Alice’s Last-Minute Christmas Card

There are two things that inspired this quick and easy card—the first is The Sound of Music (one of my favorite movies) and the second is that I have been doing a lot of online shopping this Christmas and have amassed quite a pile of cardboard boxes.

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For my “brown paper packages tied up with strings” card, there are a few key things that make this an easy card to create in minutes:

  • Pre-made shipping tags from the office supply store are inexpensive and so much faster than die-cutting your own.
  • Instead of actually tying the tag to the card, I cheated by tucking the tag strings under the red string and using foam squares to hold the tag in place.
  • The stamped image is simple and doesn’t require heat embossing or a lot of coloring.
  • Although Copic® markers were used to color in Santa, I limited myself to one of each color and didn’t worry about shading or blending.
  • Using a glue stick or tape runner to attach the cardboard to the card is faster than peel-and-stick adhesive.
  • Using a red card eliminates the step of matting the package layer with red and adding it to the card base. This one was created from cardstock, but using a pre-made red card would make this even easier to put together.

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Happy Card Making!

-Alice

Supplies used: Pure poppy cardstock and Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers clear stamp set from Papertrey Ink; cardinal Scrapper’s Spool and Christmas clear stamp set from Karen Foster Design; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Copic® markers: R24 prawn (for hat), R20 blush (for nose), E000 pale fruit pink (for skin), and W2 warm gray (edges of beard and hat) from Imagination International Inc.; SuperStik Permanent Glue Stick and 3D Foam Squares from Therm O Web.

3 Responses to Alice’s Last-Minute Christmas Card

  1. SUPER cute idea!! LOVE it!!! Do you have a favorite glue stick? I’ve tried several and haven’t found one I liked.

    • Alice Golden says:

      Thanks Marthar! I actually do have one I like a lot (and although I am on their DT, I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t mean it). The SuperStik glue stick from Therm O Web is made with a rice based polymer so when it dries the adhesive is super strong – unlike some that have water in them that lose their hold when the adhesive is dry and the water evaporates. The fabric gals on the team like SuperStik because you can use it to “baste” fabric together, but it also comes out in the wash.

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