Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Watch Us Wednesday with Audrey Pettit: Christmas Card and Gift Set Tutorial

Hi everyone, Audrey here with a fun holiday project for our weekly Watch Us Wednesday Tutorial. Today I'm going to share an idea for creating a Christmas card and matching gift, all in one.

One of my favorite gift ideas is giving hand-crafted holiday ornaments. They're fun, quick and easy to create, and add a very personal touch to gift-giving. Now put your homemade ornament together with a matching homemade card, and you've truly got a gift idea sure to delight everyone on your list this year. After all, who wouldn't like a gift that's also a card, and a card that is a gift.

Since the ornament will act as the focal point on the card design, just create a simple card for the base. I started with a card blank made from Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock and added a couple of strips of patterned paper down the center. A scalloped edge border and a bit of machine stitching add detail to the simple design, and trim made from burlap adds visual texture and interest. I added a tab cut from the patterned paper on the side, but kept the center of the card clear for the ornament.

Recycled cardboard makes a great base for any number of ornament shapes. Have fun playing with different ideas here. I drew a basic holiday tree shape for mine, but you could also do stars, snowmen, gingerbread boys, candy canes, holiday lights, or anything else your heart could desire. Use die cuts that you may have, trace around cookie cutters, or download templates from the internet. The sky is the limit.

Once you've cut out your shape, peel off the top layer of cardboard to reveal the corrugation beneath. Paint and ink your ornament and embellish. I used a holiday tag, buttons, a chipboard snowflake, and a bow made from Brown Baker's Twine for mine. Set an eyelet at the top or the ornament and add a wire hanger.

Adhere a bow made from Savannah Seam Binding at the top left corner of your card. To attach the ornament, simply pin it to the bow with Antique Stick Pins. Remove the pins, and the ornament is ready to hang. Add a Christmas Printed Ticket, and your gift is ready for giving.

Hope I've given you some fun ideas for holiday gifts this season. And I hope you'll join us this week and play along with our Christmas Cards challenge at The Kraft Journal. You have until this Sunday at 6 pm EST to upload your project to the gallery. Can't wait to see what you all create!

1 comment:

  1. Hey...

    Christmas cards are very important in Christmas.. It raise the happiness and love for each others...

    Christmas Scavenger Hunt


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