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VIDEO: Sending Merry Wishes – Vellum Photo Card

Hello! I just wanted to stop by to wish you all the merriest of days. I also thought I would share my personal Christmas card. I wasn’t planning on doing this, but I had shared a few peeks on Instagram and got requests to see it all. The video doesn’t show the whole process, but gives you a peek into it.

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This is the card that my family sends out for Christmas – 200 in total. Yes, it took a lot of time. But, it is very important to me. I love handmade greetings and am willing to do whatever it takes (panic, getting the family to help, working on them at basketball games and car rides, etc.) to get them done every year. Everyone is different – but to me it is worth the time and effort.

I have a family photo (taken by Krysia Photography) that is mounted to a 5×7 white cardstock piece. (My Christmas cards are almost always this size.) On the back of the white cardstock, I have an update on my family – what each person does for “play” and for “work/school.” Simple and playful.

I then have a 5×7 vellum piece on the front. I used My Favorite Things 30lb vellum so that it was a bit more sheer… allowing the photo to show through. (However, if you are looking for a heavier vellum, check out the awesome 43lb vellum over at Ellen Hutson. I love and use both.) On the vellum, I heat embossed several images. The messages are wood-mounted stamps that I designed myself and had made into stamps at Simon’s Stamps. I heat embossed the “merriest” with Ranger Gold Tinsel powder and the text with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. The stars are from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Stars stamp set and are heat embossed with a blue glitter WOW embossing powder.

I also added a line of sewing along the top to hold the vellum in place using my favorite silver thread. I am really happy with my new sewing machine. So easy to use!!

I will say that I saved a *tremendous* amount of time using two must-have tools: the MISTI stamping tool and the Milwaukee Heat Gun. I was able to stamp several pieces at once in Versamark with the MISTI and then heat set them quickly all at once with my gets-hot-fast heat gun. Huge time saver. (By the way, the MISTI is in very high demand. I would recommend reserving yours now – they sold out in minutes today! You can find them at SSS or on My Sweet Petunia. Iliana sent me a MISTI months ago and I am so glad I can finally use it in videos since she now is manufacturing more of them. She is a genius!)

Finally, I sent them out in some lovely gold and silver envelopes, along with a strip of fun gold and silver washi tape from Sakuralala. Oh – and hubby addressed them all. πŸ™‚

This card could easily be simplified in many ways… and the messages could be changed to fit the occasion you celebrate.

Now go and have a very Merry Christmas! (Or whatever you celebrate in your awesome family.) Hugs to all.

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85 thoughts on “VIDEO: Sending Merry Wishes – Vellum Photo Card”

  1. Wishing you a very MERRY Christmas Jennifer!!!
    I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your family!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your personal Christmas card with us – it is DELIGHTFUL and I really appreciate your generosity in allowing us to see it and learn how you created it.
    PS – I cannot imagine making 200 Christmas cards – an AWESOME effort and so lovely to learn that your husband addressed the envelopes πŸ™‚

  2. Merry Christmas Jennifer. Thanks for all your wonderful cards, tips, tricks, giveaways and ways to help others feel special. Have a blessed Christmas.

  3. I did 50 different cards but that was before I saw the Misti demonstrated! Mine’s on order and it’ll be used next year for sure!
    Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours, Jennifer!

  4. Fantastic idea! Especially for family and friends who live far away! Also wanted to thank you for all the fabulous videos and ideas that you shared through out the year! Wish you and your wonderful family a very merry Christmas and a great 2015!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal card. It is, as all your creations are, gorgeous. Got a MISTI for Christmas and enjoyed seeing you use it. Merry Christmas to all of your family and a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year.

  6. I really enjoy watching your videos. Before this August, when I first started watching, I had never actually made a card. But I recently made a card for my FiL when he was ill, and he said it was the most amazing card he had ever seen. πŸ™‚
    So, I wanted to say thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for sharing your card. It is lovely and worth all that effort. We had an amazing Christmas and I sincerely hope you did, too!

  8. Jennifer, thanks for changing your mind and sharing this video with us. I really appreciate all the time you take in sharing your videos and creating them for us. Merry Christmas!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for all you do. I love and appreciate reading your blog and watching your videos. I have learned so much from everything you share.

  10. Thanks for sharing the details of your Christmas card. It’s beautiful and love the overlay of the vellum along with the details of the stitching. It’s amazing how you do 200 cards and personalize them on the back, but I can see it’s important as family is. Merry Christmas!

  11. You rock!
    Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family.
    I have to make wedding invitations and this idea is
    Great. Your card is beautiful and simple, as always
    Jennifer style. Thank you for sharing it.

  12. Love your wonderful family card — THANK YOU! I also LOVE my new MISTI and want to Thank you for telling us about it. I ordered mine that very day and was lucky to get one from the last batch….MORE are being manufactured…so IF people want ONE, get your order in and get in Line!!! Its’ a fantastic tool….

    Hope your Christmas was special in EVERY way! Hugs to you and all of your family!~

  13. This is so awesome! This process would be great if someone wanted to make their own wedding invitations…. Thanks so much for sharing! =)

  14. Hi this card is gorgeous amd very inspiring! If I start in January maybe I can get that many done! Haha

    Could you please tell me the size and font of the stamp, I would love to have my own made, too, but the stamp choices are a little overwhelming since I have never created my own.

    Thanks so.much!!

  15. First of all I think that is so great that you take the time to do that. That is a huge amount of cards. Thanks for sharing what you did too. It sounds like you had a nice Christmas.

  16. Really like the large custom stamp,very nice custom card too. Thank you for such helpful tips to add to my crafting arsenal. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas . We’re still going till January 6th for Reyes Magos.

  17. What a beautiful card. I did about 50 cards and can’t imagine doing 200. That is amazing and those who receive these are very lucky to have someone who cares so much. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  18. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I love your beautiful card and appreciate your sharing it. I think handmade cards are worth the effort. I make 75 every year and always make the design revolve around a family picture.

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