Christmas is getting ever closer, and I thought it must be time to start getting things ready preparing our home-made cards. We alsways need plenty of time for this, and this year is no exception.
These days rather than making a whole pile of home-made cards at Christmas time, we’ve got a bit lazier and tend to send out just a few to special friends and relatives – this means we can spend a bit more time on them too, so it’s a little less like a production line and the quality is higher! So for this year’s card me and the kids put together something which can also double up as a keepsake Christmas Tree decoration. Please note however, that apart from the artwork itself, this card is intended to be put together by an adult.
You will Need
- Sheet of A4 card, stiff enough to stand when folded. You can choose any colour you like, but I chose a colour to set off the gold frame for one, and a more ‘minimalist’ approach using a white card for the other.
- Small piece of gold card for the frame itself.
- Paper/card glue.
- Coloured glitter glue pens (though you can use anything you want to decorate the frame, such a sequins or acrylic jewels)
- Single hole punch
- Sharp craft knife
- Approx 20cm length of gold thread to suspend the frame from the card
- Piece of narrow gold ribbon, approx 50cm long to decorate the side of the card (optional).
- Piece of artwork to fit the frame. You can either ask your child to create something specially, and give them the correct size piece of paper to do so, or (as I did) ‘cheat’ by shrinking an existing piece of artwork in an image editing programme, and printing it out.
I used a frame template which I have used in the past for other projects, but you could create your own if you prefer.
- Fold the A4 piece of card in half, to create an A5 sized card.
- Take 2 sheets of gold card measuring approximately 10 x 10cm, and using your template as a guide, cut a window in one of them.
- Paste the artwork onto one side of the card (not the gold side!), and then ‘Frame’ your artwork by gluing the gold card with the window cut into it over the art, (gold side up) to encase it.
- Once the glue is dry, cut out the outer frame shape, again using your template as a guide, with either a knife or sharp scissors.
- Punch a hole in the centre top of the frame.
- If you wish, you can add a short message to the back of the frame, such as the date and the name/age of the child. This makes it more special as a keepsake.
- Tie the length of narrow ribbon around the centre of the card and finish with a small bow. Trim the ends and adjust the position till you’re happy with it.
- Fold the piece of gold thread in half, push the folded end through the hole you punched in the frame, and push the free ends through the loop to form a secure hanger. Tie the loose ends together.
- Create 2 short slits at the centre top of the card, 1cm apart. This will be used to hang the artwork from.
- Finally as an optional extra touch, you can use the printable words below to glue onto the card itself (in a position immediately behind the artwork when it is suspended on the card), or onto the back of the keepsake.
- Add whatever message or words/decoration you like to the inside of the card!