A Christmas Card or Two - Donna Lewis

Hello crafty friends. I’ve made so many cards for this post that I don’t even know where to start to show them to you. Here’s the pile!
I’ve been inspired by paper crafters such as Kristy Marcotte that take a paper pad and use up every scrap of it, and when I received the Christmas Joy paper from Paper Rose Studio, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
I used some card sketches, and made up some of my own, depending on what paper sizes I had left after I’d cut them.
I used card sketches for some of the designs, although I altered most of them to suit my needs and remaining paper. Each of the cards uses three main elements.
  • layers of plain cardstock behind the papers to give them a border and make them pop. The layer behind is always cut to 3mm or 1/8 inch larger than the patterned paper.
  • a mix of direct sticking with either glue or double sided tape ( whichever was closest to my right hand at the time) and foam tape for dimension.
  • cutouts from two of the designs in the paper pack (4 sheets in all) to give soft edges to all the straight lines.
Some of the cut out elements were so stunning that no other business was required. It was simply a matter of adding a sentiment. The Christmas Joy paper pack has quite a few sentiments included, in matching colours, like the one in the photo above. Some of the sentiments came from another paper pack called Crisp Christmas, which has lots of black and white sentiments, with a splash of yellow gold and red.
I even decided to use the front cover of the paper pack! This page has tiny scaled down versions of the papers that made sweet little panels for two cards. You can see one of the resulting cards below.
My favourite papers from the pack were ( I use past tense because the paper is all gone!) the woodgrain and the leaf and berry papers. I love how these look together. Many of the cards were made in multiples, like the two below with my favourite papers.
If you’re keen to try this out too, there will be a video on the Paper Rose YouTube Channel, which I will link here as soon as it goes live.
At the end of the process, I had just a few leftovers, as you can see. I’m sure I could make a card out of them if I put my mind to it, but after 35 cards, I was too busy feeling proud of myself to press on any further!
Until next time, may your days be lovely, and your adhesive never run out! If you enjoyed these cards and would like to see more, feel free to visit my Instagram feed.


  • Sue Dixon

    I really love this paper pack and the cards you have made! I did have a query about the size of the base cards and tried to send a message through Paper Rose (but sadly didn’t receive a reply) – it would have been helpful to have some more detailed dimensions in the video. I usually make most of my cards in C6 size which mostly worked (with a bit of tweaking) but one or two obviously need a larger base to fit all the elements. Anyway, I really appreciate you sharing your work with us, thank you. I belong to a card making group with U3A and will be showing my friends these cards as well.

  • Joy

    Thank you Donna for The YouTube video, Have made 8 cards so far, but I have a question please, where do I find the Sketches you refer to, as I would like to print them out. Have looked on Pinterest any other suggestions greatly appreciated.

  • Helen

    You excelled and did a great job. They are fabulous.

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