Hello friends! It’s the first week of December already – do you have your Christmas cards done? I usually purchase photo cards to send out to the masses, but I like making handmade cards for a few special people in our lives. That being said, I always seem to run short on time, so it’s a good idea to create a simple card and duplicate it using different papers and elements.
The “Merry Little Christmas” collection is so fun and cheery, it was an obvious choice for this year’s cards! I started by trimming a patterned paper to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – then I cut 1″ from the bottom to create a coordinating paper strip to add to the card front.
Next, I cut white cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and stitched around the edges with green thread. (I love using my sewing machine on my projects!) I placed the white stitched piece in the center of the pattered background paper, then placed the 1″ coordinating paper strip on top – I varied where I placed the coordinating strip.
Next, I added a tag from the coordinating tag set. I used foam adhesive behind some of them for a touch of added dimension. I also scrounged around in my ribbon scraps to find fun ribbons to tie through the holes of each one. As you can see, I tilted the tags slightly when I attached them over the white stitched piece.
Next, I added coordinating printed die-cut pieces to each card. Some are tucked slightly under the tag, some are overlapping on top. And finally, I added some gold puffy sticker thickers to some of the cards (the holly leaves and berries).
After they were complete, I attached all of the card fronts to white cardstock bases and now I have a start to my handmade cards for this year!
Thanks for stopping by – I hope you feel inspired to whip up a few festive cards yourself now!