Good morning CraftyStealers!

I know YESTERDAY was world card-making day, but I figured you wouldn’t hold it against me for being a day late with a tutorial.  Besides, the idea is to get everyone jump started on holiday card-making right?

In the coming week we will be crafting for a cause over here at the CraftySteals.com blog.  More specifically, making cards for troops.  Unlike Operation Write Home, which provides BLANK cards to troops to send to their families (which is an AWESOME charity to get involved with), Operation Christmas Cards collects cards with handwritten notes of gratitude to distribute to servicemen and women.  Their mission is to “love our troops one card at a time.”  

I’m going to kick off our week of card tutorials with a simple way to make a cute Christmas tree card. 

Here’s what you will need:

  • Card base or cardstock for a card base (note that Operation Christmas Cards only accepts cards up to 9″x9″)
  • 1 piece of colored cardstock for a background (cut to size that will fit on your cards)
  • Two sided patterned paper cut into 3.5″ or 4″ circles (that are then cut in half)
  • Coordinating patterned paper or brown paper or ribbon (for trunks)
  • Ribbon or other embellishments to finish off the card

Okay, step one is to put your background on your base.

Next, take one of your circles.  Fold one edge (I did the right edge) in so that that it meets the center.  Keep the straight edges (bottom) aligned.

Turn the edge of this fold back over to the right at an angle, so that the bottom edge is now flush with the right edge.

Turn the paper over and fold the left edge down to meet the bottom edge.

Trim the bottom to make a straight edge (or curved if you like it better – I actually pulled out some scallop-edged scissors to trim my tree).

Now cut trunks from ribbon or paper and attach to your background.

Attach the trees on top of the trunks. Glue down the folds of the trees.

Decorate your trees and the rest of your card. I gave my a little bling and added a stamped sentiment.

Voila! Cute and simple – my favorite kind of card!

Remember, tomorrow I will post another tutorial, plus more specific details on our week of cardmaking fun. It includes lots of cards, lots of sharing, getting to know each other and maybe even a prize or two!

Have a great day!