Apart from the kraft card blank, this Christmas card is totally made from snippets - even the tag counts as a snippet as it was upcycled:
- 4" x 6" kraft card blank, chopped down from a 6" square one
- snippet of black card stock, trimmed to an eighth of an inch smaller on each side compared to the card blank then glued to the card front
- snippet of red patterned paper from the LOTV 'Classic Christmas' paper pad. Now that LOTV have stopped selling paper pads - even snippets of snippets will be squirreled away!
- snippet of white card, embossed using a Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder
- trimmed them to size and adhered both the red patterned paper and white embossed panel to a spare snippet of thick paper which was about quarter of an inch smaller than the pieces I just listed so, when they'd been added to the paper, there was a neat little border all round on the reverse side. I then cut a narrow strip of black card leaving it a bit longer than necessary and stuck that over the join of the patterned and embossed panels so I could hand trim it to size (from the back - always) which ensured perfect alignment. That then made it so much easier to attach the whole assembled panel to the black panel on the card front - why didn't I think to do this before now?!
- and the final part was really where the idea for this card came from. In the box of Christmas cards to upcycle there was one card I'd been looking at all last year - it had a traditional image of Santa on and a sentiment label added using sticky pads
- had to chop away a bit at the card to prise the label off the card without damaging it - so poor Santa was sacrificed. Part of the label's design was a printed eyelet and a little printed strip of string which would need to be disguised.
- created a separate eyelet from a snippet of kraft card, using a small SU round punch and a smaller hole punch. Then punched a hole in the tag itself and added the newly made eyelet over the top of the printed one
- a rootle through some snippets of ribbon turned up some black and red ribbon which was then added to the tag
- stuck the tag in place using 2mm thick sticky pads - had to do that due to the thickness added by the ribbon. Simple tip here - if the hole you're threading ribbon or cord through is quite small, use a loop of thread as a 'fishing line' to loop the ribbon through and then pull it through the hole
Have a feeling this card will need a large letter size stamp - or be hand delivered :)
I'm entering this card into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #265 where it's 'Use a sentiment' - and also into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January where it's always 'Anything goes'.