Classic Paper Christmas Cards

Homemade Christmas cards are a gift of love and this is the perfect time to send that love! This project gives that Classic Paper Christmas Card look!

This project is Victorian Images from the Graphic Fairy, who kindly gave the time and effort to share early Victorian Christmas Images. Simply print them: refer to the photos, assemble them after cutting; the black lines are to be cut off. The images are printed on Extract, Moon, 140lb cover, which prints so well on my inkjet printer.  Some of the images are for the outside of the card, and some for the inside. You can also interchange them, cutting them to suit. The paper used was Curious Metallic, Lustre, 110 lb cover and the matching Curious Metallic, Lustre, A7 envelopes.  The paper frame between the images and the Lustre is Plike, Bordeaux, 112 lb cover.  The last card made used the Bordeaux for the base card and the paper frame behind the photo is Parchtone, Natural, 80 lb cover.  The matching envelope used for that card was Parchtone, Natural A6 envelope. I also printed one Santa and inside greeting on Canalleto-20% Cotton, Premium White. If I used the white on the outside, I used it on the inside.

  1. Print the images and trim them; there are 3 per sheet. Cut off the black lines. The images are about 3.25″ wide and 5″ long. I tried to standardize that for ease of assembly. I free cut some of the left over images of the little cherubs and just free mounted them. If they vary a little it won’t matter.  All papers used are 8.5″ x 11″.
  2. The Lustre envelope is A7, sized at 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″, so the card is cut to 9″ x 6 1/8″. I trimmed the width a bit since the card are thick and take up space. If you have lighter weight cover paper, you might not need to, but I have heavier cardstock. Score and fold in the middle for a card that is 4.5″ x 6 1/8″.
  3. The Bordeaux frames around the images are mostly 4″ x 5.75″ but some are 5.5″. The smaller ones were left over and I just used them. It doesn’t matter that much, you just need to center the images on the Bordeaux.
  1. The Extract card images and the Bordeaux frames were all cut first, along with as many card bases as I could; I cut more as I went along. At the end I kept finding extra images I could use, so I did. Assemble the cards using 1/4″ ScorTape.  It is attached around the each edge of each image, except the inside greeting. The bottom edge has not been tape since I found it faster to mount it and then cut the bottom.
  2. The inside mount was either centered or offset to the left. If don’t get it mounted evenly, put Un-Du around the edges, remove it, let it dry and remounted it. The paper holds up fine. It didn’t smear the print.
  3. The last card was Bordeaux for the base card; I found the image and it was a favorite, so I decided to play around a little. I used an A7 Parchtone, Natural, envelope and matched the frame behind the image to it with Parchtone, Natural, 80 lb cover. The frame is 4″ x 5 3/4″ long. The base card is bigger, at 10″ x 6 7/8″, for a 5″ x 6 7/8″ card. The inside 3″ x 5″ Moon is stamped with Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Bundled Sage. Don’t forget to refill that pad. The “Merry Christmas” is from JustRite Clear Stamps: Merry Christmas Sentiments Two. The little holly leaves are from mulberybear2 on Ebay. I found something really similar on Etsy : “30 mini paper holly leaves, green paper leaves, mulberry paper leaves”.  I added a 1/8″ strip of left over green, color unknown, and some red 1/16″ red glass half rounds.

Enjoy!

Papers used in this craft:

Other materials used in this craft:

  • ScorTape, 1/4″
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
  • JustRite, Clear, Merry Christmas Sentiments Two
  • Tim Holtz, Alcohol Pad and Refill, Bundled Sage.
  • 1/16″ red glass half rounds (Offray Adhesive Gems)
  • 1/8″ scrap of green paper, 5″ long
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