Shine a light

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As someone who celebrates Christmas in July, I love any excuse to get festive early in the year. So I was thrilled to see that the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges was Christmas in August. Here’s my design team piece:


I can take no credit for the idea for this card, all honours for the inspiration and very clear tutorial must go to Amanda at Krafting Kreations blog. To make my card I used sheets of A4 card. I measured 120cm on the short side and cut down the length of the card. I folded one piece in half to make the main body of the card. On the other card I trimmed it to 122cm in length and then scored a line at 2cm. This is the base of the card and the 2cm piece attaches to the back of the other piece to make the easel.


To cut out an aperture 2cm from the top and each side but 3cm from the bottom. This gives you an aperture that is 8cm x 10cm. I covered the front and base of the card with some deep red snowflake paper. I made a second frame from some olive card topped with gold glitter card, then stamped the tree on to vellum, using olive green ink, and suck this behind the frame. The frame is attached to the front of the card using 3D foam pads.

P1050392I added little red gems to the tree. The “stopper” was made by stamping and heat embossing the greeting, in gold, and then layering this on more red snowflake paper. I used more 3D foam to adhere this to a mat made from more olive green paper and gold glitter card.


Any self-respecting tree needs a star at the top, and this one is no exception! I punched one from more gold card and popped it on top of some olive green ribbon tied simply in a knot.


The finishing touch was to add some little foil wrapped presents at the base of the tree. These were table confetti that I bought a few years ago.


Finally, I put a battery operated tealight behind the card to add a festive winter glow.


I’m very happy with how this turned out, but I don’t think I’ll be making a hundred or so to send out in December! It wasn’t difficult, but cutting out the apertures was time consuming – if you had an appropriate die or were able to use an electronic machine it would speed up the process considerably.

There’s lots of festive inspiration from the rest of the Design Team so be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and take a look. Check out Dionne’s cards that she’s made with some of those amazing die cut snowflakes similar to the ones she kindly sent me last week.

Thank you for buzzing by.


Shine a light — 8 Comments

  1. So pretty, I hope I can remember this when it comes time for me to be making my ornaments. Love how you put the star above the tree with the ribbon, so pretty and so simple. What a gorgeous card. Gee maybe I ought to pin this, I keep forgetting about that. You did such a terrific job on this, you always surprise me with all your incredible ideas. Beautiful.

    • So glad you like it – and I’m grateful to the person who had the original idea. I have a Halloween themed one to share very soon!

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