DIY Christmas cards with Laura Howard, part two
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!
This is part two of her inspirational tutorials. You can find part one here. Take it away Laura!
Today I’m sharing more 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.
Simple words cut from patterned paper look great! I opted for a large JOY but you could cut out smaller letters to spell words like XMAS or MERRY or YULE. Draw your own letter templates (you’ll find the templates for JOY on the PDF template sheet), print out large letters from your favourite font or use alphabet stickers.
To cut out the letters, turn the paper over and place the template face down on the back. Trace the shape with a pencil then cut it out and turn the paper over to reveal the finished letter.
For this card I just added a single strip of gold tape to “support” the lettering.
For this design I created a background with overlapping paper and tape, positioning the lettering in the centre of the card.
For these cards, use the Christmas tree templates provided to cut out lots of tree shapes then use them as the focal feature your designs. There are three different templates to choose from: simple trees, mini trees for small cards, and fancy trees.
The minimal shape of the simple tree means you can go bold with the patterns:
Instead of using a blank card for this design, I used half a sheet of card from the paper pack – cutting it then folding it in half, and pairing it with a brown kraft paper envelope. I used the tree template to cut out a patterned green tree then glued it to a piece of white paper. I then carefully cut around the tree, leaving a border of white to frame it and help it stand out from the background pattern, and then stuck it to the card.
For this card I used two of the small stamps and the white ink pad to print a pattern on the blank card – the white ink stands out really well against the red! Then I added the tree shape and a handwritten “Merry Christmas” on a small strip of white paper.
To make the stripy tree, I cut out a tree shape from white card and covered it in washi tape stripes. I used gold tape for the tree’s trunk then used the coordinating patterned tapes to cover the tree. I then cut a piece of brown paper as a simple frame for the design and positioned the tree leaving space to write “Merry Christmas” underneath.
For small Christmas tree cards, use the mini tree template provided. These are so quick and easy to make! I decorated one card with a stamp and silver ink, one with three strips of washi tape, and made the third from a sheet of patterned card from the paper pad.
The fancy tree shape is a little more time consuming to cut out, but it’s totally worth it!
The first card shows off the tree’s shape, with a simple bit of paper to frame it – I chose a pale pink to make the dark tree really stand out. You could add a festive message at the bottom of the card, but I quite like the design as it is.
This is another simple design: I used four pieces of washi tape to make a frame, added a small piece of gold tape to the tree’s trunk then stuck the tree in the centre of the card.
You need a bit of patience to make this stripy card but the end result has a lot of wow factor. Decorate a white card with stripes of the Christmas washi tape designs, leaving a small gap between the tape. Start in one corner and work your way across the card, trimming the excess tape as you go. Glue one of the fancy tree shapes to a piece of white paper or card and cut it out, leaving a narrow white border to frame the tree. Then glue the tree to the centre of the card.
Finally, instead of Christmas trees how about topping your cards with a bauble? I’ve kept my baubles pretty simple but you could decorate yours however you like! (This would be another great way to use up crafty scraps!)
For this design I used the fir branch stamp to decorate the blank card, placing the card on some scrap paper so I could stamp over the edges without making a mess. I wrote “Merry Christmas” on a bit of white card and cut it out, then cut out a bauble from patterned paper and added a bit of gold washi tape for the bauble cap. Finally I framed both the bauble and the text with contrasting rectangles of paper then stuck them in place on the card.
I did more stamping for this card, covering a piece of brown paper with gold acorns. I layered this over two strips of gold washi tape to create the background for my bauble. Instead of adding tape to the bauble cap, this time I added a decorative stripe across the middle of the bauble. I cut a small bit of ribbon and tore a piece of washi tape to attach the ribbon near the top of the card, then glued the bauble on top – holding the ribbon firmly in position, and making the bauble look as if it’s hanging from it.
If you’d like your bauble to actually hang from the card make the bauble from patterned card, punch a hole in the cap then thread it with a piece of yarn, baker’s twine or embroidery thread.
I decorated my final card with a symmetrical design of stripes (like the fancy Christmas tree card earlier) – I just can’t get enough of those lovely washi tapes! I decorated the bauble with a bit of gold washi tape on the cap, and a patterned strip of tape across the middle then glued it to a piece of white card. I then cut the bauble out again, leaving a border of white around the shape, and stuck it in position on the card.
Tip: if you’re doing vertical stripes like this, start in the centre and work outwards. I started at one side and ended up with a slightly lopsided pattern!
Thanks Laura! We are all super inspired to make all of our own cards this year now! Happy crafting guys!