Step 1: Select Colors
The sample card uses the traditional Christmas colors of red and
green with accents in black, yellow and brown. Select markers, stamp
pads, and a ribbon to render the color theme.
Tip: Use whatever color scheme you like. Base
the color selections on your card's theme, the ribbon color or the
rubber stamp images. Keep the number of colors to just a
Step 2: Cut Edge
Unfold the card blank. Draw a light pencil line ½" in from
the bottom edge. Cut along the traced line with the
decorative edge scissors. Carefully align the scissors' pattern
as you cut. Erase any remaining pencil marks.
Step 3: Make Background Stamp
Make a rectangular stamp for stamping backgrounds from a
white plastic eraser. At the end of the eraser, use your pencil
to draw a rectangle that is approximately 5/8" by ¾". Cut
out the rectangular stamp using your craft knife.
Tip: Craft stores and school supply outlets
sell carving blocks for making stamps. The blocks are easier to
cut than erasers, and with basic carving tools, you can make
rubber stamps of your own design.
Step 4: Plan Card
Before stamping the card, make samples of the design on scrap
paper. With the rectangle background stamp, create a red and
green checkerboard that is 2 by 9 blocks. Stamp "Merry
Christmas" in black ink on the blocks. See if the checkerboard
fits on the card, and make sure the letters are readable. Make adjustments
as needed—overlap or spread out the blocks and adjust the
lightness of the checkerboard blocks.
Tip: For lighter background blocks, make the
stamp's first impression on scrap paper, then stamp three more
impressions on the card before re-inking the stamp.
Step 5: Stamp Background
Draw light pencil lines as a guide for stamping the checkerboard.
Draw one line ¼" from the cut decorative edge and the second
line about 1½" (2 times the background stamp height) from the
Stamp a checkerboard pattern of alternating red and green blocks.
After the ink is dry, erase any visible pencil lines.
Tip: Instead of stamping the background, you can
use a strip cut from the
Plain Checkerboard Border ePaper. See the sidebar for
Step 6: Stamp Images and Letters
Stamp "Merry Christmas" on the checkerboard design in black ink.
Above the checkerboard, stamp your Christmas images.
Tip: Stamp Christmas images that are right- or
left-facing with the face aligned toward the card's center.
Tip: If you don't have alphabet stamps, cut out
one of the printable checkerboards in the
Merry Christmas Checkerboard Border ePaper. See the
sidebar for more details.
Step 7: Color
Use the markers to color the stamped images and draw accent
lines. The sample card has thick red lines on the top and bottom of
the checkerboard and near the top of the card. Narrow black lines
accent the areas above and below the stamped images.
Step 8: Glue Ribbon
Cut a 6" length of ½"- to ¾"-wide red ribbon. Open
the card flat to reveal the inside. Glue the ribbon near the bottom
of the card's inside, leaving a small white margin at the bottom.
Use scissors to trim excess ribbon from the sides.
More? You can easily make several identical cards by setting up a
production line for yourself, or for you and a helper or two. To do
this, take 6 or so cards through each step together.
That's it! Your card is complete!