It’s creeping up on us! Lists are being made and checked twice, menus are being planned, the shops are full, lights are twinkling and the super-organised are actually wrapping! There is still plenty of time to add a personal touch to your gift and Handmade favourite, Kirsten McCulloch of Lillibean Designs has not one, but two projects that will help you do just that. Over to you Kirsten…
EVERY CHRISTMAS I WANT TO CREATE HANDMADE CARDS FOR A FEW SPECIAL PEOPLE IN MY LIFE…
…and every year I seem to run out of time + the energy to make them. And as we pack the Christmas tree back into its box for another year, I remember all these fun little ideas that I wanted to do, and yet they too are packed away in a dusty box until next year.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR!
I just had to share with you how I made them and the download sheets I used to make them, because they seriously took less than an afternoon to make and maybe you (or your kids) would like to make a unique one of a kind card for your loved ones this Christmas.
When I started, I didn’t have a plan. I just knew I wanted something a little Christmassy so I sketched a couple of angels, an elf, a reindeer + a snowy bauble. (Download Links for these at the end of the post.)
I then pulled out some card stock I had (but you could make your own from a piece of cardboard), and every single Christmas themed thing in my studio – I’m talking scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper scraps, tissue paper, old christmas tags, recipes + dictionary pages that I have. (Yes my name is Kirstin and I am a member of the hoarders collective!)
Along with some glitter, my glue stick, sharpie pens, pencils + one of my favourite artists tool – the white posca pen! (These are available from art + craft type shops and are hands down the BEST white pen I have found.) I worked on both cards at a time, but I will share the process of each card separately for continuity.
I started on my brown card + glued down a bit of a christmas pudding recipe from my grans old cook books, a gift bag that I’d kept + snow flake wrapping paper. I then glued down my angel + started colouring her in. You could use crayon, watercolour or acrylic paints or even decoupage your angel if you want.
I used a mixture of my kids’ pencils + my water colour pencils. I also used a black pencil scribbled around her outline to make her pop a bit more from the background. I watered down some gold acrylic paint for her ‘halo’, wings, sign + trimmings. I then went over the lines with a black marker, wrote my christmas message and added a bit of shading.
CARD NUMBER TWO…
I started with a shimmery white card. Again I didn’t really know what I was going to make, and ripped up a bit of paper. When I lay the present paper down, it reminded me of the bauble that I had sketched so I decided to make it a bit of a landscape – with the snow flakes the sky. After cutting out my sketches and playing a bit this was my favourite composition so I glued it down.
I again used a mixture of pencils and added a rough shadow for my elements. My reindeer needed something a bit ‘extra’ so when in doubt add gold bling!
I LOVE this white pen! It draws on absolutely anything. I used it to add snowflakes to the card itself, colour in the trees + add some cute white spots to my reindeer. I used my black marker to make my images stand out. See how much of a difference such a simple thing makes.
AND THAT’S HOW SIMPLE IT IS TO MAKE SOMETHING UNIQUE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE THIS CHRISTMAS!
I had thought to give these to my two gorgeous grandmothers, but two of my girls have already claimed these for their teachers. I guess I will have to make some more, but considering the whole project took less than an afternoon it won’t be hard to do.
SO NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
Here are pdf versions of the original sketches I used that you can download.
We’d really like to thank Kirstin for her inspiration and for sharing this project with us. She’d love your feedback and to look at your creations, so if you want to share the unique way you have used these sketches, use the hashtag #makelillibean or tag @lillibeandesigns in your post. And head to Lillibean Designs for more Christmas craft projects.