What a crazy & busy (but FUN) time of year it is! I had a LOT on my To-Do list for Monday and Tuesday of this week because starting today my kiddos are on a 5-day holiday break from school! In those two days I managed to create a few more ideas with the latest Paper Pumpkin kit, cut all the cardstock for my 160 personal Christmas cards, finish packaging my greeting cards that I sell at vendor/craft fair events, AND purchase most of my Christmas gifts – which REALLY amazes me since I hadn't even STARTED my gift shopping as of 3 days ago.
I'll share what I'm making for my Christmas cards in an upcoming post. You'll be impressed because this year I went with "easy." And… they are still cute! (I can't wait to share them.)
But today I want to present to you an idea you could do for YOUR Christmas cards if you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, just got the Wonderful Winterland November kit, love the idea of photo cards AND you still need a card design! (This is similar to the card I did for my own personal cards last year. In fact I sort of like it better.)
With only a few extra supplies…
- business size envelopes from an office supply store
- your photos
…you can make 24 photo cards with one kit!
Let's say you aren't a subscriber yet and didn't get this kit. You can sign up today, purchase the refill/s in the online store and use your own stamps for the messages. (Only active subscribers can purchase refills & extra full kits from the online store – one of the many perks.)
These are super quick to make and are perfect for any vertical black & white 4×6 or true digital print.
- Cut Basic Black cardstock to 4" x 9-1/4"
- Use at the most 6" of twine per card. (I used 5" for each.)
- Attach "scene" within the top 2 inches of the card.
- Punch stars from the leftover paper that the scenery pieces were in.
- Use these same pieces to get the skinny strips for the bottom of the cards.
- Tuck the vellum under the photo and attach using adhesive only at the very top were the vellum is tucked so it won't be seen. (Adhesive shows through vellum.)
- Stamp onto the vellum AFTER it is added to the card. Leave room for signing your card.
- Adhere the twine bow with either a rolled glue dot from the kit OR the Fine Tip Glue.
- Attach stars using the Fine Tip Glue. (I highly recommend creating and using the toothpick tool I mentioned on October 29th.)
- Don't use a printer to copy your photos if you don't know how to adjust the settings for photo quality. LOL…sorry about the streaks on my sample photos.
In fact because we are smack-dab in the middle of the crazy busy holiday season and we are all rushing to get things done, I am sharing my alternate Paper Pumpkin kit ideas a little differently this month. I'm sharing them as I come up with them. There is such a small window of time with this kit if you are going to make and use the kit as is. AND the ideas that I am coming up with right now for you to try are also geared around the holiday season. So I don't want to delay in getting them to you simply because I am trying to get them all into a "how-to" video that would take me probably two weeks to finish.
I'll share more ideas with this kit soon!
The company that helped me transform my crafting space last December, Stamp-n-Storage is kicking off their Holiday Sales Specials today!
Stampin' Up! is offering great deals right now too!