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The Christmas Card Plan Didn’t Go as Planned

Handmade Christmas cards.  I wanted to send them this year, and I had a rock solid, easy to make, guaranteed to work plan in my head! Easy to cut, quick to make.

You know what that means- things definitely won’t follow the plan!  And then there was the over thinking. Oh, was there over thinking! O.O.P.S.!

Watch on YouTube.

What made the colorful patterns on the trees? Paint poured canvases, after all, they can do far more than only be hung on your wall- they can be used to make things like cards!
Want to understand paint pouring and know exactly how to do it the easy way? Check out my online workshop Paint Pouring FUNdamentals.

Start by cutting the canvas off the frame using a craft knife.  The sharper the knife, the safer it actually is since dull knives take more effort to cut and hence are more likely to slip. Be safe and use a fresh blade. Okay, that’s the public service announcement for this blog post.

The plan was to cut a simple triangle shape to be a tree.  But as you can tell, that plan didn’t last long.

I started adding more of a branch look to the edges, and in the video, you can see how one looked like a poop emoji before it became the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

And yes, there was way too much thinking going on about the tree shapes. More than one pattern was attempted before I just decided to stop thinking and start cutting! Yup, that’s in the video too.

To attach them to the canvas, I usually use a glue stick. Except that I am totally out of glue sticks.  I don’t like to use gel medium for this as it tends to warp the paper a little bit so I reached for the double-sided tape.

But not any tape, there is something special about the Crafty Power Tape that made it work better on the canvas.  The backing paper that you peel off is larger than the tape, so that means it is much easier to remove.  That’s important when putting tape on canvas because any double-sided tape has a tough time sticking to canvas.

I have to laugh at myself because the O.O.P.S. tree, that Charlie Brown tree, has really grown on me and now might be my favorite!  Once again, a “mistake” takes me somewhere even better than I had planned!

If you’re new to my play, an O.O.P.S. is an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. I make all sorts of OOPSies and you can see more of them here.

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  • Jennifer December 14, 2018, 7:25 am

    These cards are adorable and brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this – I have a huge stack of poured painting canvases and had no idea what to do with them. Problem solved!

  • Carol Fillmore December 14, 2018, 5:07 pm

    Overthinking, oh my, that is my modus operandi LOL I related to this;)

  • Pooh December 14, 2018, 5:20 pm

    Oh this is so funny and reminiscent of when I used to make cards. I annoyed myself so much I ended up giving away all my card making stash!

  • Joanne H December 14, 2018, 9:30 pm

    Wow you sure did over think this one. LOL The cards were so pretty when they were a straight triangle too! Anyone lucky enough to get one should treasure it!

  • Jan Myhre December 15, 2018, 11:22 am

    I’m going to try this next year. Thanks for the terrific idea. ~Jan

  • Daria December 19, 2018, 9:52 am

    These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them.

  • Sandra December 21, 2018, 2:30 pm

    I think they are gorgeous some times it’s well worth going ‘off piste’ x

  • Lisa Turner May 14, 2019, 6:17 am

    I just think you are wonderful. You are so nice when you are explaining the steps. I had never really heard of Paint pouring before until I watched your video. I really think that I would enjoy getting started.
    I just wanted to thank you for all the information and I want to sign up for the workshop videos soon(when I am able).
    Thanks again, Lisa Turner

  • Annemarie October 30, 2020, 9:31 am

    Very nice the Christmastrees !
    I will make them too

  • Zoe November 28, 2020, 4:56 am

    Love these thank u for sharing
    I overthink everything too lol
    Composition is so important tho

  • Amanda December 10, 2020, 6:30 pm

    These are beautiful, your colours are so striking and you are very talented 🙂