Monday, 31 October 2011

12 Tips for Stress Free Christmas Card Making

I love Christmas and all the traditions that go with it. Making my Christmas cards is an annual pleasure and one that I have found much easier and less stressful by following a few simple rules. A little bit of forward planning makes such a difference and makes sure that you don’t have a nightmare before Christmas.

  1.  Start with a list of Christmas cards, split the list into three sections
    a. National post
    b. International post
    c. Hand delivery
  2. Make sure that you have up to date address details for all your postal cards well in advance, so that you have time to find out any missing information.
  3. Check and make a note of last posting dates for national and international deliveries.
  4. Buy postage stamps early to avoid standing in long queues at the post office.
  5. Make a note of any special cards that you want to make such as husband, mother, best friend etc.
  6. Plan your card designs and make a list of the items required to make them.
  7. For the bulk of your cards stick to one or two designs, this will speed up production and also allow you to purchase materials in larger quantities. It often helps to choose a colour scheme of 2 or 3 colours and design your cards around that. Don’t be too ambitious with your designs, there are a lot of other things to do at Christmas and you may run out of time.
  8. Always make a few extra cards for anyone that you have overlooked or last minute additions to your list, if you don’t use them you can put them away for next year.
  9. Buy your materials in good time, many suppliers have limited stocks of specific Christmas items so don’t miss out on the things that you want. If you are ordering items from the Internet allow time for their delivery.
  10. Make sure you have plenty of glue and adhesive foam pads.
  11. If you are making batches of cards of the same design, break the design down into stages and complete the same stage on each card before moving on to the next stage. This will be more efficient than completing each card individually.
  12. Let the children help where possible, they love to stick stamps on envelopes, punch out shapes or attach foam pads to cut shapes. Leave the tricky jobs until they are at school or in bed!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Free Papers for Christmas Craft

Busy, busy, busy with Christmas definitely on the horizon it's difficult to know what to do first! Our lovely new Christmas card toppers from Hunkydory Crafts have already been a big hit and we won't be able to get any more for christmas this year so hurry if you don't want to miss out.
I am dying to try them out myself but decided to make a some new papers for Christmas first. I have had a few ideas in mind for a while and have finally managed to get them online.

The papers are an assortment of colours and styles that can be used in all kinds of papercraft projects. They are all free to download so just log in to the site, order the designs that you like and you will recieve an email giving you a link to each of the files. You can save the files on your computer and print them out as often as you like.
I have used some non traditional colours for two of the papers, cool blue and red for the Christmas trees and rich jewel colours for the snowflake design. I couldn't resist the traditional red, green and gold for the trees and stars design.

My favourite is the Rocking Robins they are so cute and I have included a sheet of larger sized versions of the robins which you can use as card toppers, they would look really good on the snowy sky background and would make really cute cards for children. You could also back them on card and attach a ribbon to make gift tags. Here's a link to the Christmas papers section of the website.
Hope you like them!