Vellum Photo Christmas Card

Vellum Photo Christmas Card


Welcome everyone! If you’ve been on my You
Tube channel lately you know that I’ve made several Christmas and Holiday cards over the
last couple of months, but I thought I would share with you today the actual Christmas
card that my family sends out to our family and friends. I make a photo card that has
some handmade touches every year and I send about 200 of these out. This is the version
I made this year. I wasn’t going to share it on a video or on my blog, but I shared
it on Instagram. Some peeks of it on Instagram and a lot of people asked for the video so
I thought I would show you. Now I will be honest I’ve made 200 of these I’m kind of
done making them. So, I’m just going to show you kind of the process that I went through,
but not make one of the cards. Yes I did spend quite a bit of time making these cards, but
it’s really important to me. It’s something that I am really thankful that I did every
year. Even if it causes a lot of panic right around the holiday time. Okay, so here is
a look at the card I sent. I almost always do a 5×7 card and I almost always include
a photo. So on here I have a white piece of card stock with a photo attached to it where
I trimmed just a little bit of the top and bottom off it. And on the back of the card
I have printed some personal updates on the family. So I talk about what each person likes
play, what each person does for school and work. Now, for the messages on the front where
I did the heat embossing on the vellum overlay, I used these stamps that I had custom created
at simonstamps.com. So, basically all I did was create the image of these words and I
uploaded them to their website and they create there wood mounted rubber stamps and they’re
great. It’s not that expensive and I’ve done this many years in the past and I think it’s
just a fun way to make a card personal. Now, the tool that I use to really save a lot of
time on these cards is the MISTI Stamping Tool. You might have seen this in one of my
previous videos. It’s a very popular tool right now for stamping and it is fantastic
for mass producing. The nice thing about this tool is you can use rubber from wood mounted
stamps, you just take the rubber off, or you can use clear stamps with it. Now I’m actually
using both today. So now when I normally use this I take my card and put it in the bottom
corner, but today I’m kind of have it float up in the middle here. Up against the edge,
but at the 8 inch mark. Because my rubber stamp is actually bigger than my card. So,
I’m lining it up with that 8 inch mark every time I do this. I created one card to use
as my guide. So I have it positioned right in place inside the stamping tool. Now, I’m
taking the rubber off that wood mounted stamp. I just peeled it off. Putting it exactly where
I want it on my card and then closing the MISTI tool on it and now my stamp is perfectly
positioned onto my MISTI tool. So I can stamp this over and over and over again. So I’m
going to go ahead and create one. I have piece of 5×7 vellum here. This is actually a thick
vellum. I love this thick vellum from Ellen Hudson. Its 43 lbs. I just found this and
I’m really excited about it. So I have my piece. I’m going to line it up with my 8 inch
mark and I’m going to put my magnetic there. You don’t have to if you don’t want to, but
it helps keep that vellum in place. Going to ink up my greeting here with VersaMark
ink and I just close it onto my vellum and it will be perfectly positioned where I want
it. So now what I did when I was creating my cards is I did 10 of these at once. So
I went through and stamped 10 of these at once and then I went and put this Gold Tinsel
embossing powder on all 10 of them at once. Then I heat set 10 of them at once. This saves
a lot of time, doing it this way. Because your heat gun will get good and hot, so it
will quickly melt all of that embossing powder and you’ll have all 10 done at once. I just
go through and do all of them over and over again until I get all 200 done with this gold
embossing powder. I really like this Gold Tinsel embossing powder on the vellum. I think
it’s really fun and nice and shiny. Now if you don’t have the MISTI Tool you could just
go ahead and stamp this normally. So all the stamping on maybe 10 of them and then do all
the adding of the embossing powder and then all the heat setting. Now for the other greeting
on here. I have unmounted that rubber there. I’m just going to put it exactly where I want
it. I had to put some adhesive on the back of it, because it wasn’t sticky enough to
stick to my tool. Positioning it exactly where I want it and now I have it positioned. Now
I can start stamping this sentiment on all of the pieces. This time I’m going to use
white embossing powder. I used gold before. I like the mix of the different colors of
the embossing powder. Yes, it did take me some time to do the three different colors
of embossing powder that I end up with. But I definitely thought it was worth it. You
could have done them all in the same and saved a lot of time. Okay, so now I’m going to go
ahead and heat set this. I always let my gun get good and hot before I bring it to my vellum
because I don’t want to warp the vellum. Since this is very heavy vellum it shouldn’t
warp at all anyways. By the way, when you’re doing this much heat embossing I recommend
doing it over a big container because it really keeps it contained. Okay so this is the last
step that I did on the card. I did these stars. I did it the exact same way. I positioned
all the stars on my card, then I closed the MISTI Tool onto it and then I had them ready
to go so I could stamp them all. That time I used a Blue Glitter embossing powder from
WOW. The stars are from a Simon Says Stamp clear stamp set. So it has a ton of little
stars in this set. It’s called Lots of Stars. So I was able to do all the stars at once.
So to finish off this card I did some sewing across the top. I love to add a little bit
of sewing on my holiday cards, because I think it really adds that homemade feel. This time
I used a silver thread and it’s really quick to just go through it and do a whole line
of that sewing and then move onto the next one. I don’t do anything different to finish
off the edges. I just cut them and let it stick off. It doesn’t bother me at all. But
it kind of holds it all together. Then you can just lift that vellum overlay to see the
photo underneath. Now to mail these cards, I used two different envelopes. I used a gold
shimmer and a silver shimmer. I’ll link to those. Then I put some fun washi tape to close
it up. That’s my Holiday card. So it does take a little but it something that I really
think is very important to me. There are many ways you can go about simplifying this design
if it’s something that you would want to try next year. There are many great stamps out
there that you could use if you’re not interested in creating your own. But I wanted to show
you want I created since many people had asked. Now some of the products that I use are linked
below in my YouTube description, you can find that there. Or you can go over to my blog
at jennifermcguireink.com where I much more information for you. I want to wish you all
the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of Holidays. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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