Hey, welcome back! My whole family was sick, and I’m behind on my card making. Then my husband added a few more names to my Christmas card list at the last minute. Anyone else feeling a little bit frantic? I’ve got lots of last minute cards to share with you, and they all start with patterned paper!
I love using patterned paper for last minute cards. It’s inexpensive, beautiful, and it gives your card a starting point. I’m using my paper for backgrounds, but you can always fussy cut an image for a focal point, as well.
This paper today is Gifts of Gold (with foil) by The Paper Studio. It’s 6 x 6, the perfect size for A2 cards. Some of the designs are foiled, and I focused on those for a little extra punch, since the rest of the cards will be pretty simple.
There are 3 sheets of each design, so I removed the foiled sheets from the pad, and die cut the sheets using my Big Kick. If you don’t have dies, you can easily measure and cut the sheets to 4″ x 5 1/4″, but I love the decorative edge. The sheets on the left were cut with the Postage Edge dies, and on the right I used Stitched Rectangle dies. Both are from Simon Says Stamp. If you have a repeating design, like the stars on the left, try to center them in the die before you cut, so the design looks balanced.
I’m using premade card bases to speed the process along. Many times I make my own card bases, but I don’t have enough on hand today. Plus, they come with matching envelopes, so that will help me get these in the mail faster, too. And you’ll notice that all of the cards have a pretty clean and simple design. When you’re in a hurry, keep it as simple as possible!
For this card, I attached strips of black satin ribbon to the card with tape runner, and tucked the ends behind the panel. I die cut a gift tag using the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX from My Favorite Things. These dies are now retired, but there are many similar options available. I stamped Merry Christmas (from Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages) with Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold. Finally, I attached it to the card base with foam tape, and topped it with a ribbon bow. Note: Attaching ribbon can be a bit of a pain. I recommend either Be Creative Tape or a hot melt glue gun, so the bow doesn’t fall off in the mail.
I’m using very little foam tape. The flatter the card is, the better it looks after a trip through the mail!
I had one sheet of gold foiled cardstock from Recollections, so I die cut a deer (from Tim Holtz) and attached it with tape runner. Next, I stamped Winter Wonderland with Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink, and let it dry before cutting it down with my paper trimmer. I attached the sentiment with foam tape, and added a few red gems for interest and color.
This card could not be simpler. I heat embossed an ornament from Inkadinkado’s Christmas Silhouettes in gold on white cardstock. Then I fussy cut it, and attached it with foam tape. Done!
For this card, I die cut 2 wreaths from green glitter cardstock, using the Joy Wreath die by Catherine Pooler. The word Joy comes with the wreath, and I die cut it from red velvet paper (I love that you can buy velvet paper – so cool!). I attached everything with liquid glue. You could add gems if you wanted, but I think this card is busy enough!
For this card, I die cut a piece of cardstock with the smallest Postage Edge die, and added Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. I added Chipped Sapphire Ink around the edges. When it was dry, I stamped my carolers and the stars (from Catherine Pooler Designs Here We Come A Caroling stamp set) with Versamark ink, and heat embossed them in white. The carolers looked like they were floating, so I used a Ranger Emboss It pen and a ruler to add a line under their feet, and heat embossed it, too. I masked off the back of my card base, and rubbed my Blueprint Sketch ink pad on the front, to add a pop of color. This is an easy way to add more color, and it matches perfectly!
I love that the foiled paper already has a sentiment printed on it, so I didn’t add one to the front. On the inside, I used the same stamp set to add, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
And this card is my favorite. First I attached my foiled panel to the card base with tape runner. I used layered square stitched dies to cut a window through the front of my card, and stamped my manger scene inside the card. Then I used two of the layered dies, centered inside each other, to die cut a frame for the window. I heat embossed O Holy Night on a scrap of the same cardstock, and trimmed the ends to look like banners.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If your Christmas cards are done, these designs are also great for thank you cards. What do you do to make the holidays easier when you’re feeling frantic? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!