Well maybe I am just a little bit. See I post around 150 cards every Christmas, and normally by July I have made well over half of them. This year I have made less than a dozen! July and August are so hot and sticky out here that I do essential crafting only, and in September I am in UK for two weeks. Seeing as I need to post my cards the first week of December at the latest, you can see I have very little time to get the other 140-odd cards made! So I have decided to make them in runs of ten or more and started with a card for Rudolph day today, which you can read all about on Sarn's blog, Stamping for Pleasure.
So for these I went to a very underused skill of my Silhouette Cameo machine - the Print & Cut technique. It is not something that has appealed to me so far, but having worked through a couple of tutorials on it, I can see it has potential for more than I had given it credit for. It certainly helped me speed up with this project.
First I found an image I liked on a Faye Whittaker CD, and with a bit of fiddling around, got it to open in my Silhouette software. Then I cropped it to a small oval and printed it ten times. These then cut with the machine in seconds. Here they are still adhered to the sticky carrier mat.
Next I found an oval frame in my silhouette file library, resized it to match the image and cut ten of these. I glued each image onto its frame, and then set about making the base cards. Once again I stayed with the small A6 cards for ease of international posting, using some burgundy card to match the frames. I made a set of backing papers with white paper and a variety of embossing folders. I rummaged through a box of Christmas bits and found ribbons, gems and labels to match the image, and die-cut a few sentiments and embellishments from the snippets left over from cutting the frames, and then it was just a case of sitting and putting them all together.
Last night I managed to assemble seven of them, and you can see the pieces ready to do the last three today. Here is a close up of two to show the lovely embossing detail.
The folder on the left is from Crafters Companion The Snowman range, and the one on the right was a gift from my lovely friend Di. I love it Di. Thank you so much. I also used two other folders on some of the others. It makes it more interesting to do a run if they are not all identical.Now I shall go and link this to Sarn's blog and think about what I am going to do for the next run!.