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Craft your own holiday cards

Forget Hallmark

Looking for a new way to be crafty this holiday season? Try making your own holiday cards for friends and family.


Mary Ellen Bartley

(1) Poinsettia Card

Materials needed: Premade card with window; patterned cardstock; red cardstock; small silver glass beads; glue; printed ribbon; scissors; ruler; X-acto blade; flower punches (smaller size optional).

Directions: Cut a square of patterned cardstock larger than card window; glue onto card. Punch flowers out of red cardstock; layer if desired. Add glue to middle of flower and sprinkle with silver beads. Glue inside card window. Cut a strip of patterned cardstock lining enough to fold around card and meet in back. Fold and glue edges together; glue a strip of printed ribbon over band. Slide over card to keep closed.

Product info: Quartz A6 Scallop Photo Frame card from Paper Source; patterned cardstock and printed ribbon from Making Memories; Whale of a Punch Daisy punch by EK Success; silver beads by Judikins.

(2) Two-Toned Card

Materials needed: Premade card; patterned papers; ribbon; scissors; glue.

Directions: Cut strips of patterned paper and glue onto card base; trim excess. Cut a length of ribbon and glue over the seams. Add a bow or knot on top of ribbon.

Product info: 4 Bar Red Card, Luxe Red Stripes and Luxe Red Dots gift wrap from Paper Source; ribbon by Midori.

(3) Dual Patterned Card with Metal Frame

Materials needed: Premade card; patterned cardstock; ribbon; solid cardstock; metal eyelet charm; rubber stamp and inkpad.

Directions: Cut patterned papers into strips and glue onto premade card base; trim excess. Add a length of ribbon at the seam. Stamp holiday greeting onto solid cardstock and trim; add frame over greeting and glue to front of card.

Product info: A2 Red card from Paper Source; polka-dotted paper and rubber stamp from Impress Rubber Stamps; striped cardstock and Honeydew Eyelet Charm from Making Memories.

(4) "Ho Ho Ho" Card

Materials needed: Premade card; patterned cardstock; solid cardstock; rickrack; painted metal scrapbook rings; rubber stamps and inkpad (optional); ruler; scissors; glue.

Directions: Print, hand-write or stamp "Ho Ho Ho" on a card stock; trace around rings and cut circles. Push paper under ring. Line them up on a rectangle of patterned card stock and push into stock. Press ends closed on the other side. Glue patterned cardstock onto plain card. Apply a line of glue around edges and glue strips of rickrack over edges.

Product info: 4 Bar Chartreuse card by Paper Source; patterned and solid cardstock by Making Memories; rickrack in sewing stores or through Daytona Trimming, 212-354-1713; Scrapworks Hugz available online and in craft stores.

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