Since I’m not much of a traditionalist when it comes to my creative adventures, I thought it would be interesting to work with traditional Christmas colours and motifs – read, green, white and hearts.
My materials of choice may not have been too traditional, but still, my little army of cards is nodding rather politely to Christmases past I’d say.
As usual, lighting has been a challenge through the process, but here they are, “New Traditions 1-40”.
Background: velvety taffeta curtain from thrift shop layered with batting and backing (spray basted), cut into 4 ½” wide (5”??) strips, narrow vertical strip of gorgeous linen scrap appliquéd to the centre, cut into squares, and zigzag stitched around the edges.
Trimmings: small square of thrifted hand woven linen cloth
thrifted wallpaper heart cut freehand with scissors
quilted heart cut freehand from material leftover from stocking posted here
free motion stitched to the background involving quite a bit of muscles, tugging and needle changing.
and for hanging: ornament loops slipped in between the layers
Even though not an obvious Christmas green, the taffeta is not greyish at all as the added white will prove.
Despite careful measuring, one card ended up ¼” too short, and I didn’t even notice until I lined them all up for photographing. Oh well, never mind.
This year I will probably go back to the rectangular format as these would not fit into the standard small envelopes, but the cards of 2013 just had to be square.
These would make great Valentine cards or even birthday cards as well, don’t you think? I'll be adding this post to my tutorial page in case you would like to revisit it later.
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