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Handmade Holiday Card With Colorful Felt Pennants

A trendy (and easy to create!) felt pennant adds a fun finishing touch to this hip Christmas card.

Debbie Olson, Thinking Inking

Materials Needed:

  • cream card stock
  • dark red card stock (or color that coordinates with chosen patterned paper)
  • patterned paper
  • holiday sentiment stamp
  • foam tape
  • felt to coordinate with patterned paper
  • dies for focal image and border (or can hand-cut or use punches)
  • baker's twine
  • dark red ink
  • distressing ink
  • corner rounders (optional)
  • sanding block
  • paper trimmer
  • glue or double-sided tape

Create Card Base

Cut card base to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and fold in half. Cut patterned paper for card front to 5-3/8" x 4-1/8". If desired, use corner rounder to round lower edges of both patterned paper and card base. Sand edges of patterned paper if you are using a vintage paper. Using distress ink, lightly stain edges of card base. Finally, attach patterned card front to card base with glue or double-sided tape.

Create Card-Front Trim Panel

From coordinating piece of patterned paper, cut trim piece and mat layer for card front. If desired, create a decorative edge with either a die or a punch. Attach matted trim piece to card base. Note: Mat layer shown in die below.

Create Card-Front Sentiment Panel

Die-cut panel for sentiment and stamp sentiment onto panel. Using distressing ink, lightly stain the edges then attach sentiment panel to card front with foam tape.

Create Felt Banner

Using a variety of felt pieces that coordinate with patterned paper, cut five triangles as banners. (The ones shown above are 7/8" across at the top x 1-5/8" to the bottom point.) Glue felt triangles to baker's twine.

Attach Banner to Card Base

Using foam tape, attach banner to card base and tie bows on both ends.

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