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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Crafting - Day 1 Cards

Sometimes it's easier to just buy a pack of Christmas cards to send out in the mail but we love making and giving homemade cards all year long, so we're going to share with you a Christmas card idea that looks fantastic and really expensive but it's actually really simple to make. Isn't this a beauty! What you will need to make this card:

2 Sheets of red card stock 8 1/2 x 11
Black ink pad
Glue stick or some other adhesive
Scissors or a paper cutter
1 sheet of sparkle paper for the door knob (If you can't find this you just cut a circle out and dab it with glue and use Martha Stewart Glitter)
Green leaf garland from Michael's craft store
Glue Gun

First you will take one sheet of the red card stock and cut it in half down from 11in to5.5 in.
Once that is done you can fold the card in half. Next you will cut two rectangles out. One needs to be about 1/4 of an inch smaller than the other. You will need two of each size rectangle. In order to get the contrast on the door panels you simply rub the edge of the card stock against the ink pad. Once that is done you glue the smaller piece to the bigger piece and then glue them to the card to make the bottom of the door.
To make the wreath you cut about 10 inches of this garland and shape int into a circle about the size you want and then you wrap the ends around itself to create the circle. Once it's done you glue it to the top of the card using a glue gun to insure it will actually stick. Cut a piece of ribbon to make a little bow and also glue it to the wreath with the glue gun.
The door knob can be cut out of sparkle paper and glued on with a pop dot or glue. If you can't find the sparkle paper just cut a circle out of card stock and glue the top and sprinkle it with Martha glitter and it will look the same.

There are so many options for making cards. Just get creative it's fun to do with your girlfriends. Now go get working on your Christmas Cards! I'm hoping to have all mine in the mail by the weekend.

Happy Creating, Meaghan, Monica and Nancy

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