I resolved fairly early on this year that I would not be spending money on Yule/Christmas/insert winter festival here. Or, at least, as little as possible. I already own so much stuff which could be turned into cards, presents and decorations, it seemed ridiculous to go out and buy more. I also strongly dislike the commercialism which seems to have become synonymous with the season, and I dislike shopping at the best of times, let alone during the December rush.
Therefore, I sent a combination of cards I had been given, cards I had leftover from previous years, and some handmade cards using materials I already had. I had bought several packs of used Christmas stamps several years ago at a car boot sale-I think they were about 30p for about 30 stamps in a pack. I gave quite a few of them to my grandmother for her incredible collaged cards (which I will show at a later date!), but I still had some left over.
I also had some tiny mini postcards which I had, again, bought several years ago and never got round to using. They came with matching tiny envelopes and I was just itching to find a special use for them. So the two seemed like a natural pairing. The stamps made a perfectly sized centrepiece on the mini cards, and there were some really beautiful images with interesting postmarks over them.
Once they were glued onto the cards, it was easy to embellish them with little glittery hearts, metallic gel pens and coloured pens. I tried to pick out colours and patterns used in the stamps and echo them in the drawn designs around the edge.
Although simple, I think they were really rather effective, and they are quite quirky, which I love.
It was really lovely to make these, I haven't been doing much drawing recently and it was good to have a small scale project to work on to get back into it.
My favourites are the angels and the Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim card-I went a bit crazy with colours on that one and it was fun to make.
I just hope the recipients like them as much as I do!