Thursday, December 3, 2015

My Mixed Media Holiday Cards

Hello Friends :)

I usually make my holiday cards every year. I didn't say always...because I have skipped a year here and there. But I do try :) I have a long history of rubber stamping...So I have used that as my method of card making for years upon years. I think it is a perfect way to make cards...but it isn't the only way. This year I decided to let my cards reflect my love of mixed media. Lots of textures and layers and crazy in your face color. However, I did not want to do this one by one... painstakingly creating masterpieces that will probably go right into the bin after Christmas. I came up with an idea to do my cards semi assembly line style (except I just can't make the same thing over and over after years of mass card making for convention swaps). I decided to use Gelli printing as my base layers by creating a mixed media masterboard. Then that lovely piece could be cut up and be the base element on my cards. It worked just lovely :) My first one netted me 19 cards and 8 package tags. I will be making another board with the left over prints. I already had 10 cards created with scraps from a art journal layout..so I am up to a cool 29 already! This was a fun and easy project and a quick way to make cards that represent my style :)

If you want to see how I did this...you can watch my Part 1 and Part 2 videos on my Youtube channel..

Part 1 - The Gelli printing


Part 2 -  The mixed media masterboard and card assembly



And here are the card designs I completed so far :) Maybe you will get one in the mail.






I hope you like my card idea and will be inspired. If you are..leave me a comment!
< Shel





16 comments:

  1. Shel, your cards are absolutely fabulous - such an inspiration! I'm heading to the studio now to do some Gelli printing and start my collection! Many thanks for your post and videos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you +Win Dinn :) I am glad I inspired you to get out the gelli plate and have some fun!

      Delete
  2. Great idea, Shel. I love the way it makes each card individual, but also part of a series.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tracy :) Yes they all seem coordinated when viewed as a group but I don't get bored doing the same thing over and over.

      Delete
  3. Awesome, Shel!!!! The colors are so dreamy and cool!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Patty :) I knew you would like the purple ones :)

      Delete
  4. your cards and tags turned out great. love your gelli paper and that you used it for your cards

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Belinda :) This is a totally fun project!

      Delete
  5. Those are so pretty!!! Going to watch your videos tonight after work - thanks for sharing! (your natural elements tags went out today - expected to drive to you Monday. *cheers*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Sue :) Can't wait to see the tags!

      Delete
  6. Great cards Shel, just might have to get my gelli plate out again soon x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Angela :) I hope you do get your gelli printing on :)

      Delete
  7. Lovely cards, Shel! I don't blame you for not wanting to do the red and green thing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Zsuzsa. Yes I keep hearing red and green makes brown..LOL

      Delete
  8. You are so clever dear Shel! And I feel your pain about the handmade cards going into the bin- argh!!
    These are beautiful and I love the way you created them! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jackie :) Yes..a handmade item should never get binned!

      Delete

Thank you for your comments. I read every one :)