Rustic Christmas Tree Christmas Card
Are you looking for ideas to make your own Christmas cards this year?
Well, I’ve got just the thing for you: the above Christmas card.
It’s a lovely rustic and simple card to make.
You’ll see, it’s super easy and fun to create too.
I’m working without the typical card making arsenal here, meaning without cutting machines, stamps, stencils, dies, etc. This said, I did use basic craft tools.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
What you will need to make this card
- 1 sheet of kraft card paper
- 1 red card paper
- Textured watercolor paper
- 1 sheet of beige paper 120 gsm
- 2 sheets of printed digital paper (For this project, I used 2 sheets from this set: https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/elegant-autumn-scrapbook-paper-set/ref/440429. Feel free to pick your 2 sheets as you wish) 6. Textured watercolor paper (as opposed to smooth)
- Home printer
- Photo paper
- Word processor software
- Paper cutter ( a cheap one is enough)
- Craft knife
Basic Paper Craft Tools
- Craft mat
- Bone folder
- Circular Puncher (use scissors if you don’t have one)
- Craft glue
- Washi tape (helps securing paper, optional here)
Painting & sketching
- Watercolor paint
Let’s get cutting and making now!
Step 1 – Use the bone folder to fold the red card paper into 2.
Step 2 – Print Your Digital Papers (2).
Step 3 – Place both papers on top of the card and use a pen at the back to take measurements for cutting.
Step 4 – Use the paper cutter to cut both sheets so they meet in the middle of the card more or less like this:
Step 5 – Glue the sheets onto the front of the card.
Step 6 – Use the paper cutter to cut a stripe of the kraft paper.
Step 7 – Place the above stripe in the middle so it covers both sheets like this:
Step 8 – Take measurements for cutting the watercolor paper and use the paper cutter to cut it.
Step 9 – Apply glue to it and, if you wish, add some rolled washi tape in all 4 corners to secure it (I like doing this sometimes instead of using glue).
Step 10 – Place and glue this paper on top of the card:
Step 11 – Use a pencil to draw a triangular Christmas tree on the kraft paper sheet. Add stripes inside the tree.
Step 12 – Use the paper cutter to cut both sides of the tree.
Step 13 – Switch to the craft knife and continue cutting (be careful not to hurt yourself and proceed safely; research how to cut paper with art on…on Youtube first if need be):
Now cut every other stripes inside (plan ahead by marking the stripes to cut with a pencil and leave 2 stripes free at the top if need be, should you have an odd number of stripes inside your tree).
When you’re done, use the eraser to erase any pencil marks still visible on your tree. Proceed carefully and use your other hand to keep the paper secured to ensure you don’t inadvertently tear it apart.
You should have something like this at this stage:
In my case, I messed up a little towards the top but that’s ok. It does not need to be perfect. I messed up because this craft knife is not my usual one, so though I felt safe all the time I was using it, I don’t feel too comfortable using it for crafting. I’ll be ordering myself some new craft knives soon.
Step 14 – Open your word processor and type the text that needs to go on the card (feel free to pick 2 fonts of your choice and configure them as you see fit).
Step 15 – Print them on your beige premium paper.
Step 16 – Use the paper cutter to trim them so they fit very nicely on the card at the top and the bottom.
Step 17 – Glue them onto the card.
Step 18 – Randomly add red festive stars with watercolor.
And that’s job done!
1.To add your personal message inside, use a white pen.
2.If you prefer, replace the kraft stripe with ribbon.
And we’re done.
Congratulations for having made it to the end!
Alex of Log & Mitten