Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Cards

I love handmade Christmas cards! And even though it can be pricey, I love to make mine. I start the planning in Sept or October so I can order paper and /or stamps from my Stampin Up lady. This year I ordered this Top Note die for my Sizzix:









Here is my process for making Christmas cards:







  • after coming up with an idea, order or purchase supplies


  • decide that none of the stuff you bought is going to work and go buy more


  • get a family picture taken (using lots of bribes and threats of bodily harm to keep everyone smiling a decent smile)


  • come up with an example of the card you want to make


  • decide you still don't have everything you need and make an emergency trip to the craft store


  • assemble all your supplies














  • cut everything out all at once- My cards are 4 x 8 inches. So using a 12 x 12 piece of paper, I got 4 cards from each piece. I cut patterned paper into 1 x 8 inch strips. And using my Sizzix, I die cut the Top Note shape for my cards. I cut enough of all of the papers to make 60 cards. I also cut the ribbon into 8 inch strips.


  • the assembly- First I adhered the patterned paper to the bottom, then the ribbon over that. After making slits in the Top Note die for each corner of the picture, I adhered that. Then I stamped the message, and added 3 punched snowflakes.


And here is the final product. Please act surprised if you get one in the mail. :)



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