Welcome to day 11 of our Handmade Christmas Card a Day feature. For past cards, please click here.
Today’s cards were made by Jacki Janse van Rensburg, from South Africa. Also read below for Jacki’s tips on using your 12"x12" cardstock to the fullest advantage when creating cards. You can visit Jacki’s blog here for lots more inspiration!
I always use 3 sheets of 12"x12" (30cmx30cm) card stock that mix and match to make cards. In the case of the Christmas cards, i used a pale gold, red and green. I cut 2 cards from each cardstock, each measuring 8"x6" (20cmx15cm), and folded them in half, making a total of 6 cards.
The remaining 6 pieces of cardstock, each measuring 4"x6" (10cmx15cm) I cut a little smaller, so they fit on the front of the cards with a little edge of the card showing as a border. These pieces I use to decorate the cards with. These steps I use for all my card-making.
For these Christmas cards I got my inspiration from card sketch #85, by Tami Mayberry on Card Positioning Systems. I cut scraps of Christmas paper into little rectangles so they fit 3×3 on each of the loose pieces, in a grid of 9 blocks, and stuck them with a little tape. Then i used my sewing machine, and using green cotton, i stitched with a zig-zag stitch around the edges of the loose pieces, and between each of the paper blocks, creating a quilt effect.
Then using foam tape, I stuck a block with some decorations on it, in the middle of the card, raising it a little. I cut little Christmas trees from paper, or used a little inspirational quote, or used a cuttlebug to cut and emboss a Christmas wreath.
Finally i stuck the loose pieces on the cards.