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Old-World Santa Christmas Card

For a holiday greeting that stands out in a sea of red and green, make this striking blue card fronted by an antique scrap relief rendering of Old St. Nick.

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Santa hasn't always been the red cherub we think of today. In times past he sported many different looks -- but always charming. This stunning card pairs a scrap relief print of an old-time Father Christmas with a card that looks like the sort of handmade journal that he might have used for his famous list.

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Materials and Tools

  • Blue card stock cut to 9 x 13 inches
  • Craft knife and straightedge
  • Scrap relief Santa (available at craft stores)
  • Clear plastic sheeting
  • Minibrads
  • Heat embossing kit
  • Cream-colored paper
  • Blue ink pad
  • Rubber stamp in script pattern
  • Blue fibers and gauze ribbon

Instructions

1. Fold the blue card stock to make a 6-1/2-x-4-1/2-inch card.

2. Use the craft knife and straight edge to cut a window, centered, in the front of the card, that is slightly larger than the scrap relief Santa.

3. Cut the plastic sheeting so that it is 3/8 inch larger than the window on all sides. Attach the plastic to the card front using four minibrads.

4. Rub an embossing-ink pad over the Santa, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, and heat-emboss. Adhere the Santa to the outside of the window.

5. Cut the cream paper so that it is slightly smaller than the card when folded in half. Using blue ink, rubber-stamp a script pattern on the front of the paper.

6. Tuck the cream paper inside the card and secure it with ribbon and fibers around the fold of the cards.

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