t worry that I am spoiling any surprises here – we handed out the cards when we were in Georgia and everyone was very pleased to receive them. Sometimes something that is handmade can be so much more personal, and shows that some real thought has gone into it, as time rather than just money has been spent on it.

It was an enjoyable process, and we definitely got better at it as time went on! This may well be the way of the future. I can definitely see us producing more homemade products in the upcoming years. If we do, then I know we will share it all with you here.

Merry Christmas everyone.

14 comments:

Patricia Rockwell said...

Very impressive! You are true artists!

Judy Harper said...

Beautiful cards. I love the envelope lining! What did the cards say on the inside? As Patricia says, very impressive!

Mike Foster said...

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and amazing 2010!

peace,
Mike
Happy Holidays from livelife365

destrella said...

Wow, makes my crappy dollar store cards look pretty bad. Yours are beautiful! :O)

Lenox Knits said...

I love them. I think the wax was the perfect finishing touch. I will have to try that myself. It gives a very personal and vintage feel to the card.

Agnes said...

Wow -- beautiful! I love handmade things.
Merry Christmas to you and Brit Boy :-)))

Ivanhoe said...

Merry Christmas to you both! :o)

BK said...

That was an awesome project. I know I'll feel important if I am to receive a card like these. :)

Jennifer said...

I love the cards -- and the lining on the envelopes is such a special touch!

Merry Christmas, you two!

campbele said...

This is nice. This is Chistmas!!

MA Fat Woman said...

Beautiful cards!

RE Ausetkmt said...

Good Work You Guys. those are really beautiful. no doubt they'll be keepers. happy holidays to my friends in the yellow house.

Dori said...

So glad that you all liked our Christmas cards! In answer to Judy's question, the insides mirrored the outside of the cards. It was easy to get all inspired creating these :) And the wax seals were so fun to do. I think this will be our thing from now on :) Merry Christmas everybody!

Roz said...

Those are gorgeous cards! They look like Victorian Christmas cards! I love the lined envelopes too and the seal is a great idea!

It's nice also that you made them together. My husband is just not interested in making cards!!

Hope that you both had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very happy 2010,

Roz