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09 January 2007 @ 06:03 pm
Christmas Cards  

Originally uploaded by mollydot.
I've uploaded all the pictures I have available right now of the cards I made and sent this year. The first batch I made seem to be all about stars and snowflakes; the second all about trees, especially abstract triangular ones; and the third is all about peel-offs.

We didn't send all the cards we intended. I hadn't planned on handmaking all the cards, but we never made the switch to shop bought - by the time I stopped making them, it was after Christmas - the last batch were sent on New Year's Day. The very last was sent the day after, but that was due to lack of address. It's the one on the left here; one of the first ones I made. So, apologies to those we intended to send to, but didn't.

The pictures are all in my Christmas Cards 06 set.

Edit: I've just put the previous year's into their own set. It looks like I made 12 last year, and 24 this year. Not too shabby!
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on January 10th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Great! Annon & I only made 10 this year as I wanted to combine a letter & photos of the house & views for the majority of my recipients (100+), so I did them on computer & had a stationer print them. Last year I made about 1/2 dozen as I gave only to local people as we were living with no electricity, heat, light, etc! The year before I did 100+ encaustic cards & have made my own cards for years :) Glad we're not alone in this. I make the cards because I send them with a standard letter, no longer having the time to write over a hundred letters in 3/4 languages!
a very caring potato: artbytheinchmollydot on January 10th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)

Do you have a sort of assembly line system or anything? I tried doing that last year, but got bored with doing the same type of card each time.

I've never tried encaustic, but I've seen some lovely examples in magazines.

We don't do the letters, just a simple greeting. I make the cards and Lovely Man writes them.

I wonder if I'll make 48 for next Christmas :-)
 dudi killimengri: Encaustic used as Christesmas cards 2004killimengri on January 11th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do sort of do things in a production line way, but because I paint, things tend to come out different each time & I only do a few cards/day. With the encaustic, the base card has to be cut & folded, & if I'm using A5 or A4 encaustic card that has to be cut to A6. That's the boring, time-consuming bit. I have some examples of encaustic on my site: www.killimengri.net/photos, as well as other stuff! Not updated it in over a year as I've done little & not had reliable computer/internet access & there's no handicrafts there as yet. My ex left all the cards to me except for his very, very private ones that I was to know nothing about!
a very caring potatomollydot on January 12th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
They're fantastic! It's done with wax and an iron, yes?
 dudi killimengri: Station the Tenth Stations of the Crosskillimengri on January 12th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
The encaustic stuff is done with wax & a hot iron or a hot stylus for the detail. I also have an electric paintbrush tip that heats up! The other stuff (Stations of the Cross) are pen & ink & the embroidery designs are pencil. The Xth Station was embarrassing as I couldn't remember what a naked man looked like! I purposely did nearly all the pictures with no faces, the Christ only appears in the Vera Icon (Veronica) & in the tomb...
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