CHRISTMAS IN JULY – CARDS MADE WITH SCRAPS

Triangle Trees card

Well, we can’t finish July off without mentioning Christmas In July! It’s just a right of passage, don’t you think? So I thought about it for a while, and decided on showing you some simple cards made with lots of scraps of patterned paper.

I’m sure you all have those piles of “pieces” of patterned paper collecting dust in your craft room. What to do with them….hmmm. There has to be a way to use those up, right?

I’m about to share with you some Christmas card ideas using those scraps. There will be a total of 5 cards I’m going to share with you this week. So keep checking back each day, or wait til the end of the week to see what I’ve come up with!

Table Of Contents:

Monday’s Card

Triangle Paper Tree Card

Firstly, just gather together all your Christmas themed paper scraps, and Christmas embellishments you have left over from other years. Gather them all together in a pile. You will be sifting through these to make your cards

Triangle Trees card

For your card fronts, take a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock, and cut three pieces that are 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Triangle Trees card 1

Next you’re going to take 3 pieces of patterned paper (each pattern different), and cut two pieces to 4 x 2 inches. Then one at 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

Triangle Trees card 2
Triangle Trees card 3

Now you want to cut one triangle out of each piece. You can just cut them by hand, or you can measure them, or even use your paper cutter.

Triangle Trees card 4

With the card front I decided to take one of my embossing folders, that kind of looks like snow, and add some texture to it.

Triangle Trees card 5

After deciding how I wanted to place my “trees”, I glued them down. I also attached a gold piece of ribbon across the bottom. It just added that extra sparkle.

Triangle Trees card 6

For the largest tree, I attached some pop dots/foam squares to it before adhering it down. It’s nice to add a little dimension.

Triangle Trees card 7

Then I found a chipboard Christmas sentiment to attach to the front of my card. I also adhered that, even though it was sticky already, using Glossy Accents. I just hate it when I receive a card and after a while it starts falling apart. So the Glossy Accents helps prevent that from happening.

Triangle Trees Card 8

And for the final little bit of sparkle, I chose to add some white glitter Stickles to the snowy dots. I just think that adds the perfect little touch that brings it up a notch! What do you think?

Triangle Tree Card 9

Tuesday’s Card

Christmas Ornament Card

Do you have some leftover border stickers, or washi tape? Christmas themed or colored, of course. We are going to make a Christmas ornament. Just line up the stickers or washi in about a 3 inch square on some white cardstock.

Christmas Ornament Card

Now you want to get a 2 inch circle punch and punch out your ornament circle. Isn’t that quick? Gotta love that.

Christmas Ornament Card 1

For the card front, find a nice texture folder…like this cute snowflake. It just adds that little bit of pizzaz!

Christmas Ornament Card 2

Now let’s attach that ornament. I used some foam tape to give it just a little lift off that card front.

Christmas Ornament Card 3

We’re getting to the final stages. You need something to attach to that ornament. I think this gold sparkly twine will work perfectly! And I added a tiny bow out of this twine to the top of the ornament.

Christmas Ornament Card 4

Lastly, I found a nice chipboard sentiment and decided to add some white stickles to some of the snowflakes. You know…to kick it up a notch!

Christmas Ornament Card 5

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s little beauty. Let me know what you think of these cards so far.


Wednesday’s Card

Paper Roll Tree Card

Well, another day, another card! This is kinda fun, except…it’s still summer! Oh well, let’s continue.

I gathered some scraps from a Prima collection I had. You’re going to do a lot more cutting with this one, but it sure looks awesome when you’re done. So get your paper trimmer out.

Paper Roll Tree Card

Here’s the cuts you need:

  • 1st Pattern – 3 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 2 1/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 1 1/2 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 3/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long.
  • 2nd Pattern – 2 3/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 2 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 1 1/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 1/2 inch wide x 1 1/2 inches long.
  • 3rd Pattern – 2 1/2 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 1 3/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long; 1 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches long.
Paper Roll Tree Card 1

Please Note: I made a mistake on mine at the beginning. I did only 6 rolls instead of 12. That’s why there are some missing in these couple of photos.

Paper Roll Tree Card 2

Now we are going to roll our patterned pieces. You will need a skewer stick for this. Once you start it off–get the first turn done, it gets much easier to roll the rest of the piece.

Paper Roll Tree Card 3

Then once you get almost to the end of the roll, take some Glossy Accents (or something similar) to put across the end. This keeps the roll from unrolling.

Paper Roll Tree Card 4

And you just repeat this step til you have 11 rolls! I know…but you will get faster with each one.

Paper Roll Tree Card 5

Before you attach the rolls onto the card front, make a mark 1 1/2 inches from the bottom approximately in the middle (don’t worry, you don’t have to be exactly in the middle).

Glue the longest roll over the line with some Glossy Accents (or similar). And go up from there, decreasing in size each time. Just gluing them on.

Paper Roll Tree Card 6

Once I was done, I added a cute little metal snowflake charm to the top. For the trunk I used a piece I cut off of a border sticker. I also found some present stickers. For the final touch, I added a Christmas sentiment.

Paper Roll Tree Card 7

I love how this card turned out! It took more time than the other two cards, but this was so much fun!

I’d love to see your version of this card if you want to send me a pic. I would also love to hear your feedback. Did you enjoy seeing how to put a card like this together?


Thursday’s Card

Shaker Gift Card Christmas Card

And now….Thursday’s card. I thought I would do something different for this one. I know a lot of us usually buy gift cards for many of our loved ones for Christmas. But what to put them in to make them a bit fancier?

Well, I have just the creation for you! Just get together a few different sequin colors, maybe a piece of patterned paper, a small paper bag, a small binding clip, and a sheet of acetate that’s made for collector cards.

Shaker Christmas Card 1

First, put a little selection of mixed sequins in one of the clear pockets of the acetate sheet. I also found these K & Company Christmas transparencies, so I put a few of the small ones in the pocket, too.

TIP: When you use the Fuse tool for sealing your pocket, make sure that you let the Fuse warm up for at least 20 minutes. This is very important for getting a good seal!

Shaker Christmas Card 2

Once you have the pocket sealed, you just have to put your pocket together. I glued a strip of gold pattern paper to the bottom of the paper bag. I then found this amazing Santa Claus in some leftover diecuts. I glued him to the very edge of the paper bag, then attached the shaker with the small binder clip.

All that is left is to put a gift card in the paper bag! Don’t you think it’s cute?

Shaker Christmas Card 3

Friday’s Card

Christmas Snowflake Tag

OMG! It’s the end of the week already? That went just way too fast! For my final Christmas card, I decided to try a tag. Everyone loves a beautiful tag!

You can send it as a card, use it on a present, or even hang it on your tree (if you feel so inclined). So let’s get started…

Christmas Snowflake Tag 1

I found a nice brown paper with snowflakes on it. Perfect! I grabbed a tag out of my “tag drawer” (drawer of 100 million tags–so it seems)! Anyone got a tag drawer like that? And I found this sweet metal snowflake charm.

First, put some adhesive on one side of the tag, then put it onto the back of your paper. Then take some scissors and trim the excess away from the tag.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 2

Now I thought to add some “snow” onto the bottom of my tag. How can I make a nice curve? Hmmm…then I thought…I have my Dylusions Dyan Reavely clear ruler with the curved side. It worked perfectly!

Christmas Snowflake Tag 3

I then wanted to put a sentiment on it. I tried one of my topnote punches.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 4

Well, that one was too small. So I tried my other punch that was a bit bigger. Much better.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 5

Instead of a sentiment, I decided to go with a “To” and “From”. I tried to match the ink to the paper, or close enough.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 6

In case you were wondering where I got these pretty stamps, it was from Michaels. It was one of their Recollections brands.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 7

To give the tag a bit of dimension, I used pop dots.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 8

Then I inked the edges of the tag, and the topnote. I also took a pen and went over the outline of the “snow”.

I used my Wink Of Stella pen in white to go over the snow to give it a little sparkle. It ended up looking terrible. I don’t know what I did. Anyway…

Christmas Snowflake Tag 9

I found a little bottle of cute little snowflakes. I believe I got them from Target. They are clear iridescent.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 10

I know they look colored in these pictures, but they really are clear iridescent.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 11

So what do you think? I finished it up by adding some silver ribbon, silver twine, and a cute white rose in the middle of the snowflake.

Christmas Snowflake Tag 12

So, what did you think of my last project? Thanks for joining me, and hope you enjoyed this week of Christmas In July! I loved sharing all my cards with you!

And if you really liked it, just leave a comment below this post. I just love getting feedback!

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