card art 18

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pilfering green paint chips like it was my job

cardart 18 will go down as my very favorite cardart ever. it's heavy on the green but I don't care because the idea came to me way back in october, I thoroughly enjoyed every piece of the process and I was so excited to send it out.

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I try to keep my process to 4 steps, occasionally I'll go to 5 but this year's card? I actually have no idea how many steps in my process. do I count all the Lowe's and Home Depots I hit up over the course of 2 weeks to swipe paint chips? I mean, I used three different sized hole punches, on at least twelve shades of green, to make fifteen circles for each card. I used two kinds of adhesive - and not rubber cement!

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I even used the scraps from cardart 17 to make tiny embellishments.

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so. many. circles.

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let's see if I can break it all down:

  • there are six 1.5" circles, four (or five) 1" circles, four .75" circles and seven tiny hole punch circles on each card

  • to streamline the system, I punched and made stacks of 25 in each color so I wasn't 'designing' each card

  • I used sticky 'dots' to affix the circles and raised 'dots' on select few to add some dimension

  • the tiny dots were stuck on using a glue pen

  • now that I've been using my creative brain for most of 2018 I was jammed with ideas and figured out #cardart19 AND #cardart20!

  • for the first time in six years, I didn't need the girls help because I was organized and had a schedule

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I made sure to finish up jewelry projects just before thanksgiving so I could spend the following week, or two, just making cardart. it was so nice being able to spread out and leave things at the end of each day.

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TA DAH!!!

the only thing that slowed me down this year was the kids' photo. I had one from over thanksgiving but they didn't love it so I had jack come by after work once the girls were home for christmas break for a second try. even though the cards were held up waiting for a photo, they still went out before christmas!!!!

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as always, card art from holidays past: 2011, 2012, 201320142015, 2016 and 2017