Yikes… it’s just 5 months, 353 days until Christmas! That’s why I’ve been gearing up for Christmas Card making classes, and today’s Super Saturday Tutorial features one card, two ways! This one’s a bit long… it includes both tri-fold and bi-fold cards shown below!
The Christmas Card on your left is a tri-fold window card, and the one on your right is a much simpler version done as a bi-fold window card, one of six we will be making in today’s Christmas Card Class here in sunny Jacksonville, Florida! Check my classes and Events tab for more Christmas Card classes in the coming weeks and months too!
Stamps and Supplies for today’s Super Saturday…
Tri-Fold (or bi-fold) Window Punched Christmas Card Duo
Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Christmas Greetings and Polar Party**, Serene Snowflakes**
Card Stock: Whisper White*, and 6-3/4” x 3-1/4”scrap to make a window template, and a second scrap to make inside sponging template.
Classic Ink: Basic Gray
Stampin’ Write Markers: Bashful Blue, Peach Parfait, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Old Olive**
Accessories: 2-Way glue Pen, Paper Snips, Dazzling Diamonds, Curly Label Punch, 1-3/8” Square Punch***, Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon***, Whisper White 5/8” Satin Ribbon**, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Sponge wedge, Pencil and eraser, Basic Jewel Rhinestones**, Big Shot Machine, Ovals # 2 Die**, household tape or scotch tape.
* Two separate card sizes are listed under ‘cutting and scoring instructions’. Additionally, you will need a scrap to stamp and cut out a snowball.
** Used only on tri-fold Christmas card
*** Used only on bi-fold Christmas card
Cutting and Scoring Instructions:
For tri-fold card: Cut Whisper White Card Stock 6-1/2” x 9-5/8” and score at 3-1/4” and 6-1/2”
For bi-fold card: Cut Whisper White Card Stock 6-1/2” x 6-3/4” and with the 6-3/4” at the top rail of your paper trimmer, score the card stock at 3-1/4”.
Step by Step Tutorial Window Punched Christmas Card Duo:
- Create your window template from 3-1/4” x 6-3/4” card stock, inserting curly label punch along narrow top edge until the card stock butts into the punch, and aligning right edge of punch even with right edge of card stock. I like to use retired card stock for making templates.
- Next, insert punch along long side of template card stock, aligning the side of the punch with the bottom of the 3-1/4” template.
- You will now have two windows on opposite sides at the top and bottom of your card stock template.
- Align the card stock template along the fold on the front of your card, and ink up a wedge of stampin’ sponge with Bashful Blue Classic Ink, sponging inside the windows you created in steps 1 and 2.
- Remove the card stock template, and see what you have… you may want to make them a little darker than shown in the photo, as it will be easier to do the next step!
- Step 5 and 6 for the inside flap, aligning template with FOLD. If you are making a tri-fold card, otherwise skip forward to step 8.
- If you were to lay the tri-fold open and flat on your work surface, this is what it would look like right now.
- Now, use your curly label punch to remove some of the windows… For the tri-fold card, you will remove THREE of the bashful blue shaded shapes… two at the top edges, and only the card front layer at the bottom. The inside-fold lower window will not be punched. For the bi-fold card, you will be punching out both windows on the card front (and skip forward to step 11.)
- Again, laying the tri-fold card on a a flat work surface and open, this is what it will look like once the ‘windows’ are punched.
- Folding the inside layer of the card to close, this is what your tri fold card will now look like…
- And when the card is closed…
- With the card closed, use a sharpened pencil to make a small dot at the top and two sides of the upper window… right inside the notch in the curly label punch. This will help you align your stamped image in the next step .
- Open up the card, ink the Christmas Tree image from snow much fun with Basic Gray Classic ink. Align tiny bird so that the uppermost pencil mark is over his right wing. Note: the tree is not a straight, vertical image… and will curl. Before you stamp, check to make sure the trunk of the tree is aligned horizontally in the desired position.
- You can use an eraser to remove the pencil marks now… I prefer to use a white bodied eraser, as it never leaves one of those yucky orange streaks on my card!
- Use markers to color your image as desired… LOL, I live in Florida, and totally forgot that you don’t see much green on a tree covered in snow! I used Bashful Blue and Peach Parfait Markers to color the birds, and Marina Mist Marker to color the bulbs on the tree.
- Ink up the tree image one more time, and stamp onto a 3” x 5” Post-It-Note, aligning tree to maximize engaging the sticky edge of the post it note… you are creating a mask for your tree. Use snips to cut out the stamped image, leaving some “white space” around the image… just a little.
- Place mask over your colored image. If you are making the bi-fold card, skip to step 19.
- Cut the larger Oval into a scrap of card stock using the Big Shot Machine and Ovals #2 Die. Use scotch tape to replace smaller oval image that was punched out. This will help protect your card from inadvertent sponging. For tri-fold card, skip to step 20.
- Create a template for the bi fold card using a 3-1/4” x 5” scrap of card stock, punch out a rectangular window with the 1-3/8” punch. You want the window large enough so that your tree will show through it… punch along one edge, and then flip the card stock over, and punch along the opposite edge. Alternatively, you could use an exacto knife to cut out the rectangular window.
- Place template over the masked tree image, close the card to check that you cannot see the oval template through the window… you may have to bring it up a bit higher on your card, and sponge with Bashful Blue Classic Ink.
- Use Bashful Blue Classic Ink and wedge of stampin’ sponge to sponge over the mask and around the edges of the template. For the tri-fold card only: Because the template is a bit smaller than the tree image, you may want to move it a little and re-sponge wider sides and extend it along the bottom edge a bit too.
- Remove templates and mask, use a 2-way glue pen to enhance image with dazzling diamonds as desired, and a white gel pen to add snow to your stamped background.
- Ink the small bird and snowball image from the Snow Much Fun Stamp Set with Basic Gray Classic Ink, and stamp onto the remaining Bashful Blue sponged curly label. NOTE: In order to ‘fit’ both snowball and bird in the sponged area, your bird will be tipping backwards a bit as you align the image to stamp it.
- Ink up the bird and snowball one more time and stamp the image onto a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock. Cut out the snowball, and glue in place over the top of the blue snowball on the image stamped in step 22.
- Apply glue to the white snowball using a 2-way glue pen, and then cover with dazzling diamonds, and then color the bird with markers too. The photo below shows the inside of the tri-fold card… LOL, the on the first card you can see I added Old Olive to the tree and colored my birds with Marina Mist… Bashful Blue works much better as you can see the inked lines of the image must better. For bi-fold cards, you will see both tree and snowball on the inside/back of the card. If you are making a bi-fold card, skip to step 28.
- Open up card completely. With the inside of the card face down, sponge Bashful Blue ink onto the entire surface of the front of the card, then use a white gel pen to add snowflake “dots” too. If you are making a bi-fold card, skip along to step
- Keeping the card open and flat, stamp the inside flap using the two smaller snowflake images from the Serene Snowflakes Stamp Set with Bashful Blue ink. When you turn it over, and close the inside flap.. this is what it will look like.
- Using the tip of your snips or an exacto knife, make a cut along the inside (left) fold of the card. This will be used to add a ribbon embellishment to the front of your Christmas Card. (Refer to photo in step 26 for placement of cut.) Note: Make the cut slightly larger than the ribbon you are using.
- LOL… I got a little carried away with the rhinestones on my tri-fold card…
- But isn’t if fun peeking through Christmas windows?
- And the dazzling diamonds make the snow seem a bit magical!
- Now, just finish off the inside areas of your Christmas card with stamped sentiments… be careful with your placement on a bi-fold card, you don’t want that greeting to show through the window!
- For the inside of the tri-fold card, I added a few snowflakes too, using the ink and stamp-off method so they wouldn’t overpower the images and sentiment.
Whew… was that too much detail? Hope not!! I’d love to hear your feedback and comments!
Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Christmas Card Duo! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another Christmas Card from Saturday's class. It’s a new white-on-white card, and I know you love them!
Order your Christmas Card making supplies from my online stampin’ up store, then use the contact me form to let me know you’ll be making your own Christmas Cards this year… and I’ll send you a little something extra for inspiration!