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Card Class 2: Tutorial #8 - Card Making Idea

Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards

What we will be making:

'Tis the season for ribbons! Take your homemade Christmas cards up a notch by adding a ribbon edge. In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a decorative cut edge that is enhanced with a ribbon backing. You'll also learn how to make a stamp from an eraser and use it make plain and checkered backgrounds.

This greeting card tutorial builds on the previous tutorials in the original Greeting Card Class set of tutorials. If you are new to card making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.

Refer to Card Class Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make card blanks and envelopes.

Here's what you need:
  • White card blank - 4¼″ by 5½″
  • Red or green ribbon - ½″ to ¾″ wide
  • White plastic eraser
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors - straight and decorative
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Rubber stamps - Christmas images (1" to 1½") and alphabet set with ½" letters
  • Stamp pads - green, red and black
  • Markers - black and colored
  • Optional supplies: Stencils, colored pencils

This is a Greeting Card Class 2 tutorial and is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Ribbon Edge Christmas Cards

Read through the tutorial before starting.
Select colors for cards Step 1: Select Colors

The sample card uses the traditional Christmas colors of red and green with accents in black, yellow and brown. Select a ribbon, markers and stamp pads 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 handful.

Cut decorative edge 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 scissor's pattern as you cut. Erase any remaining pencil marks.

Make rectanglular background stamp from eraser 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 an eraser and with basic carving tools you can make rubber stamps of your own design.

Plan card design and stamp samples 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 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.

Stamp background in checkered pattern 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 background stamp height) from the first line.

Stamp a checkerboard pattern of alternating red and green blocks. After the ink is dry, erase any visible pencil lines.

Stamp card images and letters 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 towards the card's center.

Color stamped images and draw accent lines 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 are above and below the stamped images.

Glue edge ribbon and trim 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.

That's it! Your card is complete!

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.

Ribbon Edge Christmas Card
Before you start a tutorial:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read through the tutorial.
  • Think about what you plan to make. Imagine how you can add your own creative touch.
  • Gather the materials you will need.
Get ready, and get started!!!

ePaper Extra

Printable checkerboard border

Tip: If you don't have an alphabet rubber stamp set, print, cut and glue borders from the Merry Christmas Checkerboard Border ePaper. Or if you don't have the red and green stamp pads for making the checkerboard border, download and print the Plain Checkerboard Border ePaper.

Sample Christmas card with silver ribbon

Tip: A ribbon edge will enhance a simple card design. This red Christmas card, with a silver ribbon edge, has red images stamped on 1¼" white squares, a greeting stamped in black, and accent lines of black and silver.

Sample ribbon edge card in blues and greens

Tip: Make ribbon edge cards for other occasions. Use a simple seasonal color scheme that coordinates with the ribbon's color.

Sample ribbon edge card in reds and oranges

Tip: An alternative to stamped images are traced stencils. Use a fine-point black pen to trace the design then fill traced areas with colored markers.

Share images of your Ribbon Edge cards to the Greeting Card Class Flickr group or on Aunt Annie's Facebook wall.

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