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How to Make Christmas Cards and Stationery


Making Snowman-Themed Christmas Cards and Stationery

­Visions of snowmen outside usually means cold weather has hit. But these cheery snowman-themed projects are sure to warm your heart and the hearts of those who receive them. Even better, they're easy to make with materials you might have around the house.

Snow Buddy Pencil Topper

Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
The finished Snow Buddy Pencil Topper.

This pencil topper is sure to be the envy of all your friends -- so why not make one for each of them this holiday season! Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • Air-dry paper clay
  • Pencil
  • Round wood toothpicks
  • Acrylic paint: black, green, red, orange
  • Small paintbrush
  • Ball-headed pin
  • Craft glue
  • 10 black beads, 11/0 each
  • Scrap blue felt
  • Scissors

To Make a Snow Buddy Pencil Topper:

  1. To make the body of the snowman, roll a 1-inch ball of clay. Insert the end of the pencil halfway into the body. Break a wood toothpick in half, and insert half of it into the center top of the body.

  2. Make the head by rolling a 7/8-inch ball of clay. Place this on the top of the body. Slightly flatten the top of the head.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Place the snow buddy's head
    on top of the body.

  3. To make the hat, flatten a 5/8-inch ball of clay into 11/8-inch circle. Roll a 7/8-inch ball, and slightly flatten the top and bottom of it (the sides should stay rounded). Place the flattened ball on the brim to complete the hat.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Finish the hat by placing the
    flattened ball on the brim.

  4. Flatten a 2-inch ball of clay, and cut out 2 holly leaves with a toothpick. Make lines in the center of the leaves with the end of the toothpick. Roll a 1/8-inch ball into a carrot shape. Let the body, hat, leaves, small ball, and carrot shape all dry for 24 hours.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use a toothpick to cut out holly leaves.

  5. When the pieces have dried, paint the hat black, the holly leaves green, the small ball red, and the carrot nose orange. Use the ball-head of the pin and the black paint to dot eyes and a mouth on the snowman's face. Let paint dry completely.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Paint the hat black.

  6. Glue the holly leaves and red ball to the top of the snowman's hat. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman's head, and glue the carrot nose to the snowman's face.

  7. Cut a 1/4x10-inch piece of blue felt. Tie it around the snowman's neck, and glue the ends down.

    Snow Buddy Pencil Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Tie blue felt around
    the snow buddy's neck.

From Our Family to Yours

With personal pictures adorning the covers, these cards are sure to be cherished by all who receive them. To complete this project, you'll need:

From Our Family to Yours
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
This is the completed From Our
Family to Yours card.

  • Blue art paper, cut into 10x7-inch rectangles (1 for each card)
  • Waxed paper
  • Snowflake rubber stamp
  • Silver pigment ink pad
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Embossing gun (or other heat source)
  • Extra-fine silver paint marker
  • Black photo corners (4 for each card)
  • 31/2x5-inch photograph (1 for each card)

To Make a From Our Family to Yours Card:

  1. Fold rectangles of blue paper to form 5x7-inch cards. Place 1 card on sheet of waxed paper.

  2. Apply silver ink to rubber stamp by brushing ink pad against surface of stamp.

  3. Starting in a corner and working quickly but carefully, firmly press inked stamp to edge of card. Repeat around entire edge of card, reinking as necessary, to form a border of silver snowflakes. To make border look more natural, turn rubber stamp in different directions and allow some snowflakes to print off edge of card.

    From Our Family to Yours
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.­
    Press inked stamp around edge of card.

  4. While ink is still wet, completely cover all stamped areas with embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and return to bottle.

    From Our Family to Yours
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sprinkle embossing powder
    over stamped areas.

  5. Using embossing gun, heat snowflakes until powder is melted and a shiny, raised surface is formed.

    From Our Family to Yours
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Heat snowflakes with embossing gun.

  6. Use paint marker to write a holiday greeting on inside of card.

  7. Put photo corners on each corner of photograph. Moisten backs of photo corners and center photo on front of card, pressing down firmly.

    From Our Family to Yours
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use photo corners to add a finished look.

  8. Repeat steps to make more cards.

Snowy Stationery
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
The completed Snowy Stationery.

Snowy Stationery

During those long winter months when we're cooped up inside, it's important to keep in touch. What better way than with this cheerful stationery! Here are the materials you'll need:

  • White ink pad
  • Heavy paper: red, blue, yellow
  • Markers: black, orange, green, red, brown
  • White pen

To Make Snowy Stationery:

  1. Place your finger on ink pad to coat it, and stamp finger on paper for snowman heads. Place heads in a pleasing arrangement.

  2. If you choose, you could also stack 2 or 3 finger stamps to create the snowman bodies.

    Snowy Stationery
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use an ink pad and your thumb or
    finger to make snowman heads.

  3. Use black marker to draw eyes and mouths. Use orange marker to draw carrot noses. You could also draw holly using green marker and add berries with red marker. If you are making standing snowmen, use brown marker to add arms. Use black marker to add hats where you want them. If you'd like, add halos with white pen to make snow angels.

    Snowy Stationery
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Add eyes and mouths with a black marker.

  4. Use white pen to write sayings on paper, such as "Let It Snow!" or "There's No People Like Snow People!"

There's no better way to say "Merry Christmas" than with a handmade card. See the next section for some joyous ideas.


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