Note: I have duplicated this post on my new website: JSS Journeys
I am always looking for ways to motivate me to start making my Christmas cards early so that I am not mailing them out on Christmas Eve as I have done so many times in the past! So as an incentive to start early, I asked my Sunday School class in August if they would like to have a Christmas Card workshop to make cards. They thought it would be a great idea, especially as a lot of them had never made their own cards. We set up a date in November and so my task began. I had two criteria in making card kits for the workshop...
1. I wanted to use up my Christmas paper scraps and
2. I wanted them simple enough to make in bulk
My first stop was Pinterest. Wow, there are a lot of talented people who love to share their ideas!! I set up a Christmas Board to house my finds and if you would like to see it, you can find it here.
The trouble that I had was picking just a few cards to make, I think I ended up with about 10 different cards to make, more or less!! I made around 20 kits per card to make sure the ladies could make more than one of the same card if they wanted. Each card set was put in a sandwich baggy and all of them put in gallon zip lock bags with a sample. I tried to stick with cards that used paper strips, but there were a few that I just could not resist that did not use strips.
A great benefit of making these kits up is I was able to make my cards from the leftover kits...a win - win for me. This would be a great project to start now for next year.
All of the card bases are 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches.
2 - 1.25" x 4.5"
1 - 2.25" x 5.25"
1 - 4.25" x width of sentiment plus .25"
Christmas b&t: 1 - 4" x 5.25"
2 - 1" x 4.25"
1 - 2" x 5"
White cardstock: 1 sentiment - 4" x width of sentiment
Berry colored cardstock: 1.25" x 4.25"
For this Poinsettia I used leaves cut out from red paper using my cricut. For the kits, I used my spellbinder poinsettia die. If you have a leaf punch, that would work also. I used a stylus to add texture to the leaves and then arranged into the poinsettia shape. I added bling for the center of the poinsettia.
Card #3 and #4:
These 2 cards are made the same way, the only difference is the buckle and holly leaves.
Red b&t: 4 - 1" x 5" Note: I trimmed these strips a little bit to fit the paper
Black or patterned paper: 1.25" x 4.25"
Card 3: Silver metallic paper cut in square 1.5" x 2" or a punch for shape
Black cardstock: 1.25" x 1.75" (add inside silver for belt piece)
Card 4: Stamp and cut out or die cut holly leaves 3 - 5 as desired
Bling or punched circles for holly berries
White cardstock: 1 - 1 11/16" circle
1 - 1 1/4" circle
1 - 2" circle
1 - oval for sentiment
Brown cardstock: MS branch punch - trimmed to twigs for hands
Orange cardstock: small triangle for nose
Black marker for eyes, mouth and buttons
foam tape or pop dots to pop up the circle for the head to tie ribbon
Note: I used my cricut to multi cut the circles...much faster.
White cardstock: 4" x 5.25" - embossed with Candy Cane embossing folder
Christmas b&t: 1 - 1' x 4"
1 - 1" x 2.75"
1 - 1" x 3.25"
White cardstock: stamped with sentiment and punched
Green cardstock: option to punch MS branch punch with red bling
1 - 3" x 4.5"
White cardstock: 1 - 4" x 5.25" embossed with swiss dots embossing
1 - 2.75" x 4.25" embossed with Intricate swirl or preferred
1 - oval punched sentiment
White cardstock: Option to stamp and punch the letters "J" "O" "Y"
or chipboard letters
Poinsettia die cut or white leaves to make poinsettia
tag with white cardstock sentiment
White cardstock: 3.75" x 5.25" embossed with sheet music embossing
folder cut into 3 strips about 1 1/8" wide
White cardstock: 4" x 5.25" embossed with Lattice Squares embossing
small tag with sentiment
Christmas b&t: 1.5" x 2"
1.5" x 1.5"
1.75" x 3"
Green cardstock: scrap piece cut with decorative scissors
Products used on cards:
Paper: Close to My Heart, The Paper Studio, Michael's
Stamps and Stamp Pads: Close to My Heart
Punches: We R Memory Keepers, Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up
Embossing Folders: Darice, Sizzix, Cuttlebug
Dies and Die Cuts: Spellbinders, Cricut
Ribbon: Joann's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby