For the past couple of weeks I have been carrying around my cardmaking supplies, creating a card here, a card there... during lunch, a few minutes after work (before heading down to the post office), at home before bed. Here's what I've been using:
- My favorite Fabriano Medioevalis cardstock
- Hand-carved stamps
- Black stamp pad
- "Satin rose" stamp pad
- Japanese glitter and metallic pens
It was fun to bust out the old Japanese pens; they add just the right amount of sparkle and shine worthy of a holidlay card. For the most part, though, the cards are pretty plain. Here's an example:
I explored a few different designs but ended up with an asymmetrical string of lights across the front of the card. At first I randomly stamped the light bulb and added the "cord" with a black Sharpie, but then started drawing the line first and stamping afterwards. Some have the bulbs colored in, too. Just whatever I felt like. I added stars or snowflakes in rose gold. "merry and bright!" is the phrase I used most often; but some cards say "comfort + joy" or "happy holidays" or the four Advent themes of "hope, joy, love, peace."
Today is the last day I'll be making cards, as time's basically up. I didn't pressure myself this year to write to everyone in my address book. Instead, I just jotted names and addresses as they came to mind. No-pressure cardwriting, what a concept.
I'll spend the next few days penning some new year's cards to send abroad, since I didn't come up with the design in time. Better get to practicing my Japanese!