Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2010 Christmas Cards


  1. Ingredients:
    Background and accent papers from "Harvest & Holiday" paper pack by Debbie Mumm for Jo-Ann. Card base of 5.5"x4" (cut from an 8.5"x11" sheet) of Ivory cardstock sheets by The Paper Company. Thin green and ivory ribbons are by "Trim It Up" found at Michael's. The thicker green ribbon is by "Craft Narrows". Stickles colors used: Black Diamond, Turquoise, Holly, Lime Green, Candy Cane, Frosted Lace, Star Dust, and Distress Stickles in: Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw.

    Recipe: cut down ivory cardstock to 8x11". Then cut it down to measure 5.5" x 8". Use a bone folder to crease down the middle, now measuring 4"x5.5". Using the accent paper, decide which images will remain together, which will keep the borders and which will be completely or partially border-free, then cut out the usable images. I just started playing with each image to decide what will work on the individual card. Cut your background paper in 3" strips (from a 12x12 sheet) and then cut each section into 3"x5.5" to fit your card base. Once you decide how you want your images to sit on the background paper, next decide which, if any, ribbon will look right with your layout. As you can see, some of my cards have the thicker ribbon, while some have one or 3 thinner ribbons used. If you use ribbon, tack it down using a tiny "Zot" glue dot. Apply adhesive to your background paper and fold over your ribbon (cut at 6" to allow for tacking down on the backside; if you're going to tie a bow, you must make it longer, possibly 8"-9"). Adhere background paper. Next tie your ribbon and adhere your images with adhesive runner or pop-up dots/squares. Finish with Stickles and allow to dry. Enjoy!

  2. I was able to make 10 cards using one 12"x12" sheet of the accent paper. You can make 2 cards out of every ivory cardstock sheet you use. I also started using Kraft cardstock as an alternative.