As the festive to-do list slowly dwindles down to nothing more than a scrap of paper, a sense of relief begins to settle upon Homemakers across the country. Presents, tick. Turkey, tick. Tree, tick. Christmas cards, oh dear. With a list as long as your arm to contend with, sitting down to craft a collection of inspirational seasonal greetings was left to the wayside. Fortunately, we’re here to help, and ensure that your reputation as a thoughtful and creative Homemaker isn’t tarnished by your forgetfulness. Amanda Walker has six fantastic papercut ideas for you to try, that are so simple, you can trim a whole batch in one afternoon. So before you hurry out to pick up the last sorry-looking box of bog-standard Christmas cards left on the shelf, get your scissors ready and cut yourself out of your festive fiasco.
- Card: navy, blue and white gingham, navy and white striped, white, white aperture
- Paper: Blue and white striped
- Ribbon: silver, happy Christmas, spotty
- Peel Offs
- ‘Seasons Greetings’ rubber stamp
- Silver ink
- Snowflake punch
- Silver embellishments
Cut navy card into a rectangle and fold to make a tall blank. Draw a circle onto the face of the card with a pencil.
In a well ventilated area and with the surface well covered, spray the back of half pearls with adhesive and then stick over the drawn circle until the shape is filled.
Stick a snowflake peel off to the centre of the pearls and a greeting to the base of the bauble. Use a 3D foam pad to fix a bell and bow to the top of the bauble and a loop of silver cord.
Trim navy card into a rectangle and fold to make a landscape blank.
Snip two lengths of silver ribbon to the width and height of the card and then stick them in a cross to the face of the card with spray mount.
Adhere a silk flower to the centre of the cross with 3D foam pads and a greeting to the top left hand corner to finish.
Cut navy card into a rectangle and fold to make a small blank. Draw, then snip out a small half circle from the blue and white striped paper.
Lay the shape face down, pick up one corner and fold one third of the circle over, matching the straight edges together. Pick up the half circle, turn it over and then fold in the opposite direction and then again until the entire half circle is folded and a concertina effect has been created.
Stick a 3D foam pad between the layers and fix the tree to the face of the card with spray adhesive. To complete the card, stamp a greeting to the base of the tree and fix a silver star to the top.
Snip navy card into a rectangle and fold to make a small landscape blank. Cut a strip of blue and white gingham card and stick this to the face of the blank with 3D foam pads.
Use the snowflake punch to cut out five shapes. Stick a small silver heart to the centre of each and then adhere each one to the right hand base of the gingham strip with 3D foam pads.
Stick a peel off greeting to the base of the card to complete.
Trim the navy and white striped card into a rectangle and fold to make a small portrait rectangular blank. Snip a strip of white card to the same width as the ribbon; the length should be cut to match the card blank.
Use spray adhesive to stick the ribbon to the strip of card and then fix this to the blank with 3D foam pads. To finish, add a silver Peel Off snowflake above the ribbon.
Navy and White Card
Cut a piece of navy card and mount it, with double-sided tape, behind the aperture of the white blank.
Trim a length of spotty ribbon to the same width as the card and use spray adhesive to stick it to the base of the card.
Make a bow out of the ribbon and adhere to the ribbon strip. Stick a peel off greeting to the navy card, and finish with a couple of small snowflake ones .