Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Christmas in July!!

Yes it's true, whilst the sun may be shining and the summer is upon us, it is actually a really good time to stock up on your Christmas crafty stash.  I often start off with good intentions to build up a stock of my personal use xmas cards and gifts, but come beginning of December I start panicking that there is still so much to get done.  Papermill Direct are running a promotion on very christmassy shades of card in 'Post Box Red' and 'Forest Green'  with a fab 15% off!!  

So today I am going to share this Accordion Fold card that features lots of Red and green and a sprinking of white.
 
 I Created my Accordion pages by diecutting 2 pages from 'Forest Green and 1 page from 'Post Box Red' card. scoring, folding and taping them together.  I always leave the inner section unattached until they have been decorated.  
 
 I die cut shaped panels from rich cream hammered card as i thought that would be a nice contrast and the hammered effect would add some interest.  The tree, stocking and Dec 25 motifs were cut using my Cricut Mini, assembled and decorated with glitter glues and faux gems.  I then attached the inner panels of the accordion fold pages taking care to assemble in the correct 'in and out' order.
To add to the christmassy feel I die cut some snowflakes and stars in different sizes and scattered them about the panels, letting some overlap into the cut out spaces to help frame the designs,  Each snowflake has a centre of stickles glitter glue in 'frosted lace' to create a bit of extra sparkle.  A snowflake charm and a bright red ribbon bow add the finishing touches.

I like making Accordion Fold cards, you can create a great display piece and yet it folds down to fit into an envelope, perfect for posting out.
Now I'm feeling festive, so i think I will carry on making a few xmas cards in between other themes, see if I can build up my stock for personal use.

Materials Used:
Forest Green, Post Box Red, Rich Cream Hammered, White Card - Papermill Direct
Cricut Mini to cut motifs, snowflake and album are dies, 

stickles glitter glue in 'Frosted Lace', 
snowflake charm, bakers twine, ribbon and faux gems from my own craft stash.

Why not pop over and see what my fabulous papermill teamies have got up to this week too?:
 

Barbara
Lisa
Ruth