I was really excited when Katie (Life With Ktkinnes) invited me to join her 2017 Christmas Card Swap. I had never done anything like this before so was keen to get involved. Last year, I was working at the Travelodge Hotel and sent about 3 cards to my colleagues, this year I was going to up my Christmas Card game, big stylee. Once I signed up to Katie’s swap, I then set about browsing Pinterest for inspiration. I finally decided upon Christmas Tree Washi Tape cards and here is how I turned my bedroom into a Christmas Card production line.
First stop: Hobbycraft. I love this shop so I didn’t need much of an excuse to go browsing the aisles. I found these cute little button stars and these handmade with love stickers. You can find them here and here. I also brought the cards and envelopes and chalk pen here too. I brought a pack of 30 (6.3 x 4.4 Inches) cards for just £5. What a bargain. Shaun asked me what I needed a chalk pen for and I was like for the snow (obviously!).
I absolutely love these stickers. I ordered them from Olly at Blooms Print Etsy Shop. There are so many cute designs and you can choose your own personalized text too! I actually ordered three different designs as I liked them all! I thought these would be a nice touch to stick on the inside of the Christmas Cards.
Now for the washi tape. I brought a set of 6 in metallic and copper. You can find them on Amazon here.
And for the tree trunks I brought this gold glitter tape from Amazon.
The Merry Christmas washi was found on the etsy shop: myCraftyNell and I thought this would be perfect to go underneath the Christmas Trees.
Once everything arrived, I was then ready to start making my cards. To begin, I marked a point in the centre of each card so that my Christmas Trees would be in the middle. Nobody likes a wonky Christmas Tree.
I measured 10cm strips of gold glitter tape and placed them in the centre of the card. These little stars were easy to use as they have a peelable sticky tab on the back. Perfect!
Making the gold washi tape tree branches seemed to take the most time. I used brown cardboard as a backing which can be brought on Amazon here. It was a simple process but I had a lot of branches.
Once I had a good selection of washi tape branches I could then cut them to size. I measured out 4 different sizes (3 inches, 2 inches, 1 inch and half an inch).
These were then spaced out and glued to the Christmas Tree trunk.
The chalk marker was then put to good use in making the snow.
I did the same sticking and cutting for the Merry Christmas washi tape, this time I used white card.
Ta-da! And here is the finished Christmas Card.
I added my stickers and the card was complete. I let them to dry for a few hours before I wrote my messages inside.
The final touch was adding in a mini inspirational card from Treatbox. All these inspirational messages are so positive and pretty. I thought it would be nice to spread the love at Christmastime.
Finally, I added the Merry Mail stickers I brought from PrettyLittleStickers on Etsy. Then they were ready to be posted.
Oh yeah, I can’t take all the credit for this. This is is Simba. He is my little helper and always wants to be involved.
Have you made your own DIY Christmas Cards this year? I hope you found this useful and if you have a go at making them yourself send me a photo – I’d love to see them all!
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