DIY Christmas cards with Laura Howard, part one
The super talented Laura Howard has been busy crafting up some really cute Christmas card designs for you all to get creating. We love how many possibilities there are with card, washi tape and stamps! Here is part one of her inspirational tutorials (you can find part one two here). Take it away Laura…
Can I tell you a secret? Christmas crafting is my absolute favourite kind of crafting!
Today I’m sharing some ideas for making Christmas cards using this gorgeous festive paper pad. The coordinating sheets of paper and card work so well together, and the gold foil details are just fabulous!
… and this set of ink pads which includes fab metallic ink.
Follow the links to find the exact products I used, or click here to see the full range of paper crafting supplies available in the Village Haberdashery’s online shop. Click here for the PDF template sheet that accompanies these projects.
Washi tape comes in so many pretty designs, and it’s so fun and easy to work with!
To add neat stripes of tape to your cards, tear or cut a piece of tape longer than needed (so the tape will overhang each end of the card you’re sticking it to) and carefully press it into position. Turn the card over and trim away the excess tape, cutting flush with the edge of the card for a nice clean finish.
Tip: have a bit of scrap paper on your desk and stick the little offcuts of tape to it as you work.
The coordinating patterns of this tape set look so great together, just add three stripes to a small card for instant festive loveliness.
Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes as well!
For this card I used gold ink and the small acorn stamp to coordinate with a couple of stripes of tape.
When using the rubber stamps, use a piece of scrap paper to make test prints before you stamp your cards. Make sure the ink is evenly applied and press the pad firmly to make a clear print. Wipe the stamps with a damp cloth before using a new ink colour.
Leave a gap between the stripes to add a festive message in your best handwriting. Write in pencil first to make sure you’re happy with it then allow the ink to fully dry before erasing the pencil lines.
For this card I used the wreath stamp, adding text underneath. I also covered the whole flap of the envelope with tape, which I kind of want to do with all my letters now!
If you don’t have the stamp set, why not cut out a motif from paper? I cut this wreath shape out from the paper pad and added my own message in the centre, then glued it on top of the tape.
You can also decorate larger cards with washi tape stripes! Play around with patterns and combos of tape to create different designs.
Layers and Geometric Shapes
Simple shapes look great when working with patterned paper. Mix and match the Christmas papers, and add in scraps of gift wrap or other nice paper from your crafty stash. You’ll find templates for the circles and star I’ve used on the PDF template sheet.
To add a strip of paper stretching the whole length of the card, use a ruler to cut a rectangle slightly longer than needed. Glue the paper in place so it overhangs the card at each end and leave the card face down while the glue dries. Once the glue is dry, trim away the excess paper.
For this small card I added a strip of paper down the centre of the card, two contrasting paper circles and a line of metallic gold tape.
For the envelope, I used one of the small stamps and the white ink pad to print a festive pattern – place the envelope on a piece of scrap paper so you can stamp over the edges. You could leave the front undecorated, decorate it after you’ve written the name or address, or stamp the whole envelope then use an address label on top.
With larger cards you have much more space to play with shapes and colours and really show off all those lovely patterns. You could go super simple or cover the whole card with pattern for a maximalist look.
For this card I added two layers of paper, three large circles, and stamped two rows using the fir tree stamp – as with the envelope, above, I placed the card on a piece of scrap paper when stamping so I could stamp over the edges without getting ink on my desk!
This card has the same basic design but it looks very different. I cut a strip of brown paper and used one of the stamps to decorate it. I added two lines of gold tape to the card then stuck the paper on top so the gold tape forms a lovely edging. I then added three circles cut from contrasting paper and finished the card by drawing two rows of scallops with a black pen.
In the centre of this card I stuck a piece of patterned paper then added a line of tape in the middle and a paper star on top. I used a ruler and a black pen to highlight the central shapes (which I have to admit wasn’t entirely successful as I forgot to test if the pen would write on the tape! Oops). To finish the card I stuck overlapping strips of washi tape.
As well as using paper, why not make use of some of the scraps left over from your other crafty projects? Felt, fabric, ribbon, buttons, sequins, felt… they can all look great when added to Christmas cards.
I used paper and washi tape to create the background of this card, then topped it with ricrac and felt. I cut two pieces of green felt to size (trimming the lighter green felt with pinking shears), stitched them together with some metallic silver thread, stitched a piece of pink ricrac on top and stuck the whole lot in place on the card with craft glue.
Then for these two small cards I used paper and tape for the backgrounds and cut small circles from metallic gold faux leather and red wool felt. I decorated the felt circles with simple embroidery and some gold sequins then stuck all the circles in position with craft glue.
Part Two coming soon…!