Christmas Gifts That Are Actually Relaxing To Make!

By | 12/10/2020

Are you feeling the rush of the season yet?  I was feeling it a little today as I was creating tags, wrapping gifts, and packaging them up to be taken to the post office this morning.

I also still had a couple of gifts that I wanted to make to give to my sister and brother-in-law.  They are not expensive gifts by any means, but I wanted to just send them a little something to open on Christmas.

I’m very excited about the gift that I made for my sister today!  I just had to share it with you.  She never reads blogs, so I’m not worried about her seeing this.  I just won’t share it on my Instagram page!

Relaxing Christmas Gifts to Make

I wanted to color a nice floral image for her and frame it.  This is the rough version right after I finished the splatters. The pencil lines represent the size of the frame that I’m putting it in.

I’m not going to fib…this cost less than $6 in total to create.  (Not counting the Copic markers!)

I had created a couple of cute projects from some digital images given to me by Bugaboo Stamps for the Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge Design Team that I am on.  I had a lot of fun creating projects with them and decided to check out their store.

My sister doesn’t like “cartoony” little critters or people, so I decided to go for a floral. I realize that watercoloring this would have made it less “cartoony”, but I really just felt like pulling out my Copics.  I was actually browsing their sassy woman stamps before settling on a floral.  The image cost only $3 and I have it to create more projects in the future!

What a relaxing afternoon! This image is called the Flower Butterfly Vase and it is a digital stamp.  I printed it on 90lb Neenah white card stock using my ink jet printer. I let it dry for about 2 hours while I went for a walk and then put up the Christmas greenery, bows and lights on my porch railing.Relaxing Christmas Gifts to Make

I colored the image and then had dinner.  I always need to walk away from a project for a bit and then come back to it to get my real feelings about it.

When I came back, I added the warm gray below the vase to add a shadow and ground the image.  Then I added the BV000 to the background and the W1 drop shadow to the image.

Of course I added black and white splatter!  Once it was dry, I framed it.

Relaxing Christmas Gifts to Make


The frame came from the dollar store and it was $2.50.  It’s not terrible, plus I have no doubt that my sister has a box full of frames in her basement she can change this one out with.  I slapped my mask on and ran in to that dollar store, grabbed a frame, paid and ran out.  I sanitized my hands 3 times.

I just wanted to add a frame so that it looked like something more than a picture colored on a piece of paper.  The frame makes it Home Décor!

You know that I’m right!  It can hand on a wall or sit on a desk decorating the space.  Home décor.

I hope she likes it.  I certainly enjoyed making it for her and she will have a gift that I made just for her to open on Christmas day.  (Unless she opens it before that.  I hope she reads that part!)

I decided to play along with The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge this week just for fun.  It’s an Anything Goes challenge, so this project works!

I hope you are finding time to relax and create during this hectic season.  I always enjoy getting handmade gifts and I certainly enjoy giving them.  My daughter often makes me handmade gifts and she makes them for her friends as well.  I feel like I taught her well.  Just because something cost less than $6 to make doesn’t take away from how special a handmade gift really is.

Be well and enjoy your holiday preparations!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit!



2 thoughts on “Christmas Gifts That Are Actually Relaxing To Make!

  1. Sherri Thacker

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafter’s Cafe.

    1. Kimberly Post author

      Thank you so much, Sherri! I really appreciate that you stopped by and left a comment! Have a great day!


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