I don't know about you- but every November there seems to be much wailing and gnashing of teeth and lamenting the fact that I did not get my butt in gear earlier in the year to GET ORGANIZED for Christmas. "Start early" I tell myself each year, just to find myself harried and hurried around December 1st trying to get everything done.
So-- I decided I would complete one task each month leading up to December so I can finally ENJOY the holidays. Now, I admit, I took January and February off. I think we are OVER Christmas stuff up until about March, when we start to look forward to the magical season all over again. So this month, I am working on handmade Christmas cards.
I am going to show you how to make these sweet snowglobe cards so you too can play along with me. I will be showing you a different project each month so by December, you are all ready to party, sing carols and play!
This is what you will need to get started on your Christmas card stash for 2011.
Create a 5" x 6 1/2" card from white cardstock. Cut black cardstock a little smaller and glue it to the white card front. If you would like, use a sewing machine to stitch a straight stitch along the border. Now cut a 3" x 4" strip from the striped paper, with the stripes going up and down.
Now that I have my snowglobe base, I am going to trace it on sturdy cardboard so that I can use it over and over by tracing it on the wrong side of the striped patterned paper. This will save me time when working assembly line style since I will be creating so many cards. Now lets do the same for the snow globe top.
Cut two 4" circles from white cardstock. Freehand snow drips on the top of one of the circles like in the above photo with a pencil. Cut out, trace on chipboard and cut out. Now you have two patterns you can use over and over again.
Glue your pieces together in the following fashion. Glue snowflakes to white circle surrounding snowman image. Place paper glue on top of acetate and press to cardstock to create a "glass globe." Glue snowdrips on top of acetate.
Now, glue the snowglobe circle to the cardfront, and the striped paper base to the bottom of the circle. Glue the small black circle to the center of the large white snowflake. Punch a hole in the center of the circle and insert a jeweled brad. I never can resist adding a jeweled component of some sort to a project.
Stamp a sentiment on a 1" x 5" strip of light blue cardstock and fork ends with scissors. Glue to top base of card. If you would like to, sew the edges of the snowglobe base with black thread and a straight machine stitch.
Finally, use DecoArts Glitter Writer in Clear to outline edges of snow drips and large snowflake.
Check back around the beginning of April, and I will show you how you can create custom wrapping paper by the roll using your collected patterned paper scraps, grocery bags, newspaper and almost anything else you have.
Live Life Creatively,