Crafts Beautiful Magazine

Combine fun, bright elements from your craft supplies to make fab cards in celebration of Festive Friday

What you need...
  • Card: plain, white; red; pink; glitter, pink; purple; yellow; red
    Dies: circles; Tattered Lace, Snowflakes
    Felt, white
    Thread, embroidery: red, pink, yellow, green
    Ink-pad, blue
    Embellishments: buttons, assorted; bakers twine, red and white; ribbons, assorted; gems: clear; red
    Drinking straw
    Make-up sponge
    Die-cutting machine
  1. Ribbon Tree - 1 Cut out two white A6 card pieces and cover one with pink. Score a horizontal line 3cm down from the top of the other and fold. Add double-sided tape along the small section above the crease, then join the two together to create a top-folding blank.

    2 Make a smaller white panel, round the corners and fix a straw, 9cm long, to the centre. Punch 14 adjacent holes on either side of it. Pull various ribbons through by laying the lengths over the straw and looping the ends under and over to their opposite holes. Trim the ribbon edges at angles to stop them from fraying.

    3 Create a plant pot shape from pink glitter card and stick it below the ribbon tree. Die-cut a star from yellow glitter card and attach it to the top. To finish, adhere the panel to the blank using foam pads.

  2. Stitched Spruce - 1 Make two white A6 panels. Score one as before, then lightly draw a large triangle onto the other, 12cm from base to tip. Use four different sized circles as guides to pierce evenly spaced holes around them, ensuring that they are contained within the triangle before erasing the pencil guide. Punch a snowflake from card, then use the relief image as a template to ink three motifs to the front using a sponge.

    2 Use two strands of various embroidery threads to stitch through the holes of all four circles, starting at one point and threading through to the opposite one until the shape is complete. Fill in the remaining areas of the triangle with buttons and gems. Trim two scallop-edged strips from pink and red glitter card, then fix them to the top and bottom edges of the card. Stick the two white card panels together to make a top-folding card.

  3. Snowflake Baubles - 1 Make two A6 white card pieces. Mount red horizontally onto one, leaving a 2.5cm gap at the top. Trim a smaller white panel, round the bottom corners and layer onto the red. Die-cut three different sized circles from purple, pink and yellow glittered card. Trim out three small grey rectangles and position them to the tops of each circle to create baubles. Die-cut three different sized snowflakes from white felt and add them to the circles.

    2 Secure each bauble to the front using foam pads. Join the card front to the back one, then attach a wide piece of blue grosgrain ribbon along the top using double-sided tape. Secure the ends to the back. Wrap bakers twine around the ribbon and tie to secure. Add gems to finish.

Festive Friday is a special day for everyone to send out Christmas cards to their loved ones. This year it falls on 27th November, so you have plenty of time to make lots of gorgeous cards before then!

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