I know, we didn’t even have Thanksgiving yet! The stores are filled with Christmas items and there are sales going on everywhere. There is a big retail panic going on. Christmas is no longer a ‘thing’ for me. I don’t need anything, except a new kitchen sink and that will be my Christmas present, really. Sometime in December I will haul down the 3 foot pink tree, already decorated and laden with baubles, from the loft. That will be my tribute to Christmas. Although I grew up with Christmas being a big celebration and I loved it as much as any child, I am not a religious person and no longer feel that I need to get into the Christmas spirit, whatever that may be.
However, I do like to send out cards. I made some cards last year and only have a few left over. Luckily I found some more blank card stock. The problem with my card stock is that when you stick something onto it, the card is very difficult to get into the envelope. That’s what happens when you buy cheap card stock. To get around this, I used the gelli-plate. It is easy to make tree stencils and they fit the size of my card. I used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil. Here is a sample:
As you can see, they are all different. I used some gelatos to fill in some bits where the paint didn’t stick and I got a nice grunge effect on some of the cards. I didn’t wipe my gel plate. I used student grade paint which is great to use on the gel plate and as most likely these may end up ultimately in the recycling bin. I also had some Christmas washi tape purchased at Lidl that I used to embellish some of the cards. These didn’t take long to make and I had a bit of fun too!