#ShareAdvent: DIY Christmas cards

Just over a week ago I told you all that I would be participating in #ShareAdvent, organised by the lovely Anna over at Skin and Blister. Today’s theme is ‘Make a Christmas Craft/Write Cards’ so I’m sharing my DIY Christmas cards.

Let me first say that whilst I love DIY and the idea of crafting, I lack the time and the patience for prolonged projects. I have made my own Christmas cards on and off for several years now, but the last couple of years have got the better of me leaving me feeling sad that I hadn’t had time to do something I enjoyed. I was thrilled to resurrect the tradition this year with a few tweaks.

In the past I have kept things super easy by using rubber stamps and silver or gold ink with a few simple designs. This year I decided to try something similar but with a little more impact – embossing. I haven’t done this since I was a Guide in my teens, but I knew all I needed additional to my stamps was the embossing powder and heat tool – available quite cheaply online or if you’re in a rush like me, at Hobbycraft.

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to colour and love Scandi style Christmas decor so opted for a red glitter to emboss onto white cards. I also read somewhere that dark colours and jewel tones look more expensive and as I’m obsessed with rose gold and copper tones when I saw a copper embossing powder I thought it would look nice on Navy cards for a luxe option.

It’s really easy to do – simply apply your stamp with either a toning or clear ink to the card (checking it is the right way up first!)

  • Next cover the stamped area in embossing powder then shake off onto a loose piece of paper you can use to tip the powder back into the pot with.
  • Make sure you brush any loose pieces of embossing powder off the edges of your design as they will be fixed once heated.

  • Hold the embossing tool (just a craft heating tool like a small hairdryer,) over the design moving it around and allowing the embossing powder to melt.
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork!

Have you ever made your own Christmas cards?


Found: Bonjour Pony Christmas Cards

It’s that time again… Christmas is less than 4 weeks away now and it’s on our minds here at Florence Finds. I’m ridiculously proud today to be featuring one of the first Dream. Find. Do. students, Jenny from Bonjour Pony. I’ll admit, I was nervous to have an actual graphic designer attend our workshop, all the while wondering if we would actually teach her anything worthwhile when it came to photoshop. I’m pleased to say we did. What was more pleasing however was to have someone so stylish and creative along for the ride, who I still keep in touch with now and hope to do so for a long time.

As well as her blog, Jenny also has a Bonjour Pony shop and recently showcased her Christmas card designs…

Graphic Christmas Cards from Bonjour Pony

If you’re looking for something different this year for your cards, maybe a few special ones for a particular friend, or you know someone who loves a new take on Christmas, you’re going to love these. This is just a small selection of the designs Jenny offers so do go and check out her shop and leave a comment if you like these. She also stocks greetings cards and A4 prints.


PS Find Jenny on her blog, Bonjour Pony, or on Twitter @BonjourPony
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