Handmade Holiday Cards with Detachable Ornament – A Julianna Hudgins Design Team Project

Before you know it, the holidays will be here!  Where has the year gone?!  One of the things I always think about doing late in the game is to make my own holiday cards.  With the scorching summer heat, it’s one of those things that always seems to slip my mind. But this year, when I saw Want 2 Scrap was carrying Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Fantasies Die Sets in chipboard, I thought they’d be perfect to use as a base for Holiday Ornaments to give as gifts along with a card.  Two-for-One – a thoughtful, handmade card, with a detachable, useful element that’ll hang on their tree for years to come!  And because they’re chipboard, they won’t pull down the branches – I always need some light ornaments to fill in the gaps where I have limp branches.  These are perfect for that too!

Set of Four Ornament Holiday Cards using Julianna Hudgins Jewel Fantasies Dies

To create the cards, first, I cut four pieces of chocolate brown cardstock using my Westcott Paper Trimmer and then scored them in the middle to fold.

Cutting Card Blanks from Cardstock to make Julianna Hudgins Jewel Fantasies Holiday Ornament Cards

Next, I used two differed sized Spellbinders Card Creator Dies to cut the outside of the card face and a window to display the ornament piece.  Notice I’m using painter’s tape to position the dies for their ride through the Grand Calibur Cutting Machine.  I also used their Junior Replacement Plates – they’re half the size…which means half the cranking and I think they work really well with the Card Creator sets.

Using the Spellbinders Card Creator to cut windowed cards from cardstock

Next, I used two more Card Creator Dies to create an inner mat for the window out of Spellbinders Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils.  I also cut my peacock feathers from Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Fantasies Die Set from Spellbinders from the same foil.  I then glued the Peacock Feathers to the Want 2 Scrap chipboard using Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

All the pieces cut with Spellbinders Card Creator and Julianna Hudgins Collection Dies

Next, I used three different color Sharpie Markers to color the metallic elements (inner mats, peacock feathers and metal tassels) and then used Rubbing Alcohol and a Cotton Swab to create a distressed finish.

Distressing and Aging the metal components for the holiday ornament cards

Then, I assembled the ornaments.  First I wrapped a piece of wire around the top (really tight to hold the feather) and created a loop at the top for the ribbon and decor.  Then, I attached Tim Holtz’ Chain Tassels to the tops to add some cool visual interest.  Then and I added a mini pearl and a bead from a broken tassel for some bling.  I finished it off with a Thin, Brown Ribbon to serve as the hanger..

Assembling the Ornaments for the Spellbinders Holiday Card Project

Next, I assembled the cards.  I used Quick Quotes Amaretto and Green With Envy Chalking Inks to give the edges of each card some age.  Then I simply taped the mats to the backs of the front frames using Scotch Tape and then glued them to the cards using more Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Antiquing and assemgling holiday cards using Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink!

To combine the ornament and the card, I punched a small hole in the top of the card, fed the hanger through the front of the card and taped the hanger to the inside.  Finally, I added a ribbon and one of Julianna’s “PEACE” sentiments from her Jewel Keys Die Set.  That’s it!

Supplies Used to Make Handmade Holiday Cards with Detachable Ornaments

Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Fantasies Die Set by Spellbinders
Spellbinders Card Creator Matting Basics Die Set
Spellbinders Grand Calibur Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Junior Replacement Plates
Cardstock Paper
Want 2 Scrap’s Jewel Fantasies Die Set in Chipboard
Westcott Paper Trimmer
Paper Scorer
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Tim Holtz’ Chain Tassels
Bling – Mini pearls, beads, etc
Thin, Brown Ribbon
Quick Quotes Amaretto and Green With Envy Chalking Inks
Scotch Tape
Small Hole Punch

Set of Four Ornament Holiday Cards using Julianna Hudgins Jewel Fantasies Dies

Even though we’re in the heat of summer, don’t forget about the holidays that are right around the corner! What kinds of handmade touches do you like to give during the holidays?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, Make Heads Turn…every day!

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