Not only did I do some card embossing, but I also wanted to try working with stencils. I don’t love the end result, but I think Im onto something good. Next year when I work with stencils, Ill find a stencil that works better. Well any way, on to the card.
I started by finding a simple, yet Christmasy design online. Using Illustrator I turned it into a vector, resized it and then printed it. I happen to own copier transparencies (which you can find at Staples), so I photo copied the design onto the clear transparency.
Then I cut out all the black parts, to create the stencil. Be sure to use a design that doesn’t get too intricate. This was my mistake. The black lines were so close together, there wasn’t much surface area to keep the strength of the stencil.
I chose black paper and gold paint to be classy. I probably should have chose a more Christmas-esque pallet, but this felt regal.
I reused the stencil many times and even tried using white paint (snowy?). Be sure to use blue painters tape so that it doesn’t rip the paper.
Here’s the final product. I would then write in, using a gold gel pen, Happy Holidays and a personalized greeting.
Next year I plan to work more with spray paint. I’m really bummed I didn’t get to work with it this year, but time didn’t allow it.
So I leave you with my full arrangement of holiday cards! Hopefully this gives you some ideas (and you can learn from my mistakes).