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How To Make Your Own Christmas Cards

8 Oct

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
Sticky Gems
PVA Glue
Brush
Glue Dots
Glue Tabs
Pencil
Scissors

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Christmas Gift Card

What I Used…

3 Different Types Of Sparkly and Patterned Card
1 Sheet of A4 White Card
Mixture of Patterned Ribbon
Glue Dots
Sticky tabs
Sticky Gems
2x Sticky Gem Boarders (black & Red)
Scissors

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Christmas Stocking Card

What I Used…

A4 Piece of Black Card
1 Piece of small sparkly card
Sticky Tabs
Silver Gel Pen
Scissors
1 Sticky gem

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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).

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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).

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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.

Tinyme comes to London

18 Oct

As many know I’m a member of Blog-match the site that specialises in matching brands with bloggers. a few weeks back I was very lucky to be invited to a fabulous event, an introduction to the world of Tinyme.

Yay, I’m going out… That’s right I don’t get out much!

So, before I get down to the serious business of giving you  the low-down on these guys, I must first tell you about the awesome meal they laid on at the swanky courthouse hotel London.

All my hard earn willpower flew out the sodding window like it had never ever existed! Diet, What’s that then? Now the main, that was actually quite well balanced in terms of calories but my goodness the pudding, well that was another story altogether… Beautiful but so deadly on the hips.

Well, enough of that! Not only am I making myself slightly hungry but I’m starting to sound like an M&S ad here. On a more serious note I should state that I wasn’t only here to scoff my face and meet lovely fellow bloggers such as Romanian mum, Mumsarus and the Macies world, I was also here to discover the world of Tinyme.

Tinyme, an Australian company which was founded by  three fathers who happen to have 13 children under the age of nine combined are a company specialising in a comprehensive range of affordable yet premium quality personalised products for kids. The brand is doing great in the big land of 0Z and as a result they are considering brunching out even further and eventually creating a second base, here in the UK… “Bring on boys!” It’s all getting very exciting for these three Daddies  

  On hearing that Blog-Match were organising an event with a company that specialise in personalised products, I became a tad excitable. Seriously people do you understand how hard It is for me to get personalised products for my children?

As you all know ‘Little man’ is a nick name (at least I hope you do). This isn’t just for the purpose of this blog! His Asperger’s syndrome means he finds it hard to separate the two (that’s adults and children) often thinking anything I do he can do too! I’ve always referred to him within all my writing as the Little man as at times this is exactly what he is… a Little man!

 

Little man is in fact ‘Giovanni’ as a first born son he took the name from his father who took it from his father and  so forth, I think you get the picture! Now, unless we are shopping in the beautiful Italian sunshine then we are not likely to find many personalised products here in the UK unless like Tinyme they are made to order.

I’ll be honest now, when it comes to stationary I’m a bit of a stationary freak. I have more diaries than I possibly will ever need in one year, I just love address books (despite the modern technology that can be found in the shape of my iphone and Macbook air) and far to many pens and note books with randomly scribbled words spread across each and every page. These guys had some lovely stationary. There was one product in particular that I cast my beady eye over, a beautifully designed dairy that came in a number of designs and sizes and could also be personalised to display the names of different members of the family. (Subtle Christmas hint directed at any family members having a nosey at me blog *wink, wink*) 

The founders of Tinyme were dead friendly guys who displayed lots of enthusiasm for their products. They had bucket loads of passion which I’m guessing to be the key ingredient to their success on the other side of the world and that growing here in the UK. Only two of the three founders of Tinyme were actually in London on the night of the event, but both done an awesome job promoting some extremely well designed items such as their name labels, bags, stationary, wall decor alongside a whole host of other amazing products that could be personalised to state pretty much anything you wanted.

The designs were some of the best I’ve seen on name labels, the bright colours used make them easy to read, plus the gloss coating gives them extra protection against scratches or that of wearing and fading text. They are even able to sustain different temperatures making them dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. 

 Name labels are always of interest to me, “God how sad am I?” But when your child can be irritated by clothing labels these are a godsend. The use of iron on labels allow me to cut out clothing labels instead of writing names in permeant maker then watching your child itch like a cat with fleas. The iron on type lay flat, you therefore have no seams, thread, scratchy material to contend with, the child isn’t even aware of their presents, making them a “must buy” for a child with sensory processing difficulties (tactile defensive being one of the worst). 

Another great product I loved was the wall stickers that looked great displayed in the venue on the evening of the event and came in an array of designs, catering for a whole spectrum of ages and taste. The stickers are easy to apply and work on most services. These can also be re-applied and more than once, so a change of bedroom or even house means the stickers can come too 🙂 

The guys have created a fabulous geeky site that allows you to pick a product, personalise it then at the click of a button an image preview is generated allowing you can see exactly how your item will look (meaning there will be no nasty surprises) Not happy, you can change the design & wording only placing your order once it’s just how you want it.

  If all this isn’t enough already the site also have a range of free printables on offer. Just download, print and use! This is a freebie and a good one at that!


Download and print anything from the 19 dedicated pages of awesome printable that you are even welcome to personalise. Here you will find cupcake toppers, animal mask, bookmarks and much more!

So, if you fancy a look (which is completely up to you) Click HERE!

Want name labels? A little birdie tells me there is a very special offer going on over on the Tinyme site, 50% off name labels and the offer of 150 mixed labels for the silly price of £23.99 with the choice of 100 different designs and colours. 

Like Tinyme on Facebook for the latest news and awesome competitions

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(plus look out for their pending launch off personalised Christmas cards coming soon)

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