Just like with your holiday dinner, today we’re doing Christmas card crafting from leftovers.  Leftover stamped items, that is.

OK, fess up.  Are you a hoarder?  Do you keep each and every scrap of paper that’s ever been kissed by a stamp?  If you punched a leaf that jus wasn’t the spot-on colour you wanted, did it get tossed into your pile of “goodies I’ll use later” box?

Well guess what?  It’s later!

Remember this fun teacher gift item from oh, two years ago? 

Time to Try Christmas Card Crafting from Leftovers Like a Piece of this Painted Harvest Frame

Well, I was browsing through my scraps and found the cut out from the frame.  (I gave you a free pdf tutorial in that blog post so you can make one yourself too).  And thought…there’s a quick card waiting to happen.

And this is what happened!

YES! I Love Christmas Card Crafting From Leftovers like this Painted Harvest Background Panel

Remember this stamp set?  Painted Harvest? Have you used it recently?  Me either!

Now you may not have an exact replica of card making leftovers like this, but the good news is you can easily re-create it with my simple steps.

Here’s what you need.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Garden Green – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 2 3/4” and 6 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 1 piece 3 3/4” x 5”, 1 piece 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ (stamped leftover piece)
  • Real Red – 1 1/2” x 3 3/4”

Let’s Make It!

So if you already have a stamped panel hanging around like me, your crafting time is cut down even more.  But if not, two-step stamping makes this a quick and easy project.

STEP-By-STEP Christmas Card Crafting From Leftovers

1.Create wreaths and leaves background with Real Red, Merry Merlot and Garden Green stamp pads onto larger piece of Whisper White. TIP: See this post where I give you tricks for creating with this pretty two-step stamp set. TIP: Almost fill the space with stamps but leave a little bit of white space showing through.

2.Cut off one end to create a strip 1/2” x 5” and glue to the bottom of the second Whisper White panel.  Adhere to the inside of the card.

Christmas Card Crafting From Leftovers

3. Align card vertically so the flaps open to the top and bottom.  Glue stamped background to top fold only.  TIP: Add adhesive to the flap, not the panel so you do not have glue on back of the panel.

4. Glue strip of Real Red Across top middle of card.

5. Stamp greeting in Garden Green ink and punch with the Timeless Label punch.  Adhere with dimensionals to middle of strip.Colour gem with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin Blend for a more intense and sparkly yellow gold.  (I did the same thing to the rhinestones here.)

Get Ready for Christmas Card Crafting from Leftovers!

Browse through the (mountains of) stamped images you have in your “gonna-use-it-later” box.  Is there one that will undo the trick so you can whip this card up in about 5 minutes?

If not, here are all the supplies I used and you can make it from scratch.

Christmas Card Crafting from Leftovers

Thanks a Bunch

I know your time is already getting short for creating right? (Asks someone whose own Christmas cards are still in her head 😚). That’s when this type of card is ideal! 

Quick & Easy Christmas Card Crafting From Leftovers with the Painted Harvest stamps

And isn’t it great when you can use up “stuff”?  Good stuff?  Well, is there any other kind of paper crafting stuff besides “good”?

I hope this idea inspired you to think about those scraps you have “aging” in that box.  Wander through them and see if you can’t do some Christmas card crafting from leftovers too!

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