With all the excitement over Christmas crafts and trying new things I’ve noticed that my “paper craft” blog was starting to lack in actual paper crafts.
So let’s change that with these cute Christmas cards!
If you’re just here for cute pictures, the next two photos are for you! If you’d like to see how I made the cards, all the instructions can be found in this post.
I picked up this Die Cuts With a View paper stack recently during one of Spotlight’s sales – I just loved all the shades of red with silver (and foiling!).
I used this colour palette as my inspiration for the cards. I am just one of those people who needs to use a rainbow of colour in every project I touch. While rainbows are amazing and so much fun, I’ve learned that less can truly be more when it comes to colour schemes in craft.
It’s been a tough lesson – containing my urges to grab one of every colour and find a place for them somewhere in my projects. Sticking to just a few colours has really made my work look more “professional” and clean.
I tried to keep this whole card nice and simple as I had a few to make. This red and white paper for the background was perfect! I used pre-made card bases, plain white card stock for the heart and this cute twine is from Lawn Fawn. The twine was the perfect width to thread through the holes of the scalloped heart die (also from Lawn Fawn. I will make no secret of my love for that company!).
I used an adorable set from lawnfawn.com “Ho-Ho-Holidays” for the Santa, Mrs Claus and the sack. The cute little elves are by Mama Elephant. I played around with the placement until I had created this little scene. It was then a matter of colouring in and working out a simple background to tie everything together!
I coloured my stamped images with copics, sharpies and my always-trustworthy, cheap alcohol markers, sticking to just a handful of colours that matched the background paper.
I played around a bit with a few different patterned papers until I found one that went well with the red paper and wouldn’t clash with the rest of the design that I had planned.
Once I had set the little scene, I used glue and thick, foam tape to give everything a bit of dimension. Santa and Mrs Claus are raised far higher than the elves in order to make them look even taller in the foreground.
I covered the back of this scene in double sided, thick foam tape to further add dimension to the card.
Once everything was stuck together I was so proud that I had managed to stick to my goal of not going overboard with the colours. It truly looks like a Christmas card without misplaced colours!
I followed the same process for this card too! Using the same colour combination, markers and paper stack. I cant wait to send these off to my family!