Be Jolly

Hello! And thanks for stopping by today for this very quick post to share with you a tip for making Christmas cards (if you are like me and want to make a lot!). When it comes to Christmas, I end up posting out a stack of cards – between family, friends and swap groups I end up with quite the list. As much as it would be easier if I designed one card and mass produced it, it’s not something I really like to do. I like the variety of creating many cards – but I am also a realist and am well aware of the time constraints I have in my life. So as a compromise, I end up doing lots of mini-batches – where I come up with a design and make a few cards in the same style..but not so many that I feel like a processing plant! And I also remind myself…that although I might have 6 identical cards on my desk to post out….the recipients will only receive one of them – and it will be handmade, unique and treasured.

Today’s cards use the stamp set Be Jolly. This is a set combining cute sentiments with imagery designed to be coloured. All of the images are pretty easy to fussy cut out, but they are also sized nicely to fit on die cut circles so if fussy cutting isn’t you thing – you don’t need to!

The DSP I have used on the cards comes from the Heartwarming Hugs 12×12 pack. I love this paper so much and was thrilled when it returned for another year. Although I love the whimsical Christmas cards made from non-traditional colours, I am always drawn back to the traditions reds and greens. They are definitely my favourite during the festive season. I have also added a strip of the Be Dazzling Sale-A-Bration freebie paper for a bit of sparkle.

All of the images are coloured with blends, definitely my favourite colouring medium. I’ve said before that when it comes to these imagery stamp sets I tend to stamp a bunch of images, colour them all in, cut them all out and then I have left over coloured images ready to go when I need them later.

I hope you managed to squeeze in some relaxation time over the long weekend (crafting or otherwise!). Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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