It's December 2nd..wow did I really just type that?!?! I did. I'm kind of in denial about that, but I'm prepared to take the frenzy that is December head on, without cowering in a corner somewhere rocking in a fetal position. Xyron is also here to help! They're sharing tips everyday for 30 days! That's right....30 days! On their Facebook page...make sure you stop by every, single day!
If you are a super master procrastinator like I am, then you probably don't even have cards as a thought in your brain...well ok, these hand made Christmas cards are a thought in your brain, and possibly an overwhelming one...at that! I'm here to tell you hand made is best, anyone can be super creative when all they do is dump a picture into a digital template. You can create a whole slew of hand made cards in a relatively short time with a little planning and prep. Unless you have to make 70 billion cards, you can do this! I promise I am going to show you, the best thing ever....!?!?!? You can swap out papers and patterns so you can even use the papers you have! I know, right?!?!? ❤
Start out by creating your card base...mine measures 4.25 X 5.5 (this means you can cut out a bunch of 8.5 X 5.5 cardstock bases and fold them in half...or save time and buy some premade card packs)
Next thing you need to cut is a 4X4 square of patterned paper, this is background paper, so it needs to stand out, but not obnoxious Kim Kardashian stand out...no one wants that. Ew.
Step 3 is finding some glassine bags, doilies or vellum...this next layer needs to add dimension without detracting from the layer before it. You can use any of the above or even a patterned paper that is super light and really minimal like a cream colored polka dot paper. I tore the bottom off the glassine bag and adhered it to the front of the 4X4 square slightly off center.
See how it adds some dimension? This card is all about simple layering. You'll see as we build the next layers.
The next layer, or layers is two solid 4X3 punched cards...as in the corners are rounded.
You're going to place one on top of each other, slightly askew...if you have ever followed me, you'd know that I never put anything on straight, simply because I am incapable of doing so! :)
First though, I need you to bear with me and grab a scrap of vellum and add a sticker to it, this can be a see through sticker or a solid sticker. The key here is to leave about a half inch on the left hand side to "tuck into" the picture, you'll see what I'm talking about in the next step.
You're going to adhere the "believe" to the green and blue as shown.
You're ready to add your picture, mine is a wallet size picture, it's just big enough if someone wants to snag it off your card when the season is over, I always like to hope that people actually hang onto my card, or at least save the picture.....!
You can run this size right through your handy dandy Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker:
Place it right on top of the layers. You can lay it straight, or lay it off center like I did. The next thing you'll need is a length of washi tape. You need to rip off a 2-3" length.
This is where the "tuck in" I was talking about happens. After you've added the tape to the side of your photo and solid layers, you're going to open up your card and staple all of those layers.
There's still that pesky matter of the bottom now. I have a great solution for that! All you need is a strip of paper, a small scallop circle, a punch out of a star and a punch out of a circle.
Start with the strip of paper, it needs to measure the width of your card, but be a thin strip. I have just over a 1/4" strip.
Run it through your Mini X.
Adhere it to the bottom of the card:
The "stitching" is an swesome sticker (SRM Stickers) and you can leave it off if you want. If you don't have a "stitching" type sticker, you can always draw in stitching with a white pen.
You'll assemble your star now.
Add a foam square to the back of your assembled scallop:
Adhere it to the front of the "strip" at the bottom, and you're nearly done. This is where the twine comes in, wrap it around a few times and tie a bow.
You can add some sequins with Teresa Collins Clear Adhesive. Add some glitter glue. This is your super simple assembly Christmas card! Thanks for letting me share with you! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!
Have a wonderful Tuesday! Enjoy the magic of the season, focus on the good and not the frenzy. Look for the magic, it's there. ❤