I had a hard time with Christmas cards this year. At one point I gave serious consideration to not sending any...I was that far behind in every phase of holiday preparations. But I knew I would regret it as there are people on the Christmas list we only communicate with once a year.
Then, on a whim, I decided to make my own. It probably makes no sense in anyone else's mind but my own how if I don't have time to send cards, I'd have time to make them but I was motivated. Even though I don't consider myself a card-maker, I've done handmade Christmas cards before...but not often. Those were stamped, hand-colored and embellished; I didn't have time for that this year. If I was going to make cards, they were going to have to be simple. And if I could use my new cutter, that would be a bonus.
Here's the whole herd of little reindeer cards I ended up creating. They were such fun to make. In fact, I smiled the whole time I was doing them, and seeing them in the photo makes me smile again. And given that, I placed this message inside: May your Christmas be filled with things that make you smile.
They went together pretty quickly. There are two similar files in the Silhouette store but I chose the one on the circle simply because I liked the second design that went with it. Then I created the tag shape by drawing a rectangle and welding a circle to the top of it. Copy and overlap that, weld them together and you've got a card. I even added a perforated line in the middle to make folding quick and easy.
I printed a draft of the message then used removable adhesive to glue the card to the draft and ran it back through the printer again because I was cutting my cards from 12x12 paper but had I been working with 8.5x11, I think I could have used the print and cut feature. I just haven't played around with that and didn't figure this was the time to start.
So the cards went from a chore to crafting fun, made all the better because I had everything on hand to do them instead of swimming in the tide of Christmas shoppers one more time. The quirky little faces on the reindeer made me smile as I put them in the envelopes and I hope they had the same on those who pulled them out.