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A New Take on Christmas Cards

Posted by Graphic 45 08/14/2019 9 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,

Hello, G45ers!

Happy Wednesday crafty friends!  We are thrilled to share a step by step shabby chic Christmas card tutorial using Joy to the World  and our Matte Pearl Gems by Tanya Scrap.  Grab your scissors and let's make a festive holiday card!

Joy to the World - Christmas Card - Peace on Earth

By Tanya Scrap


“Hello, dear G45ers! Happy to share with you my Seasonal project this month featuring the beautiful Joy to the World Collection. This is such a beautiful Christmas line, I absolutely adore it! I have created an A5 size Christmas Card using lots of different cutting dies, string, flowers and the collections pretty chipboard embellishments and ephemera cards.


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Joy to the World 8x8 Paper Pad

Joy to the World Chipboard

Joy to the World Stickers

Joy to the World Ephemera Cards

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

Matte Pearl Gems



Other Supplies:

  • Various Cutting Dies
  • Wire
  • String
  • Flowers
  • White Cardstock
  • Eyelets
  • Scoring Board
  • Masking Tape
  • Foam Board/Cardboard



Cut an A5 size card from white cardstock and score in half.


Mat a sheet from the pattern sheets in the 8x8 collection to fit the white cardstock card, leave a fairly large border. You can use your own discretion when measuring. Then add a mixed media texture cutting die to the bottom section and cut.

Tip: Use masking tape to keep the die in place, thus making sure it stays in the position you want it.


Cut a few die-cut shapes for decoration and layering. 

Tip: Die-cut pieces work great for layering.


Use one of the larger ephemera cards and place a rectangle die over the image and cut. I used a stitched rectangle die. Mat this piece onto white cardstock. Also cut a tag from one of the smaller ephemera cards. Add an eyelet.


Add some matte pearl gems on the ephemera card.

Tip: These flat back pearls add great accents to cards. I love that the Graphic 45 pearls are self-adhesive. No need to glue. 


Layer the die-cut pieces and ephemera adhere a piece of foam board (optional) behind the cluster.

Tip: Adding foam board will give the layered cluster dimension. You could also use some cardboard instead of the foam board.


Tuck some of the die-cut leaves between the petals of the flowers.

Tip: By tucking the leaves between the flower petals will give it some extra dimension.


Add some eyelets to the chipboard embellishments.


Add some string and wire underneath the flowers for extra texture.


I hope this project inspires you to recreate your own, remember it is never too early to start making Christmas cards. 


Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Papercrafting!”



Happy Papercrafting!


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9 Comment(s)

Margaret R:
08/14/2019, 10:31:12 AM

Beautiful! Never too early for Christmas!

Anne Schilling:
08/14/2019, 11:01:49 AM

Love what you did here! Very beautiful!

Jean Krusz:
08/14/2019, 12:35:08 PM

Beautiful collection. I used it to make all my cards for this Christmas! Love your card. It is so dimensional! Great for hand delivering, but expensive to mail!

Sharon Gullikson:
08/14/2019, 12:38:10 PM

Hey, I am going to use my scrap pieces to make flowers! I always us plain card stock, but I LOVE how you used patterned paper. THANK YOU FOR THE IDEA!!!!!

Bev Drake:
08/14/2019, 02:36:45 PM

Beautiful card & lovely to see this as I love these papers but didn’t find it easy to put them together on a card. Certainly do now thank you,

Sue MacFall:
08/15/2019, 03:33:31 AM

What a great card - lovely for my sister as i always make her a special one.

08/15/2019, 10:20:21 AM

Love all the gorgeous layers!!

Sharon Gullikson:
08/16/2019, 02:59:48 PM

So beautiful. Only for your very favorite person, I'm afraid. It is so intricate, and must have taken so long.....I am in love with this collection, and LOVE how you used it. All of the details make a huge difference. The time was worth it :)

Sonja Van Laar:
08/17/2019, 01:48:35 PM

So many great ideas for adding those extra special details. Thank you for sharing in depth your process and beautiful result.

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