This year I made Christmas cards with Gelli printed backgrounds. I included a photo like I usually do with my Christmas cards. This picture and old book pages are like Christmas baubles on the card.
I painted a thin layer of gesso on top of the old book pages and colored them a little with Distress Ink (which can hardly be seen in the picture). I put gesso on the pages, because I didn't want that text to be appear too clearly. I cut the circles by hand this time, because I didn't want perfect die-cut circles, because random circles look better on the anyway slightly "messy" card. I wrote the text around Christmas baubles before glued the circle on it (above) or inside the circles (below).
Most of the cards I made with red cardboard as a base, but also with white or gold (because variations are nice for the maker).
From a smaller photo I cut us completely out and glued on the circle. This way looks also fun! The picture is a little blurry on purpose, because of my anyway quite messy style of mixed media and a sharp image would pop out too much. For the same reason gessoed the pages of the book.
I used a Gelli-printing technique I learned from Birgit Koopsen's video and I made the pages by using a self-made texture block. These circles anyway fit well for a Christmas theme.
I stamped white paint on the corners with corrugated cardboard. With this stamping you should be careful not to put too much paint on the corrugated cardboard (or bubble wrap). Stamp the excess paint on a separate paper.
Mukavia jouluisia askarteluhetkiä!
I used an old animal book for the Christmas baubles. I picked the pages randomly and while cutting the circles I noticed that latest at this point I should check what they say, so they don't say anything inappropriate (I came across f.ex. animal hunting - not such a suitable text for Christmas!). :)
Enjoy your festive crafting moments!