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Handmade Christmas Cards Using Scrapbooking Supplies

Get creative for Christmas this year -- handcraft your own beautiful cards from scrapbooking supplies. BHG reader Jennifer Gardner shows how.

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    • Very Merry

      To create this bold card, delicately cut out stamped letters spelling "merry" on patterned paper. (The stamps imprint the letter outlines only.) Paste the letters onto red paper layered over green paper. Finish with a stamped "christmas," velvet rickrack, and a few grass-green brads.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Tomato), Die Cuts With A View (Green #1, I Believe Words). Stamps: Stampendous (Mega Merry). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black, L'Amore Red), Stampin' Up! (Craft Whisper White). Accents: Imaginisce,
      Bazzill Basics Paper (Mono Mix Brads).

    • The Joys of Christmas

      Family, Santa, eggnog -- what's not to love about Christmas? Layer circle cutouts and stamped paper for the base of this colorful card. Finish with gem accents and a lime-green ribbon.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Parakeet), KI Memories (Joyful Multi Stripe), Stampin' Up! (Pixie Pink), Archiver's (Tomato). Stamps: Art Warehouse (Holiday Interactive Circles), Stampin' Up! (Seasons of Joy). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Crystal Clear), Stampendous (Red Tinsel). Ribbon: May Arts (Ruffle Edge Lime). Accents: Hero Arts (Christmas Wishes Gems). Shape template circles, circle punches: Fiskars.

    • Pretty in Pink

      This card gives a twist to typical Christmas colors by using a rose-and-celery color palette. Knot a thin ribbon under an ornament created from paper with a tiny hook drawn with a silver pen. Accent with a single button.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery), Daisy Bucket Designs (Wrapped Wishes). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Snow Flurries), Penny Black (Wishes Ornament). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Certainly Celery), VersaMark by Tsukineko. Gel pen: Sakura (Silver). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (rose grosgrain). Accents: Autumn Leaves (A Rhonna Christmas Button).

    • A Merry Christmas Card

      This easy-to-make card is all about the accents. Use retro-inspired stickers to say your Christmas message stylishly. Add three simple jewels to tie together the color and shape theme.

      SOURCES Paper: Archiver's (Guava Sensation), Stampin' Up! (Certainly Celery), K&Company (Peppermint Twist Ho Ho Ho Dots). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Season of Joy). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Jardin Moss). Accents: Doodlebug Design (Jewels), The Paper Studio (Bubble-A-Bilities, Christmas Retro).

    • Sweet as Candy

      Create this card by framing a heat-embossed candy cane with a scalloped square punched card. Three tiny ribbons bring the color palette together and give the final too-cute touch.

      SOURCES Paper: Archiver's (Meadow, Guava Sensation), Heidi Grace Designs (Jolly & Bright Mini Dots). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Holiday Blocks, Warm Words). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampendous (Red Tinsel). Ribbon: Deja Views for the C-Thru Ruler Co. (Flurries & Frost), Taylored Expressions (Pink-and-Celery twill). Punch: Marvy Uchida (scalloped).

    • Jovial Joy

      Fashioned from three holiday symbols, this card simply says "joy." Once pressed onto the paper, color in the lines of the doodle stamp with Christmas-color markers. Attach it to the card with silver brads.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Hillary, Watermelon, Deck the Halls Argyle). Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (Merry Christmas), Stampendous (Doodle Joy). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Noir Black). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Old Olive, Ruby Red). Gel pen: Sakura (Silver). Accents: Stampin' Up! (silver brads). Edge distresser: Heidi Swapp.

    • Happy Holidays

      Fasten vellum over a forest-print paper to make your own winter wonderland. Complete with snowflake-white brads and a candy-cane red burlap string secured in a knotted crisscross.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Pomegranate). Stampin' Up! (vellum), BasicGrey (Red Ryder, Forest). Stamps: Stampendous (Doodle Holidays). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (L'Amore Red). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Garden Green). String: May Arts (red burlap). Accents: SEI (Ally's Wonderland Brads).

    • Celebrate the Season

      Give them a reason to celebrate the season. Craft this modern-looking Christmas card using a winter-white embossing powder, a simple white ribbon, and bright ruby rhinestones.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Rainforest, Red Devil), Reminisce (Candy Cane Chain). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (So Many Scallops, Snow Flurries). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Winter White). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (Taffeta White). Accents: Hero Arts (Christmas Wishes). Punch: Stampin' Up! (scallop).

    • Old St. Nick

      Combine blue and red buttons to complement the Santa-print paper in this card. String a sheer silver ribbon through a tiny punched hole near the opening of the card and set off the peppermint swirl accent with a bold circle cut from solid red paper.

      SOURCES Paper: Color Mates (Dark Berry Red), K&Company (Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist, Ol' St. Nick). Stamps: Hero Arts (Christmas Wishes). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (L'Amore Red). Ribbon: May Arts (sheer metallic silver). Accents: Ranger Industries (Crystal Stickles), Autumn Leaves (A Rhonna Christmas Buttons), K&Company (Peppermint Twist Twist Icon Grand Adhesives). Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle).

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      Awe-Inspiring Ornament

      Create an ornament that shares your Christmas spirit with friends and family. Begin with two circles of red paper and fasten with a gold cord. Place three punched trees in the polka-dot paper surrounded by bright ribbon.

      SOURCES Paper: Archiver's (Yours Truly Red Circle Flat Note), Heidi Grace Designs (Jolly & Bright Mini Dots). Stamps: Stampendous (Seasonal Swirls). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Craft White). Ribbon: Deja Views for the C-Thru Ruler Co. (Flurries & Frost), Stampin' Up! (gold cord). Punch: EK Success (Pine Tree Fold-Over).

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      Merry Little Christmas

      Imitate this contemporary design by layering bright green snowflake paper over blue card stock. A paper-piercing tool adds interest. Attach a single velvet ribbon and complete with the stamped greeting.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Typhoon), Cloud 9 Design (Luster Snowflake in Bright Green). Stamps: Stampabilities (Merry Little Christmas). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Night of Navy). Ribbon: May Arts (velvet green).

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      Naughty or Nice?

      This card displays the final verdict to the year's most important question: "Have you been naughty or nice?" Reassure your friends they're on Santa's "Good" list with this adorable greeting crafted with an inked-on Santa, torn paper, and a single-hole punch.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Garden Green), Daisy D's Paper Co.(Paisley Sugarplum). Stamps: Stampabilities (Jolly Santa), Inkadinkado (Merry Christmas), My Favorite Things (Tis the Season). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (L'Amore Red, Jardin Moss, Noir Black). Markers: Stampin' Up! (Basic Black, Real Red, Pretty In Pink). Gel pen: Sakura (Gold), Liquid Applique, (white). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (twill).

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      Believe in Santa

      What's Christmas without the big man himself? The tip of Santa's big beard fits flawlessly to complete the focal statement fashioned from glitter alphabet stickers. Tie it together with a red grosgrain ribbon.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Red), K&Company (Peppermint Twist Ol' St. Nick). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (red grosgrain). Accents: K&Company (Peppermint Twist Merry Words Glitter Pack Die-cut Stickers), Ranger Industries (Crystal Stickles). Paper piercer, shape template: Fiskars (scallop).

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      Tied with a Bow

      Tell them "Merry Christmas" in languages from around the world. Begin with a jewel-green base and layer pieces of dark red and cursive-print paper. Glue a golden-glittered bow before securing your last layer of paper.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Green Jewel, Dark Red), Archiver's (Basic White), The Paper Studio (Merry Christmas Cursive). Stamps: Stampendous (World Christmas). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Jardin Moss). Gel pen: Sakura (Gold), Ranger Industries (Stickles in Lime Green, Xmas Red). Ribbon: Hobby Lobby (Christmas Ribbon Gold).

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      Holiday Pine

      Produce this pretty pine tree card with a couple of stamps and a lot of creativity. The uncomplicated design gives the greeting a sophisticated feel that will be appreciated by any card recipient.

      SOURCES Paper: Archiver's (Olive), BasicGrey (Nutcracker), Stampin' Up! (Naturals Ivory). Stamps: Stampendous (Ponderosa Pine), My Favorite Things (Tis the Season). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Old Olive, Chocolate Chip), Liquid Applique (White). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (burgundy grosgrain).

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      Greetings in Gold

      Elegant and classic, this card will warm the hearts of your friends and family. Use gold embossing powder to create the striking script and spiral of ornaments. Add the final touch with a few strands of gold cord.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Saguaro), Daisy D's Paper Co. (Deck the Halls). Stamps: Stampendous (Heavenly Swirls, Classic Ornaments). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Gold Glory). Gel pen: Sakura (Glaze). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (gold cord).

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      Wishing You Hope

      Replicate this easy-to-make greeting by heat-embossing a gold star and matching message on paper pieces. Finish with gold cord and a subtle starry stamp.

      SOURCES Paper: Autumn Leaves (Jacobean Black), Bazzill Basics Paper (Crimson, Cream). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Wishing You, Peace on Earth). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Gold Glory). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (gold cord).

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      Let It Snow

      This frosty design has a few special touches -- tiny transparent snowflake accents and a double-stitched ribbon knotted in a charming bow.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Glass Slipper Shimmer), The Paper Company (Snowflake Starburst), Stampin' Up! (Buckaroo Blue). Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (Happy Holidays). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Bliss Blue). Ribbon: Stampin' Up! (Blue Bayou double-stitched). Accents: Jesse James & Co. (snowflakes).

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      A Magical Snowman

      The old tale says Frosty came to life with a little magic. Share some magic with this card created with a paper-piecing technique. The pearl snowflake on the tip of the snowman's carrot nose adds the final whimsical touch.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie), Doodlebug Designs (Winter Ribbon Stripe, Snowy Doodles). Stamps: Stampabilities (Marshmallow Snowman), Stampin' Up! (Festive Favorites). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Brilliant Blue). Ribbon: May Arts (sheer metallic silver). Accents: Jesse James & Co.(beads, pearl snowflakes).

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      Snowflake Sparkle

      A heat-embossed snowflake over pieces of glittered paper makes this card look simple but beautiful. Use a silver gel pen and tiny buttons for delicate details.

      SOURCES Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper (Powder Blue), Heidi Grace Designs (Shimmer Glitter Paper). Stamps: Stampendous (Snowflake Square). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Winter White) Gel pen: Sakura (Clear). Accents: Autumn Leaves (A Rhonna Christmas Buttons).

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