It’s so lovely to receive hand-made cards but I always seem to be too busy to make them. Apart from one glorious year (when I was clearing old stocks of ‘Silly Bird’ cards and sent them to all my stitchy friends), I hardly ever manage to make cards. Next year perhaps.
Then there was the the year when we moved to our current address. As we moved just before Christmas, there was even less chance of anyone receiving a Christmas offering. However, it was a very snowy Christmas that year and we made full use of the fact that we had a post box opposite. Unable to persuade a friendly robin to oblige, we took one of our wooden bird ornaments over and made do with a photo of that on our cards. The neighbours were thus convinced very early on that the new folk at number 96 were a little weird but our friends loved the cards.
My stitching group, Beyond Stitch (we have now gone so far beyond stitch that we mostly just talk), always make just one card each and these are placed into a box and we each take one. This means that we only make one card and they are always a delight to receive. The one below was made by my friend Sandy and very glam it is.
My card was based on a technique that I used in the WOWbook article. I overlaid a base drawing of leaves and flowers (a bit of stamped lettering added interest) with a lightweight tissue version of the same thing which I then worked into with watercolours. A touch of hand stitching and a wired cut-out of a smaller flower was a good finishing touch. I enjoyed making that – might get into flower and leaf painting in the New Year.
The WoWbook is going great guns – I think it will be out best selling book ever. Many thanks to those who have purchased it and joined the Members’ club. It’s been great meeting you in the facebook group.