How to make Christmas greeting cards

November 23, 2012, 12:26 pm Yahoo!7

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How to make gorgeous Christmas cards. Forget impersonal blanket emails and make stylishly whimsical greeting cards to send Christmas cheer to all the folk you care about.


Dove template
Flower templates

Gather your supplies


Scrapbooking card in red, green, turquoise, cream and avocado green; jewellery wire; heart button; patterned paper; seed beads; clear red round beads; double sided tape; mounting tape; metallic embroidery thread, clear craft glue

Here’s how


Dove card
Step 1: Cut cream card to measure 26 x 15cm, and fold in half to form greeting card measuring 15 x 13cm.
Step 2: Enlarge Dove Template (above) and cut out in red card, removing centre circle. Cut green card to measure 13.5 x 11.5cm. Centre and glue to cream card.
Step 3: Cut a 6cm-dia circle from patterned paper. Using small strips of mounting tape, stick patterned circle behind cut-out in dove.
Step 4: Using image above as a guide, create branches by twisting and looping wire.
Step 5: Using mounting tape, secure branch to back of dove, then stick dove and branch onto green backing card.
Step 6: Embellish patterned paper as desired with seed beads. Use one bead for eye.

Flower card
Step 1: Cut red card to measure 24 x 12cm, and fold in half to form greeting card measuring 12 x 12cm.
Step 2: Cut an 11cm square from patterned paper, centre and glue to red card.
Step 3: Enlarge Flower templates (above). Cut large flower from green card and small flower from red card.
Step 4: Place mounting tape on back of both flowers (on each petal and centre). Using mounting tape, centre and stick small flower to large. Glue button to centre of small flower.

Step 5: Using mounting tape, centre and stick flowers to patterned paper.

Heart card
Step 1: Cut cream card to measure 17.5 x 19cm, then fold in half to form greeting card measuring 17.5 x 9.5cm.
Step 2: Cut green card to measure 16.5 x 8.5cm.
Step 3: Glue scrap of patterned paper to scrap of cream card. Cut a 3cm-dia disc.
Step 4: Using needle, poke a hole, 3mm from edge of disc. Feed metallic thread through hole, leaving 10cm thread tails. Knot thread together 1cm out from disc. Then knot ends of tails together.
Step 5: Using image above as a guide, mount disc onto green card. Poke a hole through green card directly under knotted end of thread.
Step 6: Twist and loop wire to form branch. Using needle and metallic thread, stitch through hole in card to secure tails and branch to knotted end of thread and to front of green backing card. Securing with tape, wrap loose end of branch around to back of green card.
Step 7: Use metallic thread to attach heart button to a branch.

Step 8: Centre and glue green card to front of cream card.

Tree card
Step 1: Cut green scrapbooking card to measure 16.5 x 22cm, and fold in half to form greeting card measuring 11 x 16.5cm.
Step 2: Cut cream card to measure 15cm x 9.5cm.
Step 3: Cut a small star, (measuring about 3.5cm from tip to tip) in green card. Then cut 3 right-angle triangles in avocado green, red and turquoise, increasing the long side measurements by 5mm for each triangle. These represent tree branches. Using green card, cut a 4.5cm tall tree trunk (2cm wide at the base and 1.5cm at the top).
Step 4: Using image above as a guide, glue trunk in place on cream card. Covering top of trunk slightly, centre and glue large triangle on cream card, followed by red triangle then, angling it slightly, finish with avocado green triangle.
Step 5: Glue button to centre of star, then glue star to tip of tree. Glue a red bead to each 'branch'.
Step 6: Centre and glue cream card to front of green card.

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