Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting here on Gracious Delights. My name is April and I’m one of Ginet’s best friends from high school. I am a mechanical engineer by day (Ginet and I actually work for the same company), but a paper-crafter by night. I am a Project Life® scrapbooker, but just in general, I’m a paper and stationery enthusiast. You can find me blogging about my crafty endeavors here.
Today, I’m here to share a simple tutorial on making a set of holiday cards:
All photos by and belong to April Joy
These are the basic supplies I started with: Roller adhesive, silver Washi tape, red cardstock sized to A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″), a stapler, some manila shipping tags with some handwritten sentiments, an Exacto knife, foam dots, and scissors.
When Ginet asked me to put together a tutorial, I decided to make holiday cards that used non-holiday supplies as a base. This is because I know not everyone has a scrapbooking supply stash like I may have, so I wanted to use supplies that can be found at any craft store like Michael’s.
The 6″x6″ paper pad that I used here was found at the home store, T.J. Maxx for $2.99. It’s a pad full of neutral colored patterned paper which is what I was going for with these cards. I picked up the gold and silver foam stars from Michael’s. The only thing I used from my stash that a non-craft-obsessed person might not have are random bits of holiday stickers. I had silver doilies lying around and decided to use them to add a little extra touch. The silver could easily be switched out with white doilies (that can also be found at any craft or food store).
To start, I cut the silver doilies in half, then I tore off the tear strips from each sheet of paper from the 6×6 pad. I use the tear strips in the design of the card, so just move them aside for now.
Cut down the patterned paper to 4″x5.25″ – this will allow a red border to show around the paper. Glue the paper down and then the doily.
Now take those tear strips and cut them down in various sizes. I like to cut them into little flags. On this specific card, I glued the flags down along the right vertical edge of the patterned paper.
With the flags glued down, I positioned the manila tag at an angle (personal preference). I added silver washi down the side to add more interest to the card.
With the base completed, I added some extra embellishments. I added a couple of the foam stars, some twine to the tag, and a couple Christmas themed stickers. Here’s a closer look at the completed card:
Easy right? I hope I’ve inspired you to bust out your non-holiday craft supplies to create some homemade cards this holiday season!
I’ll leave you with some close-up shots of the other cards I made in this set using very similar techniques:
Thanks for stopping by!
*Project Life® is a scrapbooking system made easy created by Becky Higgins.