NOTE: This post is a duplicate of the post on my previous blog, SS Crafter. I am now making the transition to post only on this blog. Thank you for your understanding as I work through this process!
I am always looking for ways to motivate me to start making my Christmas cards early so that I am not mailing them out on Christmas Eve as I have done so many times in the past! So as an incentive to start early, I asked my Sunday School class in August if they would like to have a Christmas Card workshop to make cards. They thought it would be a great idea, especially as a lot of them had never made their own cards. We set up a date in November and so my task began. I had two criteria in making card kits for the workshop…
1. I wanted to use up my Christmas paper scraps and 2. I wanted them simple enough to make in bulk
My first stop was Pinterest. Wow, there are a lot of talented people who love to share their ideas!! I set up a Christmas Board to house my finds and if you would like to see it, you can find it here.
The trouble that I had was picking just a few cards to make, I think I ended up with about 10 different cards to make, more or less!! I made around 20 kits per card to make sure the ladies could make more than one of the same card if they wanted. Each card set was put in a sandwich baggy and all of them put in gallon zip lock bags with a sample. I tried to stick with cards that used paper strips, but there were a few that I just could not resist that did not use strips.
A great benefit of making these kits up is I was able to make my cards from the leftover kits…a win – win for me. This would be a great project to start now for next year.
All of the card bases are 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches.
Black cardstock: 1 – 4.25″ x 5.5″ 2 – 1.25″ x 4.5″ 1 – 2.25″ x 5.25″ 1 – 4.25″ x width of sentiment plus .25″ Christmas b&t: 1 – 4″ x 5.25″ 2 – 1″ x 4.25″ 1 – 2″ x 5″ White cardstock: 1 sentiment – 4″ x width of sentiment
Christmas b&t: 4 – 1″ x 4″ Berry colored cardstock: 1.25″ x 4.25″
For this Poinsettia I used leaves cut out from red paper using my cricut. For the kits, I used my spellbinder poinsettia die. If you have a leaf punch, that would work also. I used a stylus to add texture to the leaves and then arranged into the poinsettia shape. I added bling for the center of the poinsettia.
Card #3 and #4:
These 2 cards are made the same way, the only difference is the buckle and holly leaves.
Red b&t: 4 – 1″ x 5″ Note: I trimmed these strips a little bit to fit the paper Black or patterned paper: 1.25″ x 4.25″ Card 3: Silver metallic paper cut in square 1.5″ x 2″ or a punch for shape Black cardstock: 1.25″ x 1.75″ (add inside silver for belt piece)
Card 4: Stamp and cut out or die cut holly leaves 3 – 5 as desired Bling or punched circles for holly berries
Blue b&t: 4″ x 5.25″ White cardstock: 1 – 1 11/16″ circle 1 – 1 1/4″ circle 1 – 2″ circle 1 – oval for sentiment Brown cardstock: MS branch punch – trimmed to twigs for hands Orange cardstock: small triangle for nose Black marker for eyes, mouth and buttons red ribbon foam tape or pop dots to pop up the circle for the head to tie ribbon
Note: I used my cricut to multi cut the circles…much faster.
Red cardstock: 4.25″ x 5.5″ White cardstock: 4″ x 5.25″ – embossed with Candy Cane embossing folder Christmas b&t: 1 – 1′ x 4″ 1 – 1″ x 2.75″ 1 – 1″ x 3.25″ White cardstock: stamped with sentiment and punched Green cardstock: option to punch MS branch punch with red bling
Green cardstock: 1 – 4.25″ x 5.5″ 1 – 3″ x 4.5″ White cardstock: 1 – 4″ x 5.25″ embossed with swiss dots embossing folder 1 – 2.75″ x 4.25″ embossed with Intricate swirl or preferred embossing folder 1 – oval punched sentiment Green ribbon
Red cardstock or b&t: 4.25″ x 5.5″ embossed with holly ribbon embossing folder White cardstock: Option to stamp and punch the letters “J” “O” “Y” or chipboard letters Poinsettia die cut or white leaves to make poinsettia
Green cardstock: 4.25″ x 5.5″ tag with white cardstock sentiment White cardstock: 3.75″ x 5.25″ embossed with sheet music embossing folder cut into 3 strips about 1 1/8″ wide Green ribbon
Red cardstock: 4.25″ x 5.58″ White cardstock: 4″ x 5.25″ embossed with Lattice Squares embossing folder small tag with sentiment Christmas b&t: 1.5″ x 2″ 1.5″ x 1.5″ 1.75″ x 3″ Green cardstock: scrap piece cut with decorative scissors Red Ribbon
Products used on cards:
Paper: Close to My Heart, The Paper Studio, Michael’s Stamps anStamp Pads: Close to My Heart Punches: We R Memory Keepers, Martha Stewart, Stampin’ Up Embossing Folders: Darice, Sizzix, Cuttlebug Dies and Die Cuts: Spellbinders, Cricut Ribbon: Joann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby Bling: Want2Scrap