Hope, Joy, Peace Christmas Card
By: Sandra Brown
Show your love of friends and family by making them a card that celebrates the spirit of the season. This fun and cheerful card is easy to make!
Skill Level: This card craft is fun for moms and kids (age 7 and up) to do together. Moms may want to precut the paper and then help guide the child in assembling the card. And remember to get input from creative kids! Plus, if you're looking for just-for-mom time, put on some holiday music and make a few cards on your own.
What You Need
- White cardstock cut to 5 ½” x 8”
- Solid-colored cardstock or patterned paper in shades of red cut to 5” x 3 ½”
- Green patterned paper (different pattern from the red) cut to 1” x 4 ½”
- White cardstock cut to 1 ½” x 4 ½”
- 8 ½” x 11 cream or white cardstock (this will be going through your computer)
- Ribbon in shades of cream (patterned works best) cut to 5 ¾”
- Tan acrylic paint and foam brush
- Adhesive such as double sided sticky tape and mini glue dots
- Paper trimmer
- Scissors and ruler
What You Do
- Fold 5 ½” X 8” white cardstock in half and set aside.
- Glue 1 ½” X 4 ½” white cardstock to red cardstock or patterned paper approximately ½” from the top.
- Glue 1” X 4 ½” green paper approximately ¼” below white cardstock strip.
- Glue ribbon in between the white and green strips that are already glued to the red. You are covering up the small ¼” space. Fold the ends over and stick to the back side of the red cardstock.
- Use your computer to print out the words “Hope”, “Joy”, and “Peace.” I used three different fonts. You could do them all the same or hand write them on the cream cardstock. Decide here what looks best to you.
- Cut each word out individually with scissors and attach them to the center of the white cardstock strip. I start with the two outside ones and then add the middle one last.
- Use a foam brush to add a small amount of tan acrylic paint to the edges of the white cardstock card. You don’t have to cover the whole front because most of it will be covered up with the rest of the card you just made. Let white show through if you want an antique look. Give your paint ample time to dry.
- Glue red cardstock rectangle onto the white cardstock card.
- This card fits in a standard envelope size 4 3/8th” X 5 3/4th” which can be found at any office supply store.
- Glue dots work well to attach ribbon.
- Using textured cardstock gives you tag a classy look.
- Inking the edges of each piece of cut paper gives a nice finished look. You can use specialty inks or a brown or black marker.
- Use your creativity in picking out your colors and papers.
- Don’t forget to sign the back of your card because you just created art!