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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Quick Christmas cards using pre-made card fronts...

As I have mentioned many times, I regularly get craft supplies from the thrift store where I volunteer. Well, recently I got a Recollections 12" X 12" Christmas-themed paper pack.

Included in that pack was this page:

The page was intended to provide 6 gift tags and two card bases with designs on the fronts and backs of the cards. I decided to cut the card bases apart and use each design as a card front.

Here are the cards I came up with:

For this design, I simply matted the card front with some glossy red foil to match the imprinted circle. Then I added a "Merry Christmas" (cut from that same foil) and a few sequins.

Because foil is so thin, I backed it with some Cut 'n' Bond before cutting out my sentiment. Then I removed the backing from the adhesive and laid my die face down on my card front--with the die-cut still in it--and gently pushed the die-cut onto my card through the holes provided in the die. This kept the sentiment from going all wonky on me, which can happen with thin materials.

This card was super easy. I simply matted the card front with some matching gray cardstock and added a few sequins.

For my final card, I matted the card front with some candy cane-patterned vellum (also included in the paper pack). Then I cut my sentiment from Dollar Tree foam board and adhered it.

In this photo you can see the nice dimension you get when cutting a sentiment out of foam board. It's so much quicker than cutting it several times from cardstock and then gluing them together.

Finally, I added some white snowflakes with gem centers to the four corners of this card. Easy, peasy!

This is just one example of how I handled the interiors of the cards. I tried to coordinate each interior with the design on the front.

I also used the tags to make four more cards, but I'll save those for another post.

We are plunging into "below 0 degrees" territory here today. Ugh.  I could do without the sub-zero temps and icy road conditions. Guess I'll just have to stay inside and craft. The sacrifices I make to live in Minnesota!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

Wow! Great job using the premade card fronts. As you show a few embellishments send them to a whole new level. I didn't know about the foam board. I happen to be going to Dollar Tree today. I am going to look for it. Can you color it?

Glittered Paws said...

Oh how creative-I always say I am going to do that and then I never do but you aced these for sure. Sub zero temps and icy roads just are not my thing. Good time to stay inside and finish cards or bake or just read a book.