Each year I am trying so hard to send Christmas cards to my family and each year I am failing catching myself that it's 23 December and I am just in the middle of the queue for Christmas carp. This year I tried so hard to make it finally happen that I planned it in November. And voilà - success!
Nila helped me this time - her feet is stamped into a card. The rest is my artwork, but it probably looks more like a 5yo drawing of a reindeer. Aaaaaanyway... I packed them into envelopes, stamped and from today on they are all in post machine - let's hope they will arrive to their recipients before Christmas!
|Some utensils and materials. A pink foot belongs to Nila of course.|
To make a Foot - Reindeer Christmas Card we'll need:
- a baby wishing to cooperate - yours would be best (but any newborn will do the trick, just ask someone for help with holding him)
- ink pad - something non-toxic to avoid any allergies on sensitive baby skin (I have Yellow Owl Workshop Pink Stamp Ink Pad)
- blank cards and envelopes (mine were 10cm x 10 cm from Modulor - Artoz Creative Colors)
- gold paint marker (I have edding 751 paint marker gloss)
- glitter (for example Flitter ultrafine glitter Rayhera)
- drying glue (like Tessa Alleskleber Wasserfest)
- other decorative accents (I chose sticker stars from Paper Poetry and paper stars from Modulor and stamps from Paper Poetry 'Made with Love'. I would choose much more but I am a very reasonable young woman. Very.)
How to make it:
- Prepare all the cards and ink pad somewhere close to where you place the baby - easy to be done with additional person but alternatively you can do it on the changing table as well.
- Smear this little feet into ink pad and slowly stamp it onto the card - be sure that you have it right direction of the card opening.
- Stamp the cards as quick as possible - I had over 20 which took me two evenings! You're probably well aware by now how limited is newborn's patience for adult ideas.
- Wash little feet under the sink or clean it with wet wipes. It's good to bath the baby afterwards and put it to sleep - to have time for the next part of cardmaking.
- Time to revive the reindeer. Draw reindeer's antlers with golden marker - they're a bit more rounded at the edges and thicker than deer ones.
- Draw reindeer's eyes - the easiest option are the closed sleepy ones. Cuteness overload.
- To maximise cuteness effect sprinkle some freckles. Yes, reindeers can have freckles. The magic ones.
- Make a glue spot where the nose should be and cover it with glitter. Whisk away the excessive amount of it on your husband / dog / friend as a Christmas mood bringing prank.
- You can add a decorative bauble or star hanging from reindeer's antlers - so it's Christmas².
- Leave your creations overnight to let them dry.
|Please don't pay attention to my 'designer' industrial floor.|
For me sending paper Christmas cards is one of the most beautiful old custom that requires some engagement - time and effort sacrifice plus a dash of creativity - a very rare characteristics nowadays. Collecting addresses, writing Christmas wishes by hand, going to the post office - it sounds nearly like a Mission Impossible! So receiving a card like that means a lot to me and it shows also how much I care about my family. A lot.
I can suggest two places for shopping for all arts&crafts and 'Do-It-Yourself' materials - Modulor on Moritzplatz (Kreuzberg) and Boesner (Prenzlauer Berg, Charlottenburg, Marienfelde).
Warning! These places are addictive and you might want to leave there all your money - you'll realise that all these long time ago pinned DIY from Pinterest can COME TRUE.
Enter at your own risk.