Saturday, December 20, 2014

DIY Christmas Card Book Tutorial

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of those beautiful Christmas cards you receive in the mail each year?  I have and this year I have a solution for you (and me)!  Instead of throwing the cards into a box (never to be seen again), I made a Christmas Card book!  You might be wondering what this is and even more importantly, how hard is it to make?  Easy!
To make my book I cut some chip board (I used the piece that comes in a 12/x12 pack of Designer Series Paper).  I cut two pieces of the chip board to 8.5" x 5.5".  I covered each piece with Designer Series Paper (same size) using my Fast Fuse because I wanted to make sure it didn't come up!
Then I organized all of my cards by size.  I punched a 1/4" hole in the corner of each card using the handheld punch.  
That top card is made by my Aunt Darlene, it's so sparkly in person!
This is just the back piece that I covered in matching paper from the Nordic Noel DSP pack!
Finally I stacked up all the cards, my front and back - then used a library clip to hold them all into place.  I am not sure if that's the actual name - library clip - but that is what I call it.  You can get them at any Office Supply Store.
This is what the front cover looks like. I  colored each rhinestone with the new Blendabilities markers.  Doesn't it add so much to the design?  I stamped the Cheerful Christmas image in Garden Green ink and then cut it out using the Labels Collection Framelit Dies.

Supplies:
Cheerful Christmas Stamp Set #135149/ $17.95
Labels Collection Framelit Dies #125598/ $26.95
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper #135822/ #10.95
Garden Green Ink #126973/ $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers #130995/ $11.95
Rhinestones #119246/ $4.95
Chip Board (from a Designer Series Paper pack)

Bonus Project:
I started wrapping presents today and this gift is for one of my aunt's.  I used the current wrapping paper from the Holiday Catalog.  I added retired ribbon and a tag I made several years ago.  This year I have been really enjoying using pretty ribbon and paper!  I hope you love this as much as I do... if you'd like to order the wrapping paper (for next year), it's on the clearance rack for only $6.99.  Use #135828 in the online store!  You will get two rolls - this one and the other one is striped!

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