Christmas in July

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Even though the holidays are months away, it’s never too early to think about what kind of cards you would like to send out.  If you are planning on making your own cards, you want them to be quick and easy to recreate.   My project today uses only paper punches and your favorite paper for a modern and fun twist on the traditional Christmas card.

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I started by stamping my sentiment in the middle of the front of my note card.  Depending on how many cards you’re making, I would do all the stamping first, then move on to the next step.

 

After punching a 2” circle from green glitter paper, I split the circle evenly in half using my paper trimmer.  You can do all your circles at once assembly-line style.

To get an even amount of adhesive on the front of my circles, I used the Creative Station 5” sticker maker.  The one I have is an older version, but it basically turns your die cuts into stickers.

Next, I adhered my split circles above my sentiment kind of offset, and close to the top and bottom of the words.  You want to be sure you adhere everything straight.  Since this is such a simple design, you want it to be crisp, clean and precise.

I added more punched circles, one with silver glitter paper (1/2”) and two in plain, red cardstock (one, 1” and one 1/2”).  The varying types of paper and circle sizes add interest to an otherwise simple design.  Popping them up with foam squares adds more texture.

I used patterned paper for these circles.  This is a great way to use up extra scraps from your paper pads.

For this one, I added a 1” circle using burlap paper.  This gives a fun texture for a more masculine-style card.

Depending on how many cards you have to make, you can get more elaborate—heat emboss your sentiment, use a variety of ink colors, whatever you like.  The key is to keep the design simple for easy creating, but add texture to make it exciting.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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