I always look forward to Christmastime and I love sending cards to wish family and friends happiness and good cheer (grin!). I am very thankful when I receive cards too and have created a page to celebrate this by using some of the pretty Christmas postage stamps from the cards that I have received.
I started by stamping different postmarks and texts using Memento Inks to create the background for the page. The stamps included a set of The Works Clear Stamps, the Tropical Travelogue stamp set from Graphic 45 by Hampton Art, the Birdsong stamp set from 7 Gypsies also by Hampton Art and finally the Letters to Santa stamp set from Docrafts Papermania. The Memento Ink colours I used were Love Letters, Pistachio, London Fog and Teal Zeal. Next I cut the envelopes containing the postage stamps to shape, using a pair of scissors with a serrated edge, and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. The silver frames and borders are outline stickers, some of which I coloured black using a Sharpie permanent marker and black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also added some postal mark outline stickers and embellished the postage stamps and frames using some snowflake and star stickers. Then I edged inside and around some of the frames using a Derwent Graphik marker and also around the edges of the page using the black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The red glitter star embellishments and small clear, red, and black gems finished the page.
You may have seen some of the Christmas cards I made this year in previous posts. I also make sweet treats to give to friends instead of Christmas cards. As you can see, I made quite a few bags this year which were for all our Love My Beach friends.
Each bag contains 3 pieces of Maltesers Fudge and a piece of Maltesers Tiffin (Maltesers are also known as Malt Balls).
I was curious to find out more about Christmas cards, if you’re interested here are the facts I discovered:
- Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley invented the Christmas card in 1843 and sold them for a shilling. In 2000, an original Cole and Horsely’s card fetched £20,000 when it was auctioned in the UK which can be seen here.
- A few years after the first card was made, the UK Parliament passed the Postal Act which allowed people to send letters and cards for just a penny.
- Early Christmas cards tended to be flowers, fairies and exotic designs and rarely showed the religious or wintry scenes we see today.
- In America, a German printer Louis Prang started mass producing cards in 1875 and until then, they were considered a luxury that only the rich could afford. By 1881, over 5 million cards were being produced every year in the US.
- In Victorian England, the Post Office delivered cards on Christmas Day in the UK. Postmen were often known as robins because of their bright red uniforms and robins became a popular card Christmas card motif.
- Every year in the UK alone, an estimated 1.8 billion Christmas cards are sent and received. The average UK household sends out about 50 cards each Christmas.
- 45% of all cards sent are for Christmas but only 15% of these Christmas cards are bought by men.
- Designing and making personal Christmas cards is one of the most popular craft hobbies in the UK.
- An estimated £50 million is raised for charities by selling their Christmas cards each year.
May this Christmas bring you love and joy. Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!
Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:
- Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Love Letters, Pistachio, London Fog, Teal Zeal)
- Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
- Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
- Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
- The Works (Clear Stamps CRO274TW4)
- Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
- Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
- Docrafts Papermania Mini Clear Stamps (Letters to Santa PMA907917)
- Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Postage Stamps Silver ANT810103, Straight Line Borders Silver ANT8101017)
- Crelando Relief Stickers Christmas designs (12 Sheets IAN289011)
- Christmas-Craft (Glitter Embellishments XRR0038)
- Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (3mm 418 Gems Red No. 16)
- Poundland (Design Gems 175751)
- UHU Stic