Monday, November 26, 2012

O Christmas Tree Cards

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to get your Christmas cards out. These are the cards we made last year, it is an easy fun way to make your own Christmas cards your kids can do it themselves. My cool cousin Jamie made these a couple of years ago, but I couldn't find the exact link, but you can check out her blog, Confessions of a Narcoleptic, here.

1. Green tissue paper, we used several shades because I had some in a stash, but you could keep it simple with a light and dark.
2. Clear contact paper
3. Scissors
4. White pre-folded cards, or white cardstock to fold into cards
5. Anything you want to decorate your trees with. I used a simple star stamp and silver ink (and a "Merry Christmas" Stamp too so I would have to hand write it), but other things would be fun - glitter glue, sequins, jewels for ornaments, etc.

STEP 1:  Flatten and stack your tissue paper.
STEP 2: Cut tissue paper into strips, then squares/rectangles. The pieces don't need to be uniform.
STEP 3: Peel back a section of contact paper, sticky side up - give each child a section
STEP 4: Sprinkle tissue squares onto the sticky side of the contact paper, this contributes to the randomness of the placement and the layered effect. Be forewarned, if a square sticks it cannot be moved. If you wanted you could also take the time to place each square individually.
STEP 5: Fill in any blank spaces with tissue squares
STEP 6:  Measure against the cards you have to decide how tall you want your trees. Cut your contact paper into rows that are that height, Mine are about 4" tall. Cut rows into tall triangles by simply angling your scissors. It doesn't have to be perfect, trees come in all shapes and sizes.
STEP 7: Attach the tree onto the card. I used double sided tape at the top and the bottom.

STEP 8: Decorate your trees and add your greeting.
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Zakka Life said...

I like the contemporary look they have. Very pretty too.

Jamie said...

Very cool! :)

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