Anatomy of a Christmas Card

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Hello All,

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog at least 3x per week. I’m starting early! I begun my creation of my Christmas cards back in October. The challenge to myself was to create the cards from virtually everything I already had at home. And Lord knows that I have enough at home for several crafters! I saw an example of the card on another card making website and “altered” it a bit…as usual.

Step One: Cut manila folders into 1″ x 2″ tags, then tea dye them overnight and let dry.

tea dying manilla tags

Step Ten: Well, there were many more steps on the way, but let’s just say, lots of mundane things were done to the tags: punch a hole, insert eyelet, colored ribbon, distress them some by wrinkling them up, etc., attach 1″ clip art, assemble card by attaching holiday papers, then vellum envelopes to the front, stamp JOY with black stays on ink, print out greeting in the inside and rubber stamp trees and stars, add glitter. This is why I started this project in October. Although it sounds like a ton of work, it was so much fun. I love the tactile feel of creating things.

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