The Christmas card season is upon us
yet again. Well, not quite, but soon enough the time will be here to pick and send Christmas cards for your friends and family.
I don't know about you but I find traipsing round market stall a real chore,
although I do relish the opportunity to connect with friends and family to wish them
a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The only question now is ‘what card
do I send?
One thing is for sure, real paper Christmas cards are
always the choice I make. An "e-card" Christmas greeting is just not the same. Don’t get lazy and think you can send an e-card and be off the hook for Christmas cards. Sending a Christmas card
whether it be hand made, hand painted or even a pre-printed card with your genuine
Christmas message printed or written inside is a long standing tradition that should be honoured.
Christmas cards don’t have to be a chore
especially as painting is one of my hobbies anyway . So I just use it as an
opportunity to practice my watercolour painting skills. Just remember it's
important to select your cards based on your audience, take the time to write a nice
Christmas greeting and you’ll have made a lot of people very happy.
Designing and creating your own line of
Christmas cards is an enjoyable way to give a little more of yourself than the manufactured snowman or stocking. It's also an opportunity to get creative.
Painting your own Christmas cards can
also save you money. It's easy and economical and if you have kids this is the perfect activity to do with them while they are on their breaks from school. If you aren't a very good painter or if your kids are working with you Christmas themed stencils are a great idea to use on your painted Christmas cards.
You can choose to draw the stencil image onto the card or simply paint over it while it is on the watercolour paper.
I buy blank cards with a cut out in the
front, I paint the picture then stick it on the inside of the cut out. Then I
cut print and fix the interior page and
fix a Merry or Happy Christmas sticker on the front as you can see in the examples below.
Note: You can view a bigger
version of the handmade greetings cards by placing your mouse
curser on the image and click. A new window will open with the
bigger image. When finished viewing, just close the window and
come back here to view the other handmade greetings cards.
If you would like to know how to paint
a snow scene, make a greetings card or how to make a beautiful framed picture
form one of my watercolour greetings cards simply follow the Art and Craft links
on my Home Page.