Christmas Card Tree

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Don’t throw out your Christmas cards after the holiday season! Recycle them into this beautiful easy-to-make Christmas tree.

Materials

  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Gold cardstock
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”, 12” length
  • Plastic-foam disc, 3”

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/4″
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Follow directions on patterns.

STEP 2

With right side facing up, fold each card where indicated by dashed line on pattern forming a pointed end; do not crease. Secure ends together with stapler. Punch hole where indicated by “O” on pattern.

STEP 3

Adhere one end of dowel to center of plastic-foam (base). Let dry. Beginning with extra-large cards and ending with small cards, thread cards onto dowel, working around base. Adhere wrong sides of star edges together, leaving bottom open. Let dry. Place open end of star onto top of dowel.

by the Craft Ideas Staff, formerly Crafts ‘n things (www.craftideas.com)

Be Merry Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Combine chic paper tape and an easy watercolor technique to craft this merry-and-bright greeting.

Materials

  • White cardstock: textured, smooth
  • Queen & Co. Trendy Tape Vertical Stripes Teal

Tools

  • Punches: corner rounder, assorted circles
  • Printworks Stamps: Star Snowflake (B3845), Be Merry (A2764)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Distress Marker, Imagination International COPIC Yellow
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Water-barrel brush
  • Tiny stapler
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x6” top-fold card from textured white cardstock; round bottom corners.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4”x4” textured white cardstock panel; round bottom corners. Apply diagonal tape strips across panel as shown; trim tape even with panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Stamp sentiment and four snowflakes onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between images; heat emboss with clear powder.

STEP 4

Lightly trace snowflakes with Evergreen marker; use water-barrel brush to blend color, creating watercolor look. Color stars with yellow marker. Punch snowflakes into circles of assorted size; overlap and adhere to card along top of taped panel. Highlight stars with Glossy Accents; let dry.

STEP 5

Cut sentiment into small, notched flag; staple to upper left corner of card.

Tip

  • For a glitzy version of this card, use metallic tape and outline snowflake images with glitter glue instead of marker.

by Linda Beeson (www.pkod.blogspot.com)

Joyeux Noel Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Beautiful shades of teal and burgundy put a new spin on the traditional tones of the season. Lush, layered accents from Ruby Rock-it’s Joyeux Noel Collection give this card vintage-look elegance in an instant.

Materials

  • Burgundy cardstock
  • Ruby Rock-it Joyeux Noel Collection: Paper Pack, Layered Accents, Diecut Silhouettes, Bling, Trim
  • Trims: white scalloped lace, gold cord
  • Teal/gold silk poinsettia

Tools

  • Sewing machine and dark teal thread
  • Border punches, two of choice
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dot-pattern mask
  • Chalk inks: dark teal, burgundy
  • Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, palette knife

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x5-1/4” burgundy top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5-1/2”x4-3/4” teal damask paper panel and sponge edges with teal chalk ink. Using sewing machine, stitch around panel edges. Adhere panel to card.

STEP 3

Cut 5-1/2”x2” burgundy print paper strip, punch both long edges with first border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Adhere across bottom of teal panel.

STEP 4

Cut 5-1/2”x1-1/2” gold print paper strip, punch both long edges with second border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Wrap gold ribbon around center, adhering ends at back. Adhere strip to card.

STEP 5

Place mask over random areas of card and apply modeling paste using palette knife. Remove mask and let paste dry completely.

STEP 6

Cut lace to fit across top of card; adhere in gentle swag.

STEP 7

Using photo as guide, sponge edges of layered accents and silhouette with burgundy ink. Adhere elements to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use modeling paste with plastic masks and stencils to create interesting texture on cards and other projects; let dry completely after application.

by Lisa Novogrodski (www.lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com)

Christmas Mailbox Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Customize these nature-inspired Susan Louise fine art images using water-reactive inks and a fun technique that creates a realistic snowfall look. Layer multiple images to create beautiful dimension.

Christmas Mailbox Card

Materials

  • Susan Louise Paper Pics Christmas Set 4 Mailbox Image (see Tip)
  • Cardstock: gold linen, deep red, dark green
  • Papers: Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother, white
  • Scrap paper
  • Red satin ribbon, 13/16” wide
  • Small red metal nailhead sticker

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Set, Impression Obsession Pine Bough
  • Large corner rounder punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pads: Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool and Foam Pads
  • Small water mister or water dish
  • Adhesives: adhesive runner, assorted foam squares, Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, cardboard box with no lid, paper towels, non-stick craft sheet, heat tool (optional)

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Christmas Mailbox Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” gold linen side-fold card.

2. Cut 3-1/8”x3-3/8” deep red cardstock panel; round corners with punch.

3. Die cut #6 label from patterned paper, #5 label from one Paper Pic image, and #4 label from second Paper Pic image. Use photo as guide. Die cut pine bough from dark green cardstock.

4. Cut 6” ribbon length.

5. Measure and lightly mark top and bottom edges of card front 1-5/8” from fold. Mark again 3/4” from first mark. Using adhesive runner, apply adhesive between marks along top and bottom edges; apply 2” of adhesive down center of card. Press ribbon to card; trim ends flush with card.

6. Using photo as guide and ink blending tool, apply Distress Inks to scrap paper to test inking technique. Working on craft sheet, ink foam pad and apply to paper edges in circular motion, starting off edge of paper and working toward center. Ink will be more concentrated around paper edges and fade in center.

7. In same way, first apply Iced Spruce Distress Ink to upper portion of large Mailbox Paper Pic, and then apply Frayed Burlap to lower portion. Apply inks in same way to smaller Mailbox Paper Pic. Ink edges of patterned paper piece with Frayed Burlap.

8. After inking, clean craft sheet. Place inked Paper Pics images onto craft sheet. To create snowfall effect, either spritz each image with water (for smaller dots) or dip fingers into water dish and flick water drops over surface of images (for larger dots). Keeping images level, place paper towel over them and press down to blot water until all water is removed; do not rub. Remove paper towel. Repeat water technique if needed. When pleased with effect, gently dry images with heat tool if needed.

9. Using adhesive runner, center and adhere red cardstock panel to back of patterned paper label. Adhere layered piece to center of card.

10. Place pine bough die cut inside cardboard box and spray back side with adhesive. Adhere shape over lower edge of layered papers.

11. Apply four large and two small foam squares to back of large Mailbox Paper Pic; remove backing and adhere to patterned paper label.

12. Repeat Step 11 to adhere small Mailbox Paper Pic to card as shown.

13. Adhere red nailhead sticker to center top of patterned paper label.

14. To finish inside of card, cut 5-1/8”x8-1/8” white paper panel; score and fold paper. Using adhesive runner, apply 3/4″-long line of adhesive to inside front of card near fold. Center folded paper inside card and press card closed to secure liner.

Tip

  • Paper Pics image is included as part of a set, but may also be ordered by the sheet. To order, email susanlouise@live.com or phone 608-206-6987.

by Penny Pierick for Susan Louise™ (www.susanlouisearts.com)

Cardinal Greetings Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Recreate the feel of a walk through winter woods with this sparkling, embossed card.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, kraft
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Bird
  • Red/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System and Distress Stripes A2 Embossing Folder
  • “Season’s Greetings” sentiment stamp
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers: Black, Red, Orange
  • Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots, clear dots, Sakura of America Glue Pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters, scrap paper

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Cardinal Greetings Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” kraft side-fold card.

2. Cut slightly smaller white cardstock panel; emboss panel with Distress Stripes texture.

3. Stamp sentiment as shown.

4. Using photo as guide, highlight embossed “branches,” a few at a time, with glue pen; sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container.

5. Continue applying glue and glitter until background panel is complete.

6. Using wire cutters, snip legs from wooden bird. Color and shade bird with markers. Adhere to background panel with clear dots.

7. Wrap twine several times around base of panel, tying bow at right side. Adhere panel to card with foam dots.

Tip

  • Flip embossed panel horizontally to create snowy ground effect.

by Cary Eldred

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”

Materials

  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

3”x6”

Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.

Tip

  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

Merry Christmas

With the holidays arriving so quickly, I decided to share a quick-and-easy holiday card that can be made within a few minutes.

Cut top-fold card base from white cardstock measuring 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. Stamp Hero Arts Dazzling Snowflake using Versamark on front of card.

Use makeup sponge to apply Blue STAEDTLER Karat Pastel Chalk and smear over Versamark image.

Trim edges of card 1/8″ on both sides of snowflake.

Ink up IndigoBlu “Looks Like Rain, Dear” deer stamp with Ranger Archival Ink Coffee and stamp over snowflake.

Ink up Hero Arts sentiment using same ink and stamp on top left corner.

Cut 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ from brown cardstock and mount to inside of front cover of card.

Accent with crystal gems.

A quick card to replicate and stock up for the holidays!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Stitched Holiday Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple stitched details on a holiday card say how much you care. Spread the holiday cheer by sprucing up your season’s greetings to family and friends.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, red chevron textured, light green Swiss dot textured
  • Ribbon, red, 2” length
  • Silver brad
  • Contrasting all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Ornament Punch, 1-1/2”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” red cardstock rectangle; score at 4-1/4” to make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 2-1/2”x3-1/2” white cardstock panel and 2-1/4”x3-1/4” light green cardstock panel. Notch bottom edge of white and green cardstock to create flag shape as shown.

STEP 3

Punch ornament into green cardstock as shown.

STEP 4

Lay green flag on top of white and lightly mark position of ornament opening.

STEP 5

Cut 2” length of ribbon. Position ribbon in center of marking.

STEP 6

Set VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that contrasts cardstock. Carefully stitch top and bottom of ribbon in place. (Note: The presser foot will guide cardstock evenly while stitching.)

STEP 7

Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching is done by reversing a few stitches on top of machine stitches at beginning or end of a line of machine sewing.)

STEP 8

Open card and lay flat. Position both flags flush to top edge of card fold as shown; sew straight stitch at 1/4” and 3/8” from scored fold line across top of flags.

STEP 9

Remove card from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 10

Pierce hole for brad placement in center of ornament ribbon; insert brad. Re-fold card.

Tips

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you will have guiding the cardstock while stitching.
  • Want to learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine? Click here to view a video for information and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

1. Make gold 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Same Products, Different Ways

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Our Design Team members show how versatile our products are by creating two projects using all the same products but yielding a different result. One Design Team member has created a how to construct a card project while the other Design Team member has a photo tutorial for coloring the main image.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black, blue
  • Blending paper
  • Whimsy Stamps Winter Frost Designer Paper, 6″x6″ paper pad
  • Black sheer ribbon, 1″ wide, 18″ length
  • Self-adhesive gems, assorted colors

Tools

  • Whimsy Stamps Rubber Stamps: Winter Friends, Season’s Greetings Notables 7 Sentiment
  • Whimsy Stamps Dies: Layered Snowflakes Set, Notables 7
  • Circle punch
  • Imagination International COPIC Markers
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Ranger Melt Art White Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Ultra-fine white embossing powder
  • Adhesives: Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue, paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, heating tool

Directions

Wishing You a… Happy Holidays Card by Jodi Amidei

1. Stamp Tuxedo Black image onto blending paper. Color image as desired using COPIC markers. Trim to 3-3/8″x3-3/8″, distress edges, and mat onto slightly larger black cardstock. Add VersaMark embossing ink to edges and onto corners of image in an non-uniformed pattern. Dip edges into white UTEE and heat to melt. Create two larger-sized backgrounds from patterned paper and black cardstock, treating edges in same manner. Cut strip of coordinating patterned paper approximately 1-1/2″ wide and mat to black cardstock; treat edges in same manner.

2. Die cut five large snowflakes from white cardstock. Cover each with VersaMark and then UTEE. Using tweezers to hold snowflakes, heat to melt. When cooled, reapply more VersaMark and another layer of UTEE to each snowflake. Heat again to create thicker layer. When cool, adhere gem to center of snowflakes.

3. Stamp sentiment onto cardstock using VersaMark. Apply ultrafine detail white embossing powder; heat to melt. Using circle punch, cut out center of sentiment and adhere to center of last snowflake.

4. Using photo as guide, assemble card onto 6″x6″ white top-fold cardstock base. Before image and snowflakes are added, wrap ribbon around background and tie at right edge into knot; fishtail cut edges. Adhere image and snowflakes using foam tape for dimension. Add sentiment in bottom left corner to finish.

Winter Wishes Card by Melissa Andrew

Using cardstock and Whimsy Stamps designer paper, dies, and stamps, create and assemble card as desired. Stamp Tuxedo Black Winter Friends image onto blending paper. Use COPIC markers and Winter Friends Photo Tutorial to color image. Embellish image with glitter glue.

Winter Friends Photo Tutorial

Follow this photo tutorial to color The Winter Friends image used in this project.

by Jodi Amidei and Melissa Andrew for Whimsy Stamps (www.whimsystamps.com)