New Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador Free Tutorial: Fast & Easy Holiday Cards!

Hello Happy Crafters!

I’ve got my Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador craft apron on today, offering up my next free video tutorial! This time around we are making 12 “Fast & Fun Holiday Cards” using G45’s beautiful new Joy to the World collection.

G45 BLOG LINK: You can find my full post including the video tutorial over at G45’s blog HERE 

What I’ve included in this blog post that is NOT in the G45 post are individual photos of all 12 cards and envelopes, so you have that extra bit of info when making your own!  (See below!)

More about this project…

I created twelve cards using four basic supplies: bulk pack of card & envelopes (that I picked up at Michaels), Graphic 45’s Joy to the World 12×12 Patterns & Solids collection pad, one pack of Joy to the World Ephemera Cards, and one set of the Joy to the World chipboard pieces.

Add a second set of chipboard pieces to the supply list above, and you’ve got enough paper and ephemera cards left to get 24 cards done! Need more? Double the supply stash and bingo, 48 cards. (More? Grab one more set and you’ve got 96. I know!)

I created three A2 cards and three A7 cards, then created a duplicate set of the same six cards, substituting in the remaining cards and chipboard. I’ll show you how to plan ahead in the video!

YOUTUBE LINK: the free tutorial is also on my YouTube channel. Here’s a link so you can keep it handy: https://youtu.be/gWWMVR9KGzI

CUTTING GUIDE: 

(6) A2 Cards: 8” x 5 ½” (Score at 4”, fold in half) 

(6) A7 Cards: 10” x 6 ½” (Score at 5”, fold in half) 

From 12×12 Patterns & Solids: 

NOTE: Cut Base & Layered mats first. Cut Interior mats from remainders. See video for patterns/solids used on each card. 

(6) A2 Base mats: 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” (check card orientation before cutting) 

(6) A2 Layered mats: 3 ½” x 5” (check orientation) 

(6) A7 Base mats: 4 ¾” x 6 ¼” (check card orientation before cutting) 

(6) A7 Layered mats: 4 ½” x 6” 

(3) A2 Interior mats: 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” 

(3) A2 Interior mats: 3 ½” x 5” 

*(4) A7 Interior mats: 4 ¾” x 6 ¼” 

*(1) 7 Interior mats: 4 ½” x 6” 

(*If cutting from one set of the eight 12×12 Patterns & Solids sheets, one A7 card will not have an interior mat.) 

SUPPLIES: 

Graphic 45 Supply List: 

1 package Joy to the World 12×12 Patterns & Solids

1 package Joy to the World Ephemera Cards 

1 package Joy to the World Chipboard (for 24 cards, you will need 2 packages) 

Miscellaneous Supply List: (Items below purchased from Michaels)

(6) A2 Cards & Envelopes 

(6) A7 Cards & Envelopes 

1 package small gold brads 

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink 

12 HOLIDAY CARDS: INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS

These are shown in pairs, numbered in the order they are shown in the video. In the tutorial, the first 6 cards have been assembled. Then we do the second set of six together. The second set is done in the same patterning/style as the first set, hence the pairs below. I’ve also listed below the photos what color mat was used inside, to help with cutting.

CARD #1 & #7 

Card 1: Interior mat is solid gold.

Ephemera Cards: Cut one 3×4 card to 3” x 3 ¼” as shown. 

Card 7: Interior mat is solid green.

CARD #2 & #8

Card 2: Interior mat is solid blue.

Card 8: Interior mat is solid green.

CARD #3 & #9 

Card 3: Interior mat is green. The strips are 5 1/4″ x 1″ and 5 1/4″ x 3/4″.

Ephemera Cards: Cut the 4×6 card to 4” x 3 ¼”.

Card 9: the interior mat is gold. The strip is 5 1/4″ x 3/8″.

Ephemera Cards: Cut the 4×6 card to 4” x 3 ¼”.

CARD #4 & #10

Card 4: Interior mat is red. Strip is 5 1/2″ x 3/8″.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 6×4 card to 5 ½” x 4”.

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Card 10: No interior mat for this card. The strip is 5 1/2″x 3/4″. (Mine is in two pieces, with the seam behind the chipboard. Combined they need to be the length listed above.)

Ephemera Cards: Trim 6×4 card to 5 ½” x 4”.

CARD #5 & #11

Card 5: The interior mat is red.

Card 11: The interior mat is blue.

CARD #6 & 12

Card 6: The interior mat is blue.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 4×6 card to 4” x 5 ¾”.

Card 12: The interior mat is red.

Ephemera Cards: Trim 4×6 card to 4” x 5 ¾”.

This tutorial will also come in handy for any type of cards. It’s not limited to holiday cards. You can recreate these same patterns and designs using any of Graphic 45’s fabulous collections.

Simply grab the same set of supplies — a pad of 12×12 Patterns & Solids, a pack of Ephemera Cards, and a set (or 2) of the Chipboard Elements –, which are available for all of their regular collections, and simply substitute them in place of the Joy to the World elements.

I show you how to pair up the cards and chipboard in advance so you’re all set to go. Simply cut out the base mats and layered matss and assemble!

If you have any questions, please email me at donna@minibooksrme.com and I’m always happy to help!

Until next time, happy crafting!