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Christmas Card Tutorial by Leah Farquharson

christmas card tutorial by leah farquharson
christmas card tutorial
With the holidays just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about handmade cards. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t send handmade cards to everyone on our list – it’s just too much and too stressful! But I do like to include them with special greetings to family members that we’re not able to see for the holidays. The time and effort are appreciated by them, so it makes every moment of the process that much more special.

christmas card tutorial
One of my favorite things to do when working with scrapbooking supplies is make something unexpected from a simple supply. Things don’t have to be complicated to be beautiful! For this particular card that I assembled, I chose to look at the hugely popular banner piece a bit more closely. By simply turning it the other direction, I was able to make a set of simple, but pretty trees to be the centerpiece of this card!

christmas card tutorial
A set of chipboard letter l’s became trunks…

christmas card tutorial
and I was all ready to create!

christmas card tutorial
Start by cutting a sheet of patterned paper down to 8.5×11, then fold in half width-wise.

christmas card tutorial
Cut a coordinating paper to 8.25“x5.25”, round the corners if you’d like, stitch around the edge and ink the edges as well. Adhere to your base.

christmas card tutorial
Cut a circle 3.75” wide, ink the edges and stitch.

christmas card tutorial
Next I accordion folded a filter embellishment to go around the edge, but you could use anything from a doily to another sheet of coordinating patterned paper.

christmas card tutorial
It took two for me to go all the way around the outside edge of my circle.

christmas card tutorial
Apply rub-ons to the base of your card, and layer the circle with edging in the center. Adhere the christmas trees in the center.

christmas card tutorial
Stamp a sentiment on a strip of paper. Clip to fit outside the edges of your circle, and fold to make a banner. Ink the edges. Mount on foam squares on your card.

christmas card tutorial

Your challenge: Take inspiration from Leah’s card! Specifically in one of two ways: create a project with a circle design in the centre (of a card, a scrapbook page or another crafting project) OR create a project using your supplies in a different-than-expected way (like how Leah turned the banner upside down and added a letter to create Christmas trees). Take a picture of whatever you create and upload it to your blog or an online gallery. To enter, share a link to your project with the button below. Entries close at the end of Sunday the 20th of November. One randomly selected entry will win a $10 gift certificate to go shopping for scrapbooking supplies!

About Leah…
I reside in the South Florida metro area with my husband and two sons. I’m a busy mama who loves to keep life creative through sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, etc. Check out my blog and etsy shop to see more!

13 November 2011

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8 Comments for Christmas Card Tutorial by Leah Farquharson

  1. judean Says:

    beautiful card, Leah! I love the way you re-purposed other supplies to become “Christmas-y”

  2. Josie Says:

    Gorgeous Card, just beautiful

  3. Lowri McNabb Says:

    Gorgeous card Leah – I LOVE what you have done with the banner pieces!

  4. Shazza Says:

    this is gorgeous x

  5. Mafswife Says:

    Love the idea of upsidedown banner pieces as Xmas trees, what s fab tip!

  6. Olivia Says:

    Beautiful card! What stamp set did you use please?

  7. {leah} Says:

    Thanks for the sweet comments ladies! Glad you enjoyed! @Olivia – theflourish is a rubon that fancy pants designs makes, and the stamps are from American Crafts’ Dear Lizzy Christmas line! Hope that helps!

  8. Rachel H Says:

    SO pretty! I love the ruffle…

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