Christmas in July

Well, I have never before gotten started this early on Christmas cards and it sure was fun working on them this last weekend. Talk about getting you in the mood for the holidays! I just love Christmas and look forward to decorating every year. My husband on the other hand, doesn’t really care for all the moving around of furniture and setting up the tree but, he does like the final look when everything is done.

Ok, now a bit about these cards, first off I have to give credit where credit is due and the little deer card idea, I got from Mindy over at Bada-Bing Paper Crafting. You really should go check out her sight she has some really cute cards. The Santa Card idea, I saw it on Pinterest last year (sorry I do not remember which site I got it from exactly) and made a couple. When I was going through my holiday paper I found my first attempt sample card, and remembered how simple this card was to put together. I thought that I would make a couple of these again this year to put in my greeting card box.

Both these layouts are very versatile and can be used for just about any other type of card as well not just Christmas cards. Have fun and send me some of your ideas.

The Santa Card

One sheet of 8 1/2″X 11″ card stock (I used Very Vanilla)

One 4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of designer series paper

Stamp set for greeting

Embellishments – (I used the Santa I cut out of last years Stampin’ Up seasonal DSP and the flower I put together from another stamp set I got at Michael’s some time back)

Instructions

Take the 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock and cut it at 5 1/2″ this will give you two pieces of card stock measuring 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″. Take one piece and score at 4 1/4″ this is the base of your card. Take the other piece and cut at 4 1/4″ this will give you two pieces measuring 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. Take one of the 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ pieces and cut it in half at a diagonal, this will be the piece that you use for the front of the card over the DSP (Designer Series Paper/pattern paper). Do not worry this piece does not fit correctly on the DSP, we will get to that. The other piece of 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ card stock can be cut down to 4″ X 5 1/4″ and used as the inside insert for another card.

Alright, all of your cutting is done and now you get to stamp. Take one of the pieces of diagonally cut card stock and on the wider part of the paper kind of in the middle stamp your sentiment. Then what I like to do since all my ink and stamps are out I will stamp on the inside of the card as well, maybe an image or corrisponding sentiment.

Now we get to assemble…Take the diagonal piece of paper that we just stamped on and lay it on the front of your 4″ X 5 1/2″ DSP paper just like in the picture with the smallest end at the top. This is where it does not quite fit and that is ok, because once you get it glued down you will cut off the over hanging pieces. Once you have these two glued together and trimed then adhere them to the from of your card base. Place your embellishments on the front and you are done.

Have fun creating many different cards with this layout and please send me some pictures of what you have created, I would love to share them.

Sheila

 

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