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Week 3 | Color Block

This week’s design is the epitome of simple, and I feel like it could almost double as a New Years card with those circles that closely resemble champagne bubbles. I love the backer on this one too, not what one would except when they flip the card over. Head over to my | shop | to see the other available colors.

All of my Christmas cards are printed on a 110# stock with a pearl finish, that give just the perfect amount of shimmer to your cards. Want to get a head-start on Christmas cards? Click below to start shopping! Cards come in quantities of 30, but if you need more

e-mail me at

| designbylulublog@gmail.com |

and we can work something out!

Also note that my cards don’t include envelopes, because it’s tough to pick just one color to supply to customers when there’s such a wide variety. Check out |Paper Source | for a bazillion colors.

Week 2 | Scallop

Week 2 of my Christmas Card designs is here! This is one of my favorites due to its simplicity, and the fact that I love me a good scalloped border. Plus, a panoramic style photograph makes a statement on this card and is truly the focal point.

Bonus! It’s available in 4 colors! No backer here, just a simple, slightly shimmery white back.

All of my Christmas cards are printed on a 110# stock with a pearl finish, that give just the perfect amount of shimmer to your cards. Want to get a head-start on Christmas cards? Click below to start shopping! Cards come in quantities of 30, but if you need more

e-mail me at

| designbylulublog@gmail.com |

and we can work something out!

Also note that my cards don’t include envelopes, because it’s tough to pick just one color to supply to customers when there’s such a wide variety. Check out |Paper Source | for a bazillion colors.

A New Twist on an Old Piece of Art | A Photoshop Tutorial

Yesterday I mentioned I would show you how to achieve the same look I used for my thrifted art, using Photoshop. It’s a pretty simple process if you’re familiar with Photoshop, but keep in mind that I am by no means a Photoshop pro, so it’s quite possible there’s a much simpler way to do this, I just haven’t found it.

Here goes:

Open your image in Photoshop, remember that you’ll want some pretty bright, bold colors so that the writing itself will actually stand out once you reverse the text and image.

Double-click on the background layer, and this screen will pop up.
Click ‘OK’

Your background layer should now say ‘Layer 0′, like this:

Duplicate that layer:

Add 2 more layers and drag them between the 2 photo layers you’ve made:

On one of the new layers, fill it with white, on the other new layer, write your text. It’s helpful to drag this layer to the top, just for the time being so you can actually see what you’re writing.

This is what mine looked like with the text:

Finally, drag your text layer back down where it was previously, then hover between the top 2 layers while holding control until the icon switches to a little paint bucket. Click once you see that icon to create a clipping mask.

Ta da! You should have something that looks like this (except with your own text and image, of course):Pretty simple, right? Now save it as a JPG and take it to your favorite large-format printer for the same look as | yesterday’s project |

Week 2 of Christmas Cards is tomorrow, come back to see the design!

A New Twist on an Old Piece of Art

I’m pretty much always looking for the next project to do around the house, and I’ve had something like this in mind for awhile now, and then got super-inspired when I saw | this | on one of my favorite blogs.

The last time I was at St. Vinnie’s I was looking for a clutch to make | this |, but instead, came across this lovely piece of art and snatched it up for $2.99.

(Bear with my, all the photos were taken from my phone because, let’s be real, somedays I’m just too excited to get my project done and don’t want to mess around with the camera)

I came home and popped it out of the frame, then gave the surface a good wipe- SICK!

Our local Ben Franklin Crafts has a die-cut machine, so I purchased a piece of vinyl and then cut out the letters. Next, I measured the piece of art and decided how I wanted to space out the letters. I used a level to line them up, but you can also just stick the letters on willy-nilly for a more random look, like the one | here |

Once you have all your letters on, apply a coat of spray pray paint! I just used white, but you could use any color. My spray paint was a little cheap I think, so I ended up doing 2 coats, and you can still slightly see through it, but I don’t necessarily mind it.

Allow to dry at least 24 hours and then carefully peel off the letters! On a few of the larger letters, I peeled them off too quickly and part of the painting came with it.
Oops!


No big deal, it kind of just looks like it’s part of the design. Kind of.

Hang up, and enjoy!

P.S. You can also achieve this look using Photoshop, then just take it to a printer (like Staples or Kinkos) and have it printed out.

Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to do just that!

102 Days…

Until Christmas, that is.

Ever since my | Crafty Christmas | series, I’ve had an itch to start designing Christmas cards (it’s never too early, right??) and I’m so excited to show you 1 new design every week for the next 6 weeks! Each is totally unique in their own way, with multiple color variations, some with backers, and some without.

And so…week 1:

The antlers are my favorite thing about this card (I have a thing for | antlers | right now), plus you can either leave the banner blank and write in your own note to each recipient, or save yourself some time and get a pre-printed message.

And the backer…

All of my Christmas cards are printed on a 110# stock with a pearl finish, that give just the perfect amount of shimmer to your cards. Want to get a head-start on Christmas cards? Click below to start shopping! Cards come in quantities of 30, but if you need more

e-mail me at

| designbylulublog@gmail.com |

and we can work something out!

Also note that my cards don’t include envelopes, because it’s tough to pick just one color to supply to customers when there’s such a wide variety. Check out | Paper Source | for a bazillion colors.

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