Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Postcards

I've been making Christmas postcards for several years and I finished the ones for this year already! It's still November, I'm rarely this on top of things. I make them in an assembly line so the process goes quite fast. First is to decide what to do and this year I got my inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There was an article on home made decorations photographed against a background of pine boughs from a linocut. I drew my own sized to fit a 4" x 6" postcard, added Happy Holidays and then made it into a thermofax screen. For fabric I chose a very pale hand dyed golden brown cotton damask, put Misty Fuse on the back, cut it up into postcard sized squares and printed.
When the paint was dry the fabric was fused to Timtex, cut into 4"x 6" pieces. I cut small red circles from a discarded shiny red coffee bean bag.
Stacked them by the sewing machine, stitched around the red circle and added more stitching to create a bow so the ball was hanging from a branch.
Muslin was then fused to the back side of the Timtex, taken back to the machine and the edges were zig zagged.
The backs were signed and dated. I've been to the post office and purchased stamps, now all I have to do is address them, write a message and mail them.
The two pieces of fabric that I showed last week on my design wall have now become one piece. Nothing has been sewn together yet - but it will be.
Today marks the last day of the third year of my daily photo blog
Daily Stitching #256 - #261 This post is now linked to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday.

14 comments:

  1. Cute Christmas cards. I'm liking the orange and blue piece.

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  2. Love the post cards. Lucky the recipients! I also like the blue and orange; it's always a good combo.

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    1. Blue and orange; probably my all time favorite combo.

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  3. I really like your daily project journal. It must keep you on track.... an idea I will try to emulate. The straight forward tutorial on making a quilted postcard is great. I have made them, but this outline of the steps make it seem easier than I remember. Come visit me at Off the Wall Fridays, too! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Marit. The daily stitching is wonderful - it gets me into the studio everyday and in the end I'll have a finished quilt! Postcards are fun and recipients seem to love them. I'll be by to visit your blog also.

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  4. Linda, love your postcard ideas! I've got a stack of coffee bags. I make tweak your idea to fit my supplies! Thanks for being so inspiring!

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  5. Your cards are lovely, thank you for sharing a good idea!

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    1. You're welcome Vera - enjoy making some.

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  6. I love your postcards! what a great idea! I'm enjoying your daily stitch too! I'm a new follower so I'm going back through your old posts!

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    1. Welcome and thanks for joining me on my journey.

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  7. I envy your ability to be ahead of the game cith your cards. They are lovely and unique. It is fun to see pictures of all the steps.

    Congrats on your 3rd anniversary taking daily photos. That is quite a commitment and an interesting way to share your eye with the rest of us.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen. I may be ahead of the game getting them done, but they are still sitting here waiting for the next step!

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