Welcome to Day 4 of our handmade Christmas Card a Day idea with instructions. Follow along each day this week for a new card design! Please see our previous post for background details on this post. (For previous card designs, please click here.)
This card features a handmade paper stocking and coffee-dyed pompoms.
– Before getting started on the card itself, we’ll suggest you first work on the embellishment since there is a some drying time required. We had some white pompoms from Walmart, but they seemed too stark against the paper we’d selected for the card. What we ended up doing, was dying them with the dregs from a pot of coffee. It took overnight for them to completely dry, but this could have been because they were totally saturated in the coffee. While the dying and drying is taking place, you can get started on the rest of the card.
– Cut out your greeting card base from a piece of festive patterned paper. We used Basic Grey’s 12″x12″ double-sided patterned paper, “Tidings/Wintermint” from their Fruitcake collection. The cut size (open) is 6″ x 9″.
– Score the card in half and fold.
– The stocking pattern was made by sketching a stocking shape (mirror image to how you want it to appear) onto the back of a piece of coordinating paper (it could be the reverse of the original patterned paper or you can use a green one like we’ve used here – a scrap that we’ve since lost the name of, sorry!). Don’t worry about making it perfect; part of the enjoyment in getting something handmade is that it is less than perfect and therefore unique. (As a side note, I have a rubber stamp that evokes this sentiment exactly. It reads, “Any imperfections in this handmade item are purely intentional!” I love this and will probably stamp the back of each card with it!) Also, cut out a red top and 2 patches of red to fit inside the stocking. (For the red paper, we used the reverse of Basic Grey’s “Berry Branch” and “Maraschino” from their Fruitcake line).
– Glue patches on the stocking and outline it with a black marker. Also at this time, you can outline the whole card with a black marker. Ink edges of card and stocking using Ranger’s Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in the “Tea Dye” colour.
– Glue stocking to front of card, leaving space for greeting at top. Glue the pompoms to the card as well, unless you’d prefer them to swing. Greeting is from a free download at PaperCrafts Magazine. (Thanks Vivian!)
We invite you to come back tomorrow for Thursday’s card.
If you have some handmade Christmas/holiday cards you’d like to show off to ScrapScene readers, either send us an email or reply with a link in the comments. We’d all love to see your work and maybe it be will featured in an upcoming post!