We’ve spent the last couple of weeks covering quick Christmas cards – the kind you can make a whole batch of, that probably should be in the mail any time now! You can find these posts here and here. You can find heaps of inspiration if you click over on the Christmas button on the sidebar too.
Now we want to bring you some ideas for the more special cards – the ones that you might only make a few of each year. For recipients who mean a lot, or for those who appreciate the extra work that goes into such a card.
Jane tends to make larger cards when it’s for someone special as she usually likes to write a small novel in them of the happenings of the past year or if they are a close friends it would be a heartfelt sentiment. Jane added a large frame sticker to her card front using foam mounting tape for dimension then cut poinsettias from the remaining background paper, the fussy cutting always looks as though it has taken you hours but the design was quite easy and they fill out the design quite nicely!
At Christmas there is always someone special you want to create that one off distinctive card for. Leanne has used the stunning and traditional All Is Bright range from My Minds Eye to create some unique cards and a tag with a difference.
For this card Leanne gained inspiration from many a pinterest post and a tutorial posted by the talented Marianne Skjelstad. The card folds flat but then transforms into a standing easel style card. A tutorial on how to make this style of card can be found here.
Leanne used a combination of chipboard elements and hand pieced fishtail banners to create this banner style card. The pieces were foam mounted on a die cut piece cut using the Memory Box Tessatina Border Die.
Leanne finished off the top of the banner with a combination of button, brads and bows all strung together with some twine.
A chipboard element was distressed and added to the card as the sentiment.
This special card was constructed using the diamond fold technique. Leanne die cut some memory box scrolls, layered on some hand cut fishtail banner pieces and some folded paper pieces before adding the chipboard “Joy” sentiment. Leanne applied distress stickles to the “Joy” lettering to add some sparkle. Some of the fishtail banner pieces were made from the All Is Bright decorative tape which she applied to cardstock before hand cutting them.
A tutorial on how to construct a diamond fold card can be found here
This tiny tag was created using a gate fold style construction. Leanne made the tag background and then added the gatefold sections to the tag front. These sections were created from label dies. The peg was covered in the All Is Bright decorative tape to tie the pieces together.
For one of a kind Christmas card why not try a Centre Step Card. This is a very eye catching dimensional card that is so simple to make all from one piece of cardstock and some clever scoring! Chris decorated her centre step card using the Echo Park Very Merry Christmas collection kit, Sizzix die cuts and some bling from Prima and Zva Creatives. For a tutorial on creating a centre step card click here.
Chris has used the Echo Park Very Merry Christmas collection kit again to create this fabulous card. I think the 'hero' element of this card is the magnificent red Prima flower with gorgeous jewel in the centre. The Prima crystal swirls, American Craft glitter and hand stitching all come together to make this Christmas card one that would be treasured.