Printing Christmas Cards

Although it seems like it’s a long way off I’m afraid to report that it really isn’t….yep, Christmas is coming  and in about 9wks time eekk! For me this is the busiest time of my year and I’ve been making fused glass Christmas decorations since the heatwave back in July so on this rare weekend off I decided it was time to get my Christmas cards made.

This year I am running workshops at The Make it Room, Howe Green, Chelmsford and Craft Classes at Beautiful Things, Ingrave, Brentwood in making Christmas cards, tags and wrap with lino printing techniques. As a result of this I have fully stocked card making and print making boxes and thought that it would be a good opportunity to make my seasonal cards slightly differently this year.

ImageI made a start by drawing a design onto a fab product called ‘easy carve lino’. It is so much easier to carve into than the old fashioned lino tiles with a hessian back. No more heating your lino on a radiator or under a hot tap to made it soft enough to carve into (I’ll bet this brings back some memories of school art lessons for a few of you!), this stuff is soft enough straight away 🙂 

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I’ve deliberately left the cut lines showing. It will help to create a flow within the design and adds to the character of a lino print. As I was planning on printing this onto white card I removed everything I wanted to look snowy.Image

As many a crafter will understand, going into Hobbycraft can be a costly experience…far too many tempting things to buy to add to an already bulging craft cupboard!!! The other week I spotted mini letter stamps and thought they’d be great for the printing workshops and thankfully they work as well as I hoped they would.Image

I might have got a little carried away as I printed onto the envelopes with the lino and the letter stamps too….is it possible for things to look too pretty at Christmas?! no, thought not hehe…….and Mum, before you say anything, yes there is an enveloped printed for you and Dad too, it’s just underneath some of these!

By the time I got to printing out some wrapping paper I had company…..far too curious for her own good 🙂Image

If you’d like to have a go at making your own designs my workshops at The Make It Room, Chelmsford are on Tues 5th Nov 10-12.30, Weds 13th Nov 6-8.30pm and Thurs 21st Nov 9-11.30 am. Booking is via http://www.themakeitroom.co.uk/epages/587985.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/587985/Categories/Workshops/Christmas

If you live closer to Brentwood the workshops there are on Thurs 14th Nov 10-1pm and booking is via http://www.clairemackaness.com/adultclasses.html

Materials will be provided and you’ll be able to take you pieces of lino home with you so if you need to print more cards/tags/paper then you’ll be able to 🙂

Hope to see some of you soon.

 

 

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Preparing for Christmas Fairs

It’s a busy time of year for any crafter with lots of fairs to prepare for, stock to make, packaging to sort out, websites to keep updated…..I could go on and if you do fairs I’m sure you can easily add things to this list.

Over the past week I’ve been making new Christmas themed stock and today started to pull it all together with the packaging and thinking about how to display it on my craft stall. I’ve been posting images of some of the new glass designs onto facebook and they’ve been well received which has led to sales and me making lots more glass stockings. They are a simple design but I am happy to create lots of them as I can make them all slightly different which means it’s continually interesting to do….not so sure I could focus on making as many Father Christmas’ or snowmen!

 

Today I spent several hours adding ribbon to hang the decorations, sorting them into sets and putting them into gift bags. Then came a rummage through the garage to see what display baskets I had for the stall…..I was definitely glad that the kiln was kicking out a fair amount of heat brrrrr it was cold today wasn’t it! Anyway I think the cupcake stand was a perfect solution and might even be a suitable mini xmas tree substitute….what do you think? I’ll decide towards the end of the week I think.

Next on the ‘to do’ list were the Christmas cards and Santa keys. I’m suspecting the keys could be a top seasonal seller this year based on how well they have been received so far. I’ll be sending some over to Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood too.

 

All this creativity is great for my business  but not so good for the tidiness of the house…..my kitchen is madness this eve….Does anyone ever manage to craft neatly?!?