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Contemporary Christmas Card with Stylized Christmas Tree

Use nontraditional colors and a sleek Christmas tree to make this contemporary Christmas card.

What You Need:

  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper and die-cut tree (We used products from My Mind's Eye.)
  • Die-cut letters (We used products from QuicKutz.)
  • Brads
  • Ink, such as Fluid Chalk by Colorbox (We used Fluid Chalk by Colorbox)
  • Trimmer; ruler
  • Adhesive
  • Foam dots (We used Pop Dots.)
  • Corner rounder
  • Paper piercer or awl
  • Circle cutter; scoring tool
  • Computer/printer (for printing inside greeting)
  • Note: If you do not have die-cut Christmas trees to use on your cards, you can easily make your own, (see pattern). You also can substitute letter stickers for die-cut letters and stamp or write the inside greeting instead of printing it on a computer.

Download "Joy" card pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Cut an 8-1/2x11-inch sheet of cardstock in half lengthwise to create card base (4-1/4x11 inches). Score and fold in half so card opens at bottom. Round corners and ink the edges.
  2. Cut a 4-1/4x2-inch strip of patterned paper. Ink strip and adhere across the bottom edge of the card.
  3. Use a circle cutter to cut a 4-inch circle from contrasting cardstock. Cut it in half (save the other half for another card). Ink the edges and adhere to the left-hand side of the card.
  4. Use a paper-piercing tool to make three small holes in the die-cut tree. Insert brads. Ink the edges of the tree and adhere to the front of the card using foam pop dots.
  5. Adhere "Joy" to the front of the card.
  6. Print or stamp a greeting for the inside of the card.
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