Day 5 | Add That Touch Of Hand-Lettering

Hand-lettering is all the rage right now. And as I recently took my very old iPad out to do today’s hand-written freebie, I dreamed about what it would be like to some day (soon) have the iPad Pro to letter on (I was suppose to have it last year…semi-long story for another day). I’ve been using my almost eight-year-old iPad for nearly as long to do my handwritten words. I feel so archaic now. But soon I shall join the masses and get more creative with hand-lettering. I feel like I’m going from a rotary phone to an iPhone. I can’t wait!

Speaking of hand-lettering, I almost feel like sending handwritten notes via post is almost a thing of the past. I’ve been reading some books based in different times, and there was such excitement at getting word from a loved one. Even as a kid I loved writing letters to family and friends–and loved receiving them too.

This holiday season I’d love to challenge you to send a few sweet notes to someone you care about.

Better yet, make+use one of these darling cards from our next holiday guest, Miss Sheree Forcier! Oh for the love of. it. all!

Tell us about these amazing cards Sheree!

Do you make your Christmas cards every year?  Some years I just run out of time but it really is one of my favourite things to do. It’s so fun to give handmade cards!  Today I have a set of three cards to share which I’ve made using some of the cut files from the Christmas Calendar and the Twinkle stamp set.

 

 

The Christmas Calendar cut files are so versatile and can be used for so many other projects besides the calendar!  I chose the star and the little gift to use for this card set, along with the deer from Oh Deer.  I resized them to fit my card fronts and cut them out with my Silhouette…so easy!

 

 

For the first card I backed the star with scraps of my favourite Christmas papers then added a glittery die cut and rhinestone to the centre.  I embossed the ‘twinkle’ stamp with Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder then stamped the other sentiment with black ink on some scrap white cardstock before cutting them out and adding them to the card.

 

 

Card number two features the gorgeous deer from Oh Deer.  This was cut out with white cardstock but to make it sparkle I covered it with Versamark ink and embossed it with the gold tinsel embossing powder. I love how it turned out!  I also embossed the falalalala stamp and the strip across the bottom of the tag.  A little felt poinsettia embellishment, twine, some paper layers and stitching finished it off.

 

 

For card number three I used scraps of paper behind the gift and also created a paper scrap border around the edge of the card.  I added some twine and some tiny gold Christmas bells to the top of the present then embossed the ‘merry & bright’ sentiment with gold tinsel powder.

 

 

I love that since these cards were created with cut files and stamps I can make as many as I need…and they were so fun to make too!

 

These would also be so darling in your December Daily albums! I love the cheerful colors and how she backed the gift and star with gorgeous paper. For some reason it makes me think of peppermint ice cream…or maybe it’s because I just ate some peppermint ice cream and it had all these colors. The cards are absolutely…delicious! 

 

And now we come to today’s one-day freebie, which is more handwritten goodness. I’ve had this phrase, O Come Let Us Adore Him, in my head for some time and put it on the list for the freebies.

 

 

I love having sentiments that help remind us to have a Christ-centered Christmas. And of course I had to Minc mine. :)

 

2017-12-05T00:59:18+00:00 December 5th, 2017|cards, cuttables, stamps|10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. taylor.home10 December 5, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for today’s instruction. :)

  2. Jenell December 5, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Thanks you for the freebie and beautiful card inspiration!

  3. Dolly Marshall December 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

    So beautiful!! TFS Keri!! :D

  4. jazzmom21 December 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Love your beautiful cards — so simple yet so elegant!! Thank you for today’s file; I love that phrase!!

  5. Yvonne Garrett December 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful cards. I think each are beautiful but love the deer! :) Thank you for the phrase. So perfect for this time of year!

  6. Linh Chin-Lai December 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you for the freebie. A major highlight of my day!

    You know who is still using snail mail to send handwritten letters and cards? Soldiers and their families and friends when the soldiers are in Basic Training! My daughter’s boyfriend spent 2.5 months at Ft. Jackson for basic training and during that time, they spoke on the phone (no texting, no social media access) a total of 10 minutes, All communication was through snail mail and it took a long time for mail to be received by the soldiers, and that was the only contact they had with the outside world. My daughter and her boyfriend didn’t mind writing the letters. They just had to adjust to delayed responses, which was really difficult in this world where everything is instantaneous! The boyfriend is in Advanced Individual Training in AZ now and can use his phone for all things, so they are facetiming, snapchatting, texting, and also talking on the phone. They love being able to see and hear each other on a regular basis, but they will always cherish the 2.5 months’ worth of sweet handwritten letters! :)

    • Kerri Bradford December 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      That is so sweet! They should still write each other since they had quite the thing goin’ on there. Kind of romantical. :) We sure do live in an ‘instant’ world alright. Nice, but sometimes miss the simple things. :) Thanks for sharing that!

  7. jamie pate December 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    and will you teach a class on hand lettering on an ipad?

    • Kerri Bradford December 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Ha! There is so much I need to learn with all the new-fangled stuff. My hand-lettering life was simple. Now it’s gonna explode. Maybe a year from now? haha

  8. Marla Lagoski December 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you!

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