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Christmas is looming I'm starting to panic!
I would love to be super organised and have all my cards made, written and posted early. But life just gets in the way and as usual I'm struggling to get everything done!
That's why at times like this I look for some easier options.
One of the quickest way to create simple Christmas cards is to use patterned or designer paper. Add a sentiment, some layering and ribbon and you have the ingredients for multiple cards.
The ideas here can be easily replicated. Make them in batches like a production line for speed and efficiency.
Prepare everything first before putting your cards together as this saves loads of time.
Let's try it.....
Before starting your cards check out your card sizes and layers
Click on any Image to see the cards in Gallery format
These cards were created using patterned paper from My Favorite Things (MFT).
Trim paper and card.
Add a strip of card across the bottom part of the card before sticking to the card base.
Add your sentiment. These were stamped with a sentiment from Hero Arts and punched with a circle and starburst punch from Stampin Up!
Most patterned is either double sided in matching designs or if single designs the papers in the pack match each other. This makes it easy to mix papers on a card.
Cut off approximately a third of one paper design and two thirds of another. Put the two together on a card layer hiding the join with a strip of card or ribbon.
To finish add a sentiment.
A great way to use up all those left over patterned paper strips!
This time the sentiment was die cut with a circle die. While the larger circle was cut with a larger circle with a scalloped edge.
A different way to mount the sentiment is to use strips of paper across the edge of the card. A great way to use up all those scraps!
A quick tip is to stretch the ribbon across the card and fix behind with double sided tape.
A super quick and easy method is to choose a designer paper that has images that can be cut out and used on a card.
This snowman card also used a paper image in the same way.
Black and white Christmas cards are either something you love or hate.
Though with a monochromatic design there are few decisions to make on colours!
Both cards use a layer of patterned paper topped with a sentiment.
The first card has a simple cut rectangle with a black layer.
While the sentiment on the second card was die cut with oval dies.
Cards don't have to be complicated to be cherished. Your recipient will value the time you have taken to make something yourself whatever the difficulty.
I hope you have enjoyed this whistle stop tour through simple Christmas cards.