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Five easy ideas to make your own Christmas cards

Add a personal touch this Christmas with your own handmade cards. By Janet Palmer

You will need:

● printed paper
● scissors
● plain cards
● glue (Pritt Stick and PVA)
● gingham ribbon
● sheer ribbon
● tape
● pencil
● needles
● fabric star
● rubber
● skeleton leaf
● glass beads
● thread
● gingham fabric
● pinking shears
● pearly button

 

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Pretty paper laurel wreath card

This pretty paper laurel wreath is topped with a tiny bow. Write or draw on a sheet of cream paper using a fine, black pen then cut it into leaves, or cut small leaf shapes from old magazines with small print or ready printed sheets (as we did). Glue leaves to the card in a circle, slightly overlapping each one. Stick a small gingham bow to the top of the wreath to finish.

Ribbon-wrapped present card

A sheer organza ribbon is fixed to the card and finished with a bow. Cut two lengths of ribbon about 3cm longer than the card edges. Fold under 1.5cm at each end of the ribbons. Lay one ribbon from top to bottom of the card and fix ends inside using clear tape. Make a slit centrally in the fold of the card and insert one end of the remaining ribbon. Lay it across the card and tape both ends in place. Tie a ribbon bow and glue to the centre of the card to finish.

Pricked-out star card

Needles are used to prick out star shapes, creating this pretty, delicate effect. Draw a large star shape onto the front of a plain white card using a soft pencil. Prick holes along these lines using thick and thin needles alternately. Glue a fabric star to the centre. Draw another star around this central star and, making holes at the star points, prick small holes along the lines. Rub out the pencil lines.

Beaded leaf card

A delicate skeleton leaf is decorated with small glass beads. Apply PVA glue (or any glue that dries clear) to the centre of the leaf, press into place on the card, and leave to dry. Sew five small glass beads through the card along the central vein of the leaf, using a fine sewing needle. Finish off the stitching neatly inside the card.

Heart and button card

A red gingham heart with a pearlescent button gives a rustic feel to a plain brown card. Cut a heart shape from gingham fabric using pinking shears and glue it to the front of the card. Glue on a mother-of-pearl button to finish.

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