I love Arts and crafts and feature most on my sister blog Mummy of Many Talents.
But as I’ve already shared a post on personalised Christmas cards on this blog today I thought it would be pretty cool to feature this here too.
I was actually given the idea to create the cards by the lovely people at “Getting Personal” who have some fantastic Christmas gift ideas and its their falt I’ve come over all festive
Christmas can be an expensive time of year and making your own cards and decorations can often lesson the burden a little.
So, I spent the weekend (well, just the Sunday) making some Christmas cards. Here’s what I made and a little step by step guide on how I did it.
Sparkly Christmas Tree Card
What I Used To Make It…
Black A4 Card
Mix of Green Sequins
Fine Green Glitter
White Deco Pen
Black Deco Pen
Mix of Sparkly Card
Mix of Ribbon
Step 1) Take your black card and fold in half.
Step 2) Draw the shape of a large Christmas Tree in Pencil (ensuring you leave enough room for a star on top and a potting pot at the bottom)
Step 3) Take some sparkly card (I used gold) and cut out the shape of a pot for your tree. Then use glue dots to stick it in place (this is less messy).
Step 4) Take some more sparkly card in different colours and designs. Cut into different shapes.
Step 5) Arrange your sparkly shapes around your tree to resemble wrapped presents. Once you are happy with the arrangement use sticky tabs to stick in place (Sticky Tabs are best as these make your presents look 3D).
Step 6) Use some silver sparkly card to cut out 2 small triangle and arrange these into the shape of a star sticking it to the top if your tree.
Step 7) With a brush start to cover your Christmas tree with PVA glue.
Step 8) Take your sequins and start to sprinkle them over your tree.
Step 9) Once your tree is covered in sequins use your fine green glitter to fill in all the spaces and gaps between the sequins.
Step 10) Shake and bang off any excess sequins and glitter.
Step 11) Choose some different coloured/patterned ribbon.
Step 12) Use the ribbon to decorate the presents under the tree.
Step 13) Use your black deco pen to add extra detail to your presents.
Step 14) Use the sticky gems to add finishing touches to your presents.
Step 15) With the white Deco pen cover your card in white dots as to create the effects of snow.
Christmas Gift Card
What I Used…
3 Different Types Of Sparkly and Patterned Card
1 Sheet of A4 White Card
Mixture of Patterned Ribbon
2x Sticky Gem Boarders (black & Red)
Step 1) Fold your white card and then cut a medium size square out of one of your 3 pieces of sparkly card.
Step 2) Stick the cut card to the middle of your white card with the use of a few sticky tabs (these are better as they produce a 3D effect).
Step 3) Cut two pieces of ribbon and stick them to your card with glue dots crossing one over the other.
Step 4) Cut two more smaller squares from the remaining two pieces of sparkly/pattern card you have chosen (ensuring they are roughly the same size).
Step 5) Again with the use of sticky tabs, stick the two squares either side of the bigger square ensuring they slightly overlap. Make sure either square is slightly tipped at an angle like that above.
Step 6) Take your remaining ribbon choices and repeat step 3 for the remaining two squares.
Step 7) Stick some gems in the middle of your squares to add the finishing touches to your gifts.
Step 8) Take your red gem boarder and carefully add this to the top and bottom of your card cutting away any excess.
Step 9) Take your black boarder and apply about 1 1/4 of the boarder above your decorated squares and then the same amount just below the squares (see the above image).
Christmas Stocking Card
What I Used…
A4 Piece of Black Card
1 Piece of small sparkly card
Silver Gel Pen
1 Sticky gem
Step 1) fold your A4 black card then cut it in half.
Step 2) Cut out a stocking shape from your sparkly card.
Step 3) Stick the stocking at an angle to the middle of the card using sticky tabs (as to give it a 3D effect).
Step 4) With the silver gel pen draw a craved line starting from each end of the stocking to each end of the card (as to create the string your stocking is hanging from).
Step 5) With the use of the silver gel pen write the word “Joy” at an angle just below your stocking on the right hand side.
Step 6) Add one large sparkly gem to the middle top section of your stocking to give it some bling
Step 7) Now use your silver gel pen to add all final touches such as a boarder to edges of card and bows along your stockings string (see images above).
It’s hard to give a rough indication of what each card costs because I had all the materials at home. But as you can see for all 3 cards I’ve mainly used the same materials throughout and with most of my craft materials being brought fairly cheaply they are guaranteed to be really cost efficient.
Here’s a list of most of the materials, their cost and where you can get them from.
1 massive bag off mixed Green Sequins £1 (Pound Land).
Black and Red Gem Boards £1each (Pound Land).
Black and White Card 99p each (99p Store).
Green Fine Glitter Tube (Hobby Craft) unsure of price but under £3.
Sticky Gems £1 (Pound Land).
Glue Dots £1.50 (Wilkinson)
Glue Tabs £1 (Pound Land)
PVA Glue £1 (The Works)
Deco Pens £10 pack of 6 (Baker Ross) but you can just use felt tip pens at a £1
Sparkly Card 20 different small squares £2 (eBay). Any patterned card is fine!
Silver Gel Pen Pack of 6 £1.29 (Lidl).
Ribbon various (mainly eBay) brought cheaply.