Each year I make and mail out about 50 Christmas cards...so I've had to learn how quickly to mass produce these since there's so much to be done during the month of December. With that in mind, here's a little tutorial on how I created my Christmas cards this year:
For starters, here's a photo of the front of the card:
To begin, cut a piece of 12" x 12" cardstock to 12" x 11". (I used CTMH Colonial White cardstock). With the 12" side at the top of your paper cutter, cut 3 - 4" strips. Score each strip at 4 1/2" and fold. This will make each card measure 4" x 5 1/2" when it is folded, allowing it to fit into a standard A2 envelope. (NOTE: You'll be able to get 3 cards from each 12" x 11" cardstock).
Fold each card on score line and set aside:
Using double-sided paper, (I chose papers from the CTMH "Mistletoe" collection), cut 4" x 4 1/2" rectangles...one for each card that you're going to make. Now, cut the rectangles in half, which will allow you to display both sides of the pretty double-sided paper on your card. Select a coordinating paper and cut 1" x 4" strips...you'll need one for each card. Set aside.
Cut out images and punch holes in them. Set aside.
Now it's time to begin assembling your cards...
Adhere the 4" x 4 1/2" rectangles that you've cut in half to the front of the card:
Apply 1" x 4" strip of coordinating paper to the right outer edge of the inside of the card:
To finish decorating the tag for the front of your card, run a piece of ribbon through the punched hole. (I used CTMH Cranberry velvet ribbon). Tie a piece of thin satin ribbon around the velvet ribbon at the base of the tag to hold the ribbon in place:
You can stamp a decorative image on the envelopes if you like...I always think that's a nice touch!
It's easy to make a coordinating gift bag as well!
Begin with a basic kraft bag:
Apply adhesive to one of the punched strips and apply to one of the long edges of the decorative paper. Repeat process for the other side and apply to the bag as shown:
Using 3-D dots, apply the decorative tag to the front of the bag:
Lastly, here are 3 variations of the above card, which will fit into a standard number 10, (4 1/8" x 9 1/2"), envelope. Each card measures 9 1/8" x 4":
I hope this tutorial has been helpful! Have a WONDERFUL week!!