Colorful Christmas Trees Card
Cheerful, non-traditional colors make your holiday card stand out! Have some fun with vibrant shades and a bold striped paper.
By: Bonnie Schiedel
Skill Level: Easy
What You Need
- yellow cardstock cut to 5 ½” x 8 1/2”
- white cardstock cut to about 3 1/4” to 2”
- striped paper cut to about 4” x 2 ½”
- stamps in small rectangle, star and triangle shapes (or, paper scraps cut into these shapes)
- stamp with a short festive word or phrase
- yellow ink pad, green ink pad, brown ink pad, red ink pad
- white and gold crochet thread, about 12” long
- scissors or corner rounder punch
- adhesive such as glue stick white flocking powder or cotton ball
What You Do
- Fold yellow cardstock in half.
- Glue striped cardstock to center of yellow cardstock.
- Stamp tree shapes onto white cardstock, using the appropriate colors. Glue white cardstock to striped paper.
- Stamp a festive word or phrase just under the bottom right of the striped paper, using red ink.
- Tie the crochet thread around the spine of the card and trim if necessary.
- Using glue stick, run a line of glue under the trees, overlapping the trunks slightly. Sprinkle with white flocking powder (available at craft stores) and tap off the excess. Or, pull apart a cotton ball and apply a very thin layer of cotton to the glue. Allow to dry.
- Use your scissors or corner rounder punch on the four corners of the card.
- If you're using a stamp that has “holiday” as part of a phrase, use a water-soluable red marker to color only the word you want, rather than using an ink pad.
- Solid stamps (rather than the outline of an image) make the most impact.
- Use a patterned paper that has small polka dots or thin stripes. Other patterns tend to look too busy. Use vertical stripes rather than horizontal.
- A corner rounder punch is an easy way to make a card look modern, and it delivers a more consistent, precise cut than scissors do.
- Try other color combinations with your cardstock, like bright orange or light purple. Just make sure to pick up on a few colors in your patterned paper.
Quick switch This card could easily be made into a gift tag by using a 2 ½ by 4 ¼ piece of cardstock, and only stamping two trees.
To make a card for another occasion, just use different words and shapes. Birthday cake candles, hearts, high-heeled shoes or cars, combined with words like “wish,” “love,” “party,” or “vroom,” respectively, would all be fun.