I am not going to use the ‘C’ word until December, but I noticed that a lot of people are making cards now. I can understand if you want to sell them that one has to be prepared months in advance, but I really can’t be thinking about all of that until after Thanksgiving.
When I first moved down to Eastbourne, I used to take a lot of photographs with a nice camera. I thought I would buy some card stock and print some of my photos and make cards. That never happened and I still had about 150 blank cards in my cupboard. I had used some for birthdays by cutting up some of my watercolors. I am trying really hard (really) not to buy new things if I can make do with what I have.
A couple of months ago I went through all of the prints I made on the gel plate. I had loads. Some came out really well and they have been put aside for matting. I had a lot more unsatisfactory prints than I have space for so I decided to use them to make cards with my supply of card stock. I spent a whole day just cutting up prints and making cards. Some of my gelli prints got a makeover as I learned a trick about putting a stencil on top of very dark paint and picking up a print with an old gel print. Only a little of the original remains. You can see an example on the card on the right.
I managed to use up most of my card stock and had about 30 left. Then a couple of weeks ago I wanted to do some printing but didn’t know what to print, so I decided to make some Xmas cards with the leftover card stock. I wasn’t going to make a template, but in the end I made a tree out of cardboard, rolled some ink on the 6×6 gel plate and got cracking. I started with greens and yellows but I preferred the reds, magenta and yellow.
I decided not to be too precious about the card making and some of them look rather primitive. Each card is different and I also used a stencil to fill in some areas. For some of the longer cards, I found a small stamp that says Happy C… that I could use on the white space below. By the time I finished making the cards, the template was completely covered in paint, so when it was dry I used it to make my last card so nothing got wasted.
It looks unlikely that I will be purchasing anymore cards for a while as I now have a stash of 100+ to get through!