The Hobbycraft Blog is the place to be inspired about craft. Whether you’re new to crafting and want some advice, a busy mum looking for a school project, or a cross stitch expert seeking new ideas, our page is here to help.
I still write letters to everyone I post a Christmas card to, which takes quite some time (!), so I need to make cards that don’t require a long time to make.
Mini dies are ideal for using up cardstock off-cuts (which I have in abundance!), and make great clean and simple card designs that can be whipped up in next to no time, all ready for sending out well before the big day!
Mini pom poms are ideal for card making projects! On a portrait navy blue card blank secure a wooden Merry Christmas topper centrally, then use a hot melt glue gun to apply red pom poms sporadically over the rest of the card; you can use as many or as few as you like!
Merry Christmas Layered Die-cut Card
On a kraft card blank use a white pen to draw small dots, to give the effect of snowfall. For the central greting, die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from three different colours of plain cardstock. Use a glue pen to secure these one on top of the other, off-setting them slightly, in the centre of the card blank.
Paper Rosette Christmas Card
Paper rosettes are super-simple to make once you know how! Start by cutting a piece of patterned cardstock (I used a sheet of paper from the HoHoHo paper pad) to 30.5 (W) x 3.5 (H)cms. Using a score board or scoring tool, score lines across the entire cardstock width every 5mm. Once complete, concertina fold along the cardstock, alternating between mountain and valley folds. Once complete your piece of paper should look like an accordion! Trim away any excess cardstock.
Glue the two ends together using a hot melt glue gun to form a cylinder. Trim a small piece disc of cardstock (roughly 3cm in diameter), place to one side. the the folded paper piece on a flat surface gently push down and out on the top edge (this can be a little fiddly) to create a closed circle/rosette shape. Add hot glue to the back of the paper disc and secure centrally on the back of the rosette – this will help the rosette keep its shape. Add a layered die-cut greeting to the centre of the rosette to complete the design.
Clean and Simple Holly Greeting Card
CAS or Clean and Simple cards are ideal if you’ve got a lot of cards to make and time is tight. Just adding a simple die-cut and a sticker to a card blank is all that’s needed to create a beautiful handmade card. Making sure you pick the right colour card blank is key with these types of cards, as you’ll need to ensure your greeting stands out and is centre stage.
Wooden Topper Cards
Twine is a craft stash staple and it works a treat when it comes to creatig bordes for your card making projects. Clear drying tacky glue is the best adhesive to ensure the twine stays in place.
Top tip: Leave the tacky glue to dry slightly before adding the twine on top.
Then use wooden letter in complimentary tones to add your greeting centrally to the card blank, just like I’ve done on the card pictured below. If you can’t find wooden letter to compliment your twine, simply by plain ones and use craft paint to decorate them exactly how you like!
Super-Simple Wooden Topper Card
Sometimes all you need is a great wooden topper or two to create a quick, yet beautiful, card. Wooden toppers come in an array of sizes, finishes and type so the sky really is the limit when it comes to coming up with ideas for your festive notelets! Make sure to secure in place with a strong adhesive such as tacky glue, which also dries clear.
Are you always left with parts of die-cuts after completing a project?! Make sure to keep hold of these as they can often be used to create a completely new design! Find out more in the how-to guide below…
1. Lightly pencil a circle onto a piece of white card using the aperture card as a guide. Cut around this circle, making it around 1cm larger than the pencil line. Erase the pencil marks.
2. Use Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Ink pads and a Blending Tool to ink a night sky onto this circle. Glue to the back fold of the aperture card, using the aperture as a guide for placement.
3. Cut out a piece of acetate to fit inside the card front, secure in place with clear drying glue, such as tacky glue.
4. Die cut Santa’s Sleigh three times from black cardstock, then three times from white glitter cardstock.
5. Snip just the houses and rooftops from one black die cut and add to the inked inside circle using a glue pen. Add some falling snow with a white pen. Snip a moon out of a white glitter die-cut and adhere over the black moon.
6. Add the complete black circle die-cut to the acetate. Die cut another moon from white glitter cardstock, then attach with a foam pad over the black moon.
7. Stamp a Christmas greeting in black ink to the centre bottom of the card.
Making the Most of Your Scrap Die-cuts
You’ll find that you have a few die-cuts leftover from creating the aperture card. These can be put to go use on another card, simply cover the front of a 5 x 5″ white card blank » with paper from the 6 x 6″ Let it Snow Paper Pack ». Using a glue pen, add the remaining complete white glitter die-cut to the centre front of the card blank.
Cut out the moon, and reapply to the card with a couple of foam pads. Snip out just the sleigh and reindeer from the black die-cut and adhere this over the glitter base.
Add a stamped greeting to the bottom of the card and your second card is complete!
Add beautiful, embossed metallic details to handmade cards, gift boxes and more with Cosmic Shimmer’s Metallic Gilding Polish. Each pot comes with a handy foam applicator built into the lid, so all you need to do is apply you stencil then use the applicator to sweep the polish over your surface.
Take lid from chosen box and place stencil over. Hold the stencil in place with your hand then use the foam applicator pad in the top of the Gilding Polish to smooth over the Metallic Gilding Polish. Carefully remove the stencil leaving shining stars. Leave to dry completely.
2. Repeat the process on a square of coloured cardstock, once dry trim to size and secure to the front of your card blank using double-sided tape. Our cardstock panel measured 3 ¾ x 3 ¾” and was mounted on a 4 x 4″ square card blank.
3. Use 3D adhesive foam pads to secure your chosen die-cuts and embellishments in place.
4. Layer and glue elements used to create the card to make a matching gift tag for the box.
1. Cover the front of the card blank with green textured cardstock trimmed slightly smaller. Trim away the cardstock in the aperture with a craft knife.
2. Trim champagne glitter card 10.5cm square and foliage paper 10cm square. Adhere the paper on top of the glitter card then cut out a square through the centre the same size as the aperture in the card blank. Attach the frame around the aperture with foam pads.
3. Select, print out and trim down your chosen image to go inside the aperture. Use double-sided tape to apply a square of Fab Foam to the reverse before securing centrally within the aperture.
4. Add a wooden sentiment underneath the aperture along with a strip of cardstock featuring your family’s name.
5. Finish off the card with holly wooden toppers secured in place with tacky glue.
If you have a never-ending Christmas card making list, this die-cut snowflake card is ideal for making in bulk; simply die-cut snowflakes from your favourite colour of glitter card then use cardstock off-cuts to create the banner, finish off the design with a festive greeting and some gems, and your card is good to go!
Shaker cards make perfect Christmas cards, the dinky compartments are ideal for housing faux snow or twinkly gold star confetti – just like this card! This design even comes with a removable shaker star, that can be hung on the lucky recipients Christmas tree.
1. Begin by matting the front of a 5 x 7” card blank with navy blue geometric patterned paper, leaving a 5mm border.
2. Trim a sheet of texture white card slighter larger than the matted layer, but still leaving a border of 3mm from the card blank. Die cut two star shapes using the mini decorative star die. Place the centre of die about 5.7cm up from the bottom edge for the lower star, and about 7.7cm placement for the higher star. Keep the lower star die cut to one side.
3. Cut a sheet of acetate to cover the reverse of both star apertures. Fix in place using tacky glue. Use 3D foam tape and squares to fully surround each star on the reverse. Also add foam tape around the outer edges to support the whole panel piece.
4. Die cut the star from a sheet of white textured card leaving plenty of spare card around it. Mark the star arm that is the top point, and use this to create a template for the larger shaker star. Draw in pencil a larger star shape 8mm bigger than the die cut aperture star. Use a craft knife and ruler to cut away the larger star making a template.
5. Die cut the star again from gold glitter card. Place back in the central swirl from the white textured star.
6. Use the large star template to cut four stars, one from white textured card, one from navy blue patterned paper, one from acetate and one from matching navy blue textured card. This star shape is handed, so mark the pieces with the same top point to keep them matching exactly.
7. Trim away the centre off the navy blue textured star to leave a 5mm star shaped frame. Fix this onto the acetate star to make the shaker top. Then fix in place the gold star with white swirl into the centre area.
8. Glue down the patterned paper star onto the textured surface of the white star, leaving the smooth side on the reverse. This is the back of the shaker star that could hold a hidden message.
9. Trim several thin strips of 3D foam tape to surround the outer edge of the patterned paper star creating the shaker compartment. Also add a double layer of 3D foam mini dots right in the centre.
10. Carefully fill the shaker compartment with gold confetti stars and a few punched stars from scrap pieces of the navy blue textured card.
11. Fix the shaker star top cover onto the prepared base to complete the removable shaker star.
12. Place some more gold and blue loose shaker stars onto the prepared card blank where the two smaller shaker stars are positioned. Fix down the prepared cover panel onto the card front, in-casing those shaker stars.
13. Die cut another decorative star from gold glitter card, and retrieve the lower white star from the front panel. Trim away the centre pattern of both stars with a craft knife to leave a star frame. Fix these onto the front panel within the star shapes on the acetate, placing the gold frame on the higher star, and the white frame in the original lower position.
14. Create a horizontal banner across the front of the card to house the Merry Christmas gold glitter sticker sentiment. Use the smoother reverse side of the textured white card. Fix this onto the card front using a double layer of 3D foam tape, leaving an area free to support the large shaker star. Place a tiny triangle of double layered foam tap behind the lower edge of the banner between the legs of the large star to prevent it from slipping down.
15. Add several gold glitter sticker stars to the design to complete the card. Add three additional stars behind the large shaker star, so that they can be seen when the shaker star is removed.
The completed card with the star decoration included.
The completed card with the star decoration removed, ready for hanging on the Christmas tree.
Create a one-of-a-kind easel card for your nearest and dearest this Christmas with a helping hand from a few papercraft essentials. This card can be recreated using any patterned papers; for this project the super-versatile Ho Ho Ho Paper Pad has been used, fussy-cutting houses to create a village scene.
Begin by trimming off 6.2cm along the length of an A4 sheet of white textured card, leaving a piece 14.8cm wide. Score and valley fold to make a square top-fold card blank with the textured surface on the inside. Repeat this with a second sheet of white textured card, but this time score a mountain fold so the textured surface in on the outside of the top-fold card.
2. Die cut a 13cm diameter circle aperture in the centre of the textured card front. Also die cut two 13cm diameter circle frames from kraft card to edge the card aperture.
3. Glue the two kraft frames together, and glue this in place around the aperture on the textured card front.
4. Trim a 14.4cm square from green snowflake patterned paper. Matt this into place on the top textured surface, inside of the smooth card blank. Trim another piece of the same patterned paper 14.4 x 9.5cm. Matt this on the bottom textured surface against the top fold, leaving a spare white strip at the bottom.
5. Use the Christmas sentiment die to die cut into a piece of spare white card. Cut again in the smooth side of a sheet of dark red textured card. Using the white die cut, fill back in the banner letters and stars with waste from the red die cut. Using the red die cut as a guide, cut two banner shaped pieces from spare white card to fix on the reverse holding the red letters and stars in place.
6. Glue the two card sections together creating an easel card.
7. Cut off about a 15 cm length of invisible thread. Trim from white paper another backing piece for the large banner of the die cut sentiment. Apply some tacky glue to the top curve of the kraft frame from 11 to 1 o’clock. Fix down the middle section of the thread into the glue and hold in place with three tiny pieces of paper. Secure the ends of the thread to the back of the large banner using tacky glue and the paper backing piece. Allow enough thread between the sentiment banner and the kraft frame to enable the die cut to hang freely within the circle aperture. Allow to dry.
8. Die cut a third kraft aperture frame, and glue in place as before.
9. Die cut three kraft snowflakes using one of the dies from the snowflake pack. Choose the one that looks most like the snowflakes in the patterned paper.
10. Punch three white stars using the palm punch traditional star cutter. Also die cut three more dark red stars from the sentiment die. Mount the red star on top of the white star, and fix onto the centre of the three kraft snowflakes.
11. Trim with scissors a row of houses from the other side of the snowflake patterned paper. This needs to be long enough to be placed inside the base of the circle aperture. Trim a second row of houses 14.4cm long, including a 2 cm base area to be folded underneath.
12. Next cut a rectangle from white card measuring 14.4 x 6cm. Cover the top surface with wreath patterned paper leaving a 1.5cm strip along the top edge. Trim a narrow strip of the same paper to cover the back section of the folded row of houses to pattern match and cover the remaining white strip on the prepared rectangular piece.
13. Tie two pieces of twine through a white wooden outline star, like you would thread a tag. Thread three red mini bells onto another piece of twine and tie this the same way to another outline star.
14. Glue the single threaded star to the back of the card at the top right hand corner. Allow the star to hang over the top fold. Cover the twine ends with an additional strip of textured white card across the back, about 2cm deep.
15. Glue the ends of the other threaded star around the back of the prepared rectangular piece. Position the star in the centre of the wider area in front of the houses, and spread out the twine to reveal the Noel words. Fix this prepared panel to the base of the card using 3D foam pads to act as a stopper for the easel front.
16. Fix the shorter row of houses inside the circle aperture with foam pads. Glue in place the three kraft snowflakes around the frame.
17. Lastly, decorate the card with foam sticker sliver stars. Place these in the top corners, over the white stars on the die cut sentiment, and one with-in the wooden outline star at the front of the card.
Paper flowers can be used for all manner of craft projects, from cards to scrapbook layouts, home decor box frames to gift tags, there are so many different paper flower variations to choose from you’ll be sure to find something suitable for every project need.
1. Use a wide paint brush to wet one side of a piece of watercolour paper, scribble some ink onto a piece of acetate using green watercolour pens then spritz with water.
2. Lay the acetate ink side down onto the wet paper pressing down firmly, rub gently all over to transfer as much ink as possible. Lift up then set aside to dry.
3. Once dry trim the water coloured panel to fit slightly smaller than an 5 x 7” white card blank. Fix several strips of thin green cardstock to the front creating some stems. Hand-write a ‘Thank You’ sentiment onto a small scrap of cardstock then trim into a tag shape before gently inking around the edges with green ink and a sponge.
4. Cut a square of vellum approximately 7 x 6cm then use a corner punch to round off each corner, repeat this step using a piece of acetate then attach the two together in the top right corner ensuring the vellum is at the top. The vellum clings to the acetate helping it stay in place on the card.
5. Lay the jar shape on top of the stems and fix the jar with double sided tape where the tag will be so that the tape will be hidden. Attach the tag in position using 3D foam pads.
Top Tip: You can also fix the jar on the opposite top corner where there will be a flower to cover any tape.
6. Arrange all the leaves and flowers fixing some flat and some with 3D foam pads for added interest, finish off by gluing a small twine bow to the top of the tag.
What a lovely surprise it would be for your nearest and dearest to be presented on their special day with breakfast in bed on a pretty tray, with a vase of paper flowers, a gift bag and a rose embellished napkin ring! If breakfast in bed doesn’t appeal, how about cooking lunch and decorating the table with posies of paper roses with matching napkin rings for everyone – and of course, the lucky recipient gets their own decorated gift bag as well!
1. Die cut several of the rose shapes (Spellbinders Blooming Rose dies) in white and pastel pink. Cut the leaves and calyx in green.
2. Ink the centers and edges of the petals before assembly. Use a ball tool or even the top of a ballpoint pen to gently shape the petals as shown in the photo. Curl the petals around a paint brush handle or wooden skewer.
To start constructing the flowers, push a brad through the hole in the center of the smallest flower, now glue the petals upwards around the brad – squeeze quite tightly, the more closed this center is, the more realistic the rose will look. Now add some glue around the hole on the second flower and thread onto the brad. Shape and curl as you go. Continue to add layers until you get the fullness you want. You can see in the photo that I made some buds, using just three layers, and adding a calyx.
3. Wrap floral tape around a wooden skewer, use a glue gun to attach leaves to the stem.
4. Use a hot glue gun to add your flowers to the stems, before arranging in a small glass jar.
5. Use the negative shapes left from your die cutting to stencil a background onto a plain white gift bag.
6. Arrange and glue leaves, stem and flowers onto the gift bag.
7. Hand-cut a small tag shape, write Mum on the tag and tie to the bag with white raffia.
8. Make a pencil line 5cms from one end of the cardboard tube, and cut with a craft knife along the marked line. Paint with acrylic paint, allow to dry then attach some leaves and a small rose.
9. Then all that’s left to do is arrange all of the components onto a tray and start preparing the food!
If you’re looking to create a card for a momentous occasion, you can’t go far wrong with this amazing exploding box card design. Not only does this showstopper fold up to create a three dimensional present it also has space inside to house an extra-special gift!
Start by scoring a 12 x 12” sheet of coloured cardstock, score at 4″ and 8″ turn once then score at 4″ and 8″ again to form a grid.
2. Trim off the four corner squares leaving a cross shape.
3. Turn the prepared base over and attach a strip of plain paper starting at the centre square and finishing at the outer edges of each flap. When folded up this will form the outer ribbon.
4. Attach a trimmed patterned paper panel to each flap ensuring to leave a thin border around the edges.
5. Decorate each panel using a variety of toppers, stars and wooden embellishments. Create cardstock pockets, tags and pull out panels for added interest.
6. Repeat steps one and three to create a second layer, only this time start with a 10.5 x 10.5″ panel of cardstock and score at 3.5″ and 7″.
7. Decorate the second layer with more die cuts and embellishments then fix to the bottom layer using double sided tape.
8. Create a lid by cutting a 6 5/8 x 6 5/8″ panel of patterned paper, score at 1 ¼” along all four sides, then snip once into each corner.
9. Fold along the scored lines gluing the flaps to create the lid.
10. Attach two strips of plain paper to the outside of the lid to match the outside of the box base. Create a matching paper bow for the top of the box.
11. To create the birthday cake. Die-cut or fussy-cut three circle shapes each slightly smaller than the other, trim three strips of cardstock approximately 1”that will fit around each one.
12. Score ¼” along the length of each strip then snip into the smallest side all the way along creating a fringe. Bend up the fringe and glue this part to the reverse side of each circle ensuring to keep the cardstock strip to the very edge of the circle.
13. When all three cake tiers are done glue each tier together creating the cake.
14. Die cut another circle shape slightly larger than the bottom cake tier, trim a thin strip of cardstock and glue the very edge to the circle ensuring this fits inside the bottom tier. This will form the cake base and allow the cake to house a small gift.
15. Attach the cake base and cake to the inside of the finished box to finish.