Card making!

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I have a lot of things I want to make for Christmas, and I now and again need pauses from all the sewing, so now I have started making some cards! This one is actually the first card I have made. It was made with the set from Panduro for the card base and the grey star background. The balls were from an old card set from there as well, and the god jul also a stamp from panduro. The sides are a tape with merry christmas in a lot of different languages.

It was really easy, and I like how it turned out.

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Then I decided to try a bigger project where I had to make everything from scratch! It is a 13 X 13cm project, with a 3d card where the window is actually 1cm into the card itself.

The idea came from a Norwegian Christmas card greetings magazine I bought, and I tried to make it as good as possible without the same materials.

I will keep from saying too much about how to make it, since you can find the tutorial here. But I can add some pictures from the path to the hardest paper thing I have ever made XD.

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I had a base of around 27 X 13 cm, and bended it in around 1 cm at the middle so you have a thick bend when it is closed. Then I make a 9 X 9 cm square where I want the window, and then put a second square around 0.5 cm in. Then you just mark both of them hard with a object to make a crease. Then you cut a X over the middle of both squares, and bend it all into the card like you see in the picture. Then you find a paper to use on the front, and cut it out how you want it to cover. I used the purple note and snow paper from Panduro’s nutcracker christmas collection.

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After that I had a lot of small work to do. I found black thick paper to make the image in the window on. I used the square I cut out of the purple paper to see how big the image had to be, and I got a picture of santa and lightly taped it to the black, before I used white and green ink pads to make the image above. When it was done, I pulled the santa image off to leave a nice negative of santa. I added some ink on top as well, to leave an idea of clouds.

Then I cut out a window to put over the top of the card after putting the image into the holed out square. The window is sort of hard to make, but as long as you measure up what you need, and use a ruler, it works.

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Then I added it all together and got a 3D layered window card. The mix of green and white ink allowed the image to have a nice glow to it, but I am sad I didn’t have a few blue tones, as it would have fitted a night sky better.

After that it was just to add the small touches. Like some greetings on the front, and some snowflakes made with a normal die cutter. Then some stamps and phrases from various christmas sets, and I added some things inside the card to cover up the part where the card is cut in, and a page for writing a greeting to whoever gets this.

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All in all, this was a really fun thing to do. I hope I don’t get addicted, because it sort of sucks to do something this fun and then sit back with the card and feel like you can’t give it to anyone! XD

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