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Christmas Cards 2013 by Marenne Christmas Cards 2013 by Marenne
Every year I make my own Christmas cards implementing techniques I learned that year.
This year I've spend a great deal of time learning to make my own paper. These cards are made from recycled milk cartons and P-hooks. In the shop I work at hats come with these hooks attached. When we sell the hats, usually we cut them off and throw them out. But I decided to collect them instead.
I arranged the hooks in 'snowflake' patterns and pressed them into the pulp in the paper making process. I added red glitter and a tiny bit of green paper to the pulp to come to this color.
On the back of the card is a small piece of paper with a silver-foil Christmas greeting. I attached it with four more hooks. The three bottom pictures show the project in progress. In the middle one you can see a wooden drying box. This box has old computer fans in the back. I put the paper in between corrugated cardboard. The air blowing through them makes sure the paper dries in 8 hours instead of several days.

Visit my Etsy shop or my blog to see more of my work.

A DD! Amazing new years surprise! :D Thank you *alapip and ^Brookette!!!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-01-01
Christmas Cards 2013 by =Marenne suggester says "her imagination knows no bounds...[ditto for taste and skills]" ( Suggested by alapip and Featured by Brookette )
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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The people who receive these on Christmas are really lucky, I love that you put so much effort in your cards to surprise your loved ones :) Congratulations on your DD!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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:iconmisterblackwood:
MisterBlackwood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really clever :)
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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:iconchibi-demon-angel694:
chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! :)
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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:iconchibi-demon-angel694:
chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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GamerGirlFIN Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Omg, so cool and creative! Congrats on your well deserved DD!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much :)
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Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool, thank you for your description of your drying rig... I have been trying to resolve that issue in my own experimentation and you have given me an aha moment today... thank you!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Also watch this: youtu.be/_6jqFLv2Ccg. It's very informative and what gave me the idea! :)
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Diamond-Stud Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student
Those are awesome! I would be so thrilled if someone gave me a homemade card! :heart:
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! :)
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:iconkirbynat:
kirbynat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant!! :D 
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! :D
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AliatheGhoul Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How creative! I love when things that would normally be discarded can be reused to create something beautiful. I hope everyone loved your cards. Congrats on the DD!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :) Me too!! :)
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Wow, these are really cool! I love the snowflake designs - what a great idea.

I had to learn to make paper this year, and I am totally envious of your drying rack. I burned out a hairdryer trying to dry my paper. xD
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much :)
I was experimenting with natural dying (tea, coffee and such) and air-drying took such a long time that the paper became moldy! :( So I looked around the internet and found a video of someone using a drying box. It's really helpful! :)
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
congratulations on your DD :glomp:
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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:iconlogan-pearce:
Logan-Pearce Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So creative! You are awesome. :D
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - amazing!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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elgregorPL Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
With the white part on it, it looks like a processor :D
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha funny! You're right, hadn't looked at it like that :)
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:iconarusung:
AruSung Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Photographer
Amazing!!!!
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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:iconarusung:
AruSung Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Photographer
You're welcome :bow:
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LoveDoesNotExist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey shit! Je bent Nederlands! :D Oeh, zou zo'n kerstkaart ook gehad willen hebben. Geweldig idee van je.
Gelukkig nieuwjaar
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Jep! :)
Wil je op de lijst voor volgend jaar? (Als ik kaarten overheb stuur ik ze naar random mensen op die lijst...)
Jij ook de beste wensen :)
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LoveDoesNotExist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hah thanks, ik hoef niet op de lijst hoor. Ik geniet wel op DA. :) Vind het wel supervet. 
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Is goed! :)
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day and Happy New Year! :party:
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you and the same to you! :)
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, thank you :heart:
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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v242 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Nice job on this.

Congratulations on the Daily Deviation award for January 1st, 2014.

:clap:

:D
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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v242 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
You are quite welcome.

:)
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:iconbgerr:
bgerr Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely awesome! Recycling at it's best :love:
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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:iconmisticloudz:
misticloudz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
incredibly intricate, beautiful. :)

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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whoops, now I can! :)
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
It's weird, I can't see this message underneath the artwork! Can you?
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013   General Artist
Wow! Very innovative and clever use of hooks, and beautiful results :clap:
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:iconmarenne:
Marenne Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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ArtisticRoute Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Clever!
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