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Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Making Christmas cards is one of the most fun crafting sessions I have during the year. I listen to Christmas carols while trying out new ideas or recreating designs I’ve seen in magazines or in the shops. Here’s instructions for how to make seven different Christmas cards. I promise, neither of them are difficult to make!

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Hearts on a string

These cards were my favourites this year. No glue needed — you simply need a card, string, three hearts and a few holes. Voila!

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Materials

Blank card

Christmas craft paper

Heart puncher or heart template

String — either red/white twine, gold string or red silk ribbon

Pencil

Hole punch

Start by cutting out three hearts. I made mine either by using a heart template (from a quilting kit) or a heart punch. If using a heart template, decide if you want the sides plain or use pattern scissors to decorate the hearts’ edges.

Mark on the hearts  where you want to punch two holes for the string, placed just below the v on a horizontal line. Punch holes.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Place the three hearts on the card and decide where you want to make holes through the card. These holes should be hidden approx. underneath the outer holes on the outer hearts. Mark with a pencil and punch holes. thread the string/ribbon through card and through the hearts. The strings meet in the front of the middle heart, where you tie a bow and cut the ends to suitable lengths.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Heart on heart

Because we can never have enough heart at Christmas, right?

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Materials

Blank card

Two different kinds of printed Christmas craft paper

Heart templates

Pattern scissors

Pencil

Hole punch

Red silk ribbon, max. 0,5 cm wide

Paper glue

Start by cutting out the hearts — cut free-hand or use heart templates to cut them out. It looks pretty if you cut around the hearts with pattern scissors.

Glue the small heart to the middle of the large heart.

Make a hole in the large heart approx. 0,5 cm below the v — mark with a pencil and punch the hole. Slip a ribbon through the hole and tie in a bow.

Glue the heart to the card.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Christmas tree with ribbon

Last year in the after Christmas sales I invested in a Christmas tree punch. Along with my heart punch, this became my favourite tool for creating cards. This card is one of the easiest to make and looks so pretty, especially when made in an unexpected paper such as the black and white print.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Materials

Blank card

Craft paper of your choice — the black/white paper is from a box I received, the golden came from a chocolate box, while the Christmas papers are from the craft store

Christmas tree punch, find a template online or draw your own tree

Red silk ribbon, max. 0,5 cm wide

Pencil

Hole punch

Glue

Punch/cut out a Christmas tree in a paper of you choice. Mark for two holes halfway down the tree, about 0,5 cm from the edges. Punch holes, pull the silk ribbon through and tie in a bow.

Glue the tree onto the front of the card. If wanted, add one tree with ribbon, one without.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Christmas tree on a background

Using the same Christmas tree punch as above, I had fun adding more pattern to the cards.

Blank card

Two kinds of Christmas craft paper — light and dark

Christmas tree punch, find a template online or draw your own tree

Pencil

Ruler

Glue

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

There are two ways to create this card: Either punch/cut out a tree and glue onto a square piece of craft paper OR use the hole created in the paper from punching out a tree, cut a border around it and glue this onto another piece of craft paper, so this second paper shows through the hole. Use ruler and pencil to get the paper a perfect square.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Christmas tree silhouette

This is a simple way to make use of the pretty tree shaped hole the tree punch has created in your craft paper.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Materials

Blank card

The hole left by your Christmas tree punch

Pencil

Ruler

Glue

Glitter glue

Simply cut around the tree hole, leaving the silhouette about 0,5 cm wide. Either glue the silhouette onto the card as is, or create a background: Using pencil and ruler, cut a square piece of patterned paper to fit the tree shape. Cut around the square with pattern scissors to create a pretty edge.

Glue the tree silhouette onto the square and glue the square onto the card. To create some bling, trace around the Christmas tree with glitter glue.

Tall Girl's Fashion // Make your own Christmas cards

Here are two more quick designs:

Angel scrap pictures // Simply glue an angel onto a pretty piece of paper or fabric and glue onto the card.

Paper doily // Glue a Christmas tree onto a golden paper doily and glue to the front of the card.

SUGGESTED TOOLS

Over the years I’ve collected a few tools that make DIY paper projects easy and quick. Here’s a suggestion of tools to invest in when they are in the sales after Christmas:

Different hole punches // My Christmas tree and heart punches were in constant use when creating these Christmas cards. While quite pricey in season, these punches are often sold at 50 % off just after Christmas. Invest in the shapes and sizes that you think you’ll use the most. The large pink tree punch is very sturdy and can cut quite thick paper, while the smaller heart punch can only be used on thin paper as the handles otherwise will break.

Single hole punch // The only way to get the hole in the correct place every time is to invest in a single hole punch. Using a double or trippel hole punch is like playing the lottery.

Heart templates // I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve used my quilting heart shapes, but funnily enough never for quilting. Made of thick plastic in about 10 different sizes, I can trust them to give me a heart that will be perfectly sized for my project.

Pattern scissors // These scissors come in a range of different patterns and make any edge look pretty.

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