Christmastime is here. Nothing fuels my desire to get in the craft room and make cards more than Christmas. I love Christmas cards of all types–fancy, simple, handmade, pre-printed, photo cards, etc. Every year I make dozens of Christmas cards, but do I send them? No. I put writing and sending cards on my “To Do…Later” list and I just never get around to it. Christmas comes and goes and I convince myself I’ll do it next year… I promise.
One hang up I run into every year is mailing cards that don’t fit into a standard-sized envelope. Bulky cards take extra postage, sure, but it’s the trip to the post office that I most dread. This year I have resolved to make flat Christmas cards that I can pop into an envelope and have the kids take out to the mailbox.
Although not technically one-layer cards, these paint chip Christmas tree cards are flat and mailable. There are no dimensional elements, nor tons of layers, on these cards that will keep them from being fitting into a standard A-2 envelope. Flat cards don’t have to be boring. There are several ways to add texture and dimension to an otherwise flat card.
Easy Paint Chip Christmas Tree Cards
Wanna know one of my foolproof card making formulas? Patterned paper + journaling cards. Seriously. Place a seasonally appropriate journaling card on top of contrasting patterned paper and you’re done. Almost. Add a favorite embellishment or two and maybe add some stitching around the edge. I adhered three paint chip Christmas trees next to the Merry & Bright journaling card in an ombre pattern to add more visual interest.
To make paint chip Christmas cards, you will need:
I found these cool Behr paint chips last time I was at Home Depot. If you don’t have a triangle punch, cut out triangles by hand.
Inspired by the tiny trees on this patterned paper, I added a trio of green trees to this CAS Christmas card.
Using strips cut from another paint chip, add a green border to the top and bottom of the white cardstock to help it pop off the front of the card without having to add foam or another dimensional adhesive.
Add a machine-stitched border around the border of your card to add some texture. Stitching around the border of cards is my favorite way to add texture and visual dimension to a card while still keeping it flat.
I love creating rolling hill scenes on card, and nothing says winter more than snowy hills. I thought the little paint chip Christmas trees would be perfect as part of a card scene. Cute sentiment, right? I cut it from a piece of patterned paper. So easy.
If you are creating white-on-white snowy hills, use both sides of textured cardstock to create a contrast between the two white layers. This is a super easy and effective way to vary the texture on the card and add visual dimension.