Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIY: Holiday Printables! Simple, Customizable Ornament Cutout Cards

Today I'm delighted to host a guest project from Kristen Desrosier of LCI Paper Company. She has created a fantastic tutorial that's bound to launch card making sessions far and wide. You might recall a previous tut that Kristen shared here at ATP featuring a pretty custom-lined envelope. She also writes posts and designs projects for the excellent LCI Paper blog.

Take it away, Kristen!


Here's a fun way to make a personalized holiday card. It's rich with handcrafted goodness, yet comes together quite quickly... ideal for busy crafters who love festive impact! The printables are free for the taking and can be printed on any paper, so mixing, matching, creativity and sharing are encouraged.



A2 (4 ¼ x 5 ½") blank folding cards
A2 (4 3/8 x 5 ¾") envelopes
8 ½ x 11" vellum or other light weight text paper
Ribbon or string
Paper trimmer
2-inch round hole punch
Microsoft Word (or preferred word processing or page layout program)

Step 1. Download Template Folder 

Begin by downloading the print template folder. It is a zip file with seven printable patterns and three customizable cards for you to choose from. Take your pick!

Step 2. Customize Card


Next, customize the front of your holiday card using the Microsoft Word or PDF template. If using Word, just click on the text box as shown here to edit. If you prefer a different word processing or page layout program, you will need to use the PDF template. To do so, just place it into a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch document, then insert a text box for type.

Step 3. Print Cards (A2 Folder) and Pattern Paper (8 ½ x 11")

Print your customized design on an A2 folding card and the pattern on 8 ½ x 11" vellum or text weight paper.

Step 4. Punch 2-Inch Round Hole for Ornament Window


Use a 2-inch round punch to create a circle in the blank space below the printed string (¼ inch from the right and bottom of the card, if you are a perfectionist).

Step 5. Cut Pattern Paper to 5 ¼ x 8 ¼"


Though the printable patterns are made to fully cover an 8 ½ x 11" sheet, you may notice a 1/8 inch border around the patterns you printed. This is because most printers are not capable of printing to the edge, but that’s okay! To remedy this, cut the blank borders off, then cut the sheets in half to yield two 5 ¼ x 8 ¼" pieces.

Step 6.  Fold Pattern Paper in Half, Place Loosely in Card


Fold pattern paper in half along the short edge, and place it loosely inside the card.

Step 7. Grab Some String & Cut


Grab your favorite string, twine or ribbon and cut it to desired length.

Step 8. Tie Pattern Paper into Card with String


Tie the string into a bow or loose knot to hold the card and pattern layers together. If you’re feeling really crafty, you could also punch holes through the two layers and tie the string through.

Step 9. Personalize the Inside (if you wish)


If you’d like, write a personal message on the inside.
(Please note that this works best on opaque text paper as opposed to vellum where patterns show through.)

Step 10. Pair with A2 Envelope

Finally, pair your handmade card with a complementary A2 envelope, address, and you’re done!


About LCI
Founded in 1995, Marlborough, Massachusetts-based LCI Paper, Inc. offers consumers a quick, affordable way to purchase paper, envelopes, printed invitations & stationery. Through an easy online ordering system, products are shipped same day from their order fulfillment center. LCI is Better Business Bureau certified and A+ rated.


Traci said...

Thank you for this post! I love the easy printables. I make all my own cards...and have for a long time. But these are going into my idea file for a fast and easy card that may be adapted for any occasion.

Ann said...

Love these cards. I don't have a 2" punch so I better make a trip to the craft

Ann Martin said...

I'm glad you like the idea, Traci!

Ann Martin said...

So glad you like them, Ann! Sorry to send you shopping though. :)

Joanne said...

thank you for sharing this idea and the templates, it is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Lesliediana said. . .My first thoughts are - Shaker card and foil shine to the word Happy with a foil sheet and laminator. This template is perfect. Time to go buy more sequins. Thank you.

Ann Martin said...

You're welcome Joanne, thanks for commenting!

Ann Martin said...

Good idea! Would love to see your creations if you wind up making some.

Sue McIsaac said...

Thank you for sharing.

Jan Castle said...

Thanks every so much...will make for an easy, but lovely card!!!
Paper Hugs,

Akanksha Singh said...

What an awesome DIY.. What's better than a handmade Christmas card..

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