Happy DIY Wednesday!!! Back this week with a brand new handmade Christmas card – this one is even bigger! I’m super excited to share because I snuck in a little Cricut action at the end.
To follow my directions below, download either this blank template
or the version with “Ho Ho Ho”
already included and print from your home printer. Final card will measure 5×7 inches, the template comes with cropmarks to cut and also where to score in the middle.
Supplies and materials: 8.5×11 cardstock, extra cardboard for tree template, pencil, ruler and X-acto knife, scissors, scoring tool, hot glue gun, tacky glue.
Embellishments: Star stickers, snowflake sequins, rick rack ribbon, green glimmer felt, red craft paper, snowflake stamp and ink pad.
Start by making a tree template out of some extra cardboard or any piece of paper you may have. I free-handed my tree by drawing some triangles. Cut the paper and lay it over the felt to cut along the shape. Make sure to measure if it will fit on the card!
Grab your glue gun and apply a generous amount on the back of the felt – especially in the corners where it can easily stick out or peel off. Press gently to adhere to the template.
Add a star topper and proceed to glue snowflakes on the felt. Add a small drop for each snowflake or it will get all over the place – you know glue guns.
Slowly getting there! Measure rick rack ribbon for your tree and cut a bit more so the ends can be folded in. Glue the ends for a finished look, careful the ribbon may run!
Apply a dot of glue on each end of the ribbon pieces and press gently to your tree.
Final touches: dab the snowflake stamp in some metallic ink and embellish the background of your card. Tip: try first on a test sheet if you like the effect!
Cricut letters! Not everyone has a Cricut machine so the steps below are optional. If you’ve downloaded the 2nd template above you are all done! Feel free to apply store bought letter stickers instead and even add glitter. Can’t have too much glitter! ;)
I eye-balled the placement of my felt tree, there was a little bit of space on the bottom left over so I measured it and came up with the perfect size for my HO HO HO letters – 3/4″
Loading up the Cricut (using the Storybook cartridge) – set letter height to 3/4″ – I chose the “fat” versions of each letter by using the “Shorty/Holes” button.
I was able to find some sort of red craft paper- actually Color Theory paper sheets from school!! They were a little weird but worked just fine.
Since it was a very small cut, I typed in my phrase all at once so I wouldn’t have to reload the mat. Standard settings and letter height set to 3/4″
Once the cutting was done, I unloaded my mat and peeled off the letters. I then applied a generous amount of tacky glue to the back of each letter and applied to the bottom of the card. Wait to dry and you’re done!
I hope this DIY wasn’t too hard to follow, it’s definitely more involved and requires a bit more patience than the previous two projects. Looking forward to sharing more ideas and freebies for the season! December starts tomorrow!! Enjoy :)
Check out these previous DIYs:
DIY Christmas: Handmade holiday cards #1
DIY Christmas: Handmade holiday cards #2