I have been making my Christmas postcards for several years now. I make between 60 and 80 of them which means that they can't be too involved! I usually have 3 designs and make multiples of each. My first set of cards for this season are snowflake cards and they were fast and easy to make!
I have been pondering ideas to use my sunprinted snowflake fabric for a couple of months. But when I saw these Cedar Canyon snowflake stencils at Sew Thankful, I immediately knew what to do!
I made 15 cards and I think the total time was about 3 hours.
I started last night with by stenciling snowflakes all over the sunprinted fabric (you could use any wintry looking fabric). I used a foam brush and Jacquard Metallic Silver paint, undiluted. I wanted to place my snowflakes between the sunprinted images. For a similar effect your could paint in 2 or three layers, starting with a medium blue metallic, then a light blue metallic and then the silver. That will give you a similar depth.
Here's what the fat quarter of fabric looks like painted. Next fuse this to a layer of Timtex, fast2fuse or other stiff interfacing. Fuse another fat quarter on the back for the address side of the postcard. I used a pale purple for mine.
Cut the fabric into 4 x 6 postcards. If your fabric was a full fat quarter (18 x 20) you can get 15 cards.
Finish the edges. You can zig-zag stitch the edges, straight stitch them or, like I did, serge them. I like the serger because it's a very clean edge and it's fast! I used Superior Razzle Dazzle thread in the upper looper. The color is Frosty Morning. It has just a bit of blue and purple wound with the silver. Razzle Dazzle is a great thread to use in the serger but you could also wind it on a bobbin and finish the cards on the sewing machine with the cards facing right side down.
You can call the cards done or...
...add a little more bling! I added some hot fix crystals to each card. On cards where the snowflake designs were well balanced on the card, I used the crystals to highlight one of the snowflakes Like in this card. If the snowflakes were not so well placed on the card, I used the crystals to make a new snowflake, like in the first photo of the post.
15 down, 50 or so to go!
Don't forget, there's only 1 day left to enter the November postcard challenge!