[Tutorial] Simple Christmas Cards

Hello, G45ers!

  With Christmas only 16 days away now is the time to create those handmade cards, and we have you covered with this genius Simple Christmas Card Set Video Tutorial.  These elegant yet easy to create cards have been created for us by Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Melissa Merritt.  We encourage you to grab your festive papers and create along with us today.


By Melissa Merritt 

It is the time to be Merry! Christmas is a magical time of the year and making Christmas cards is a favorite past-time for many Graphic 45’ers.  I am sharing today 3 simple Christmas cards using Graphic 45 Christmas Time collection and their Gear background die.  I love steampunk and I am so excited about this paper line. 


Supplies Used:

(3) 8½ x 11” Black Cardstock – card base

8 x 8” Graphic 45 Christmas Time Collection (just a couple of sheets)

(4) 12 x 12” Graphic 45 Christmas Time Pattern and Solids (one of each color)

Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Gold Metallic paper (or similar gold paper)

Graphic 45 Gear Die

Optional: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Vintage Photo (for inking your papers)


Below are directions on how to make each card and a video tutorial to follow along with.  





Card base: 10 x 6” black cardstock, scored at 5” on the 10” side. First layer mat and inside mat: 4½ x 5½”. Second layer: 4 x 5”.  Cut out of gold paper the gear die, which is about 3⅜ x 4½”.  The “Merry Christmas” is a PoppyStamp die called Vintage Merry Christmas.  The red mat for the “Merry Christmas” is 3 x 1½”.


Attach your first two layers, centered, with ¼” border.  Then attach the rest. 




Card Base: 6¼ x 10½”, scored at 5¼” on the 10½” side.  First layer mat and inside mat: 5¾ x 4¾”. Second mat: 5¼ x 4¼”. Cut out of gold paper the gear die, which is about 3⅜ x 4½”. The “The Magic of Christmas” piece is a cut apart piece from the collection, which is about 3⅜ x 2⅜” and the mat size is 3⅝ x 2⅝”.  Like the 1st Card, attach the first 2 layers, centered, with ¼” border, then the gears, then the cut apart piece on the mat, centered. 




Card base: 6 x 11”, scored at 5½” on the 11” side.  First layer mat and inside mat: 5 x 5½”.  Second layer: 4½ x 5”.  Cut out of gold paper the gear die, which is about 3⅜ x 4½”.  The Santa and Tree is a cut apart piece.  I did not add a mat to this piece.  


Attach the first two layers, then the gears, then the cut apart piece.  



I hope these cards inspire you to make your own.” ~Melissa


Video Tutorial:

Simple Christmas Cards by Melissa Merritt for Graphic 45


  Christmas Time invites you to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with festive images of vintage steampunk Santa’s.  Emerald green trees, red holly berry, glittery gold gears, and coal-black trains set the tone for this holiday season.




Happy Papercrafting!  


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