Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas Past - Batch Making Christmas Cards

Where has the year gone! Life is moving at high speed so best get cracking with my Christmas cards. I've made this style of card before and always love them so this year I shall be batch making my Christmas cards with it.

I don't think I've ever said this before, but they really are QUICK and Easy to make and you can make A LOT as the paper required is minimal.

I've used Craftwork Cards Christmas Past Collection Kit and you can easily make 50+ cards from it without compromising design. Here is the link to all the collection packs - there is a sale on some, including this one and it's only £10! 

Materials you will need:
  • Craftwork Cards Christmas Past Collection Pack (or any kit)
  • Craftwork Cards Red/Cream A4 caardstock (or any A4 cardstock to make the card bases).
  • Adhesive – I’ve used wet glue and Candi Fix
  • Scoreboard
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pokey Tool
  • Paper Trimmer or Guillotine
  • Embellishments of your choice
There are two variations today but both fold flat and fit into a standard A2 Envelope. The awesome thing is that the cards are quite effective yet use minimal paper!
Card Style with the Bridge 
Card style without the bridge 
To make the card bases: 
  • 4 1/4″ by 8″ piece of card stock (you can make two card bases from one sheet of 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock! How cool is that?!
  • Score on the 8″ side at: 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6 3/4
To Decorate: 
  • 1 or 1 1/4"″ by 5 1/2″ for the bridge piece (if you want to add it, I have done this on 2 of the 4 cards). Some cards look better with a smaller one and other can take the additional 1/4". If you mat and layer it, just take it down by 1/4". 
  • 1″ by 4″ for the side panel strips (you can either cut 4 like I have or you can just add 2, the outside panels)
  • 2 3/4″ by 4″ for the base, I used both plain cardstock or the Father Christmas postcards cut down. If you use cardstock first then next layer is 2 1/2" by 3 3/4" (1/4" increments each layer). 
How they look folded 
  • You are practically done! Now just add the centre mat and layers (cardstock/father Christmas postcards), sentiments and any other pieces from the collection. It really is that quick and easy. 
  • Add your bridge piece last - this will ensure your card is quick, easy and fiddle free. 
  • Cut out white (writing) panels 2 3/4" x 4" and write them out ready to adhere to the back of your card - you all the space available. 
Card 1 - without Bridge Fold
Card 2  - with Bridge Fold
 Card 3 - without Bridge Fold
 Card 4 - with Bridge Fold
This is a dimensional card and although it folds flat for posting, don't be afraid to use as much or as little as you want to on these cards, they will all be amazing!
Aren't the postcards perfect for this style of card?! 
All four together really do look like a matching collection and once you get on a roll you won't believe how many you can make in one sitting. 
I would make up each step first - the card bases, the cut out the strips and adhere - once you've done that, you're home free and can add the panels and sentiments, embellishments and bows of your choosing. 
I hope that you've enjoyed this post today and if you do make up some batch cards, I'd love to see them! 
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Thanks so much for popping by and see you Friday! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx 


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