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Christmas in July- fast and easy card with Lace Up Celebration Bulbs

Dawn (the little mennonite) here with a Christmas card.  I know its early but it always helps to make Christmas cards throughout the year so that they are already done by December.  I used the celebration bulbs lace ups from eyeConnect Crafts to make this easy card.

Ten of these bulbs come in the lace up celebration bulbs package.  This project only uses four, so you can make many projects from one bulb package.

Directions:

Take each bulb and colour it directly with distress ink.  I used candied apple for the red and pine needles for the green.  Since, distress ink stays wet (only for a very short time), I quickly added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  This creates a “shiny Christmas bulb look.”  Make two red and two green.

Tip: Only do one bulb at a time.

Paint the top of each bulb with bronze craft paint.  Let dry.  Add all four lace up celebration bulbs to a string of Lawn Fawn gold cord.

Cut out a piece of 4 3/4 x 5 patterned Christmas paper for the background (I used Lawn Fawn paper) and adhere to a white A2 card front with foam squares for added interest and dimension.  Choose a cherry Christmas sentiment and adhere to the bottom right corner with adhesive.  I choose to ink mine with Versafine ink onto vellum, pour over clear embossing powder and heat set; however, if this is not method is not available to you, you could print out a sentiment on a computer or write one directly on the patterned paper with a black pen.

Take all four bulbs, still connected on the cord, and decide how you want to arrange them on the card front.  Adhere two foam squares to the backs of all four lace up celebration bulbs.  Adhere bulbs to card front.  Twist the cord as desired for maximum interest.  Adhere each cord end to the card with wet adhesive like glossy accents.  Give to someone you love.

Supplies:

eyeConnect Crafts lace up celebration bulbs

bronze paint

paint brush

gold Lawn Fawn cord

patterened Christmas paper

white A2 card

sentiment

vellum

clear embossing powder

black Versafine ink

heat gun

scissors

foam squares

glossy accents

pine needles distress ink

candied apple distress ink

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Vintage Christmas Lace Up Ornaments

DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas tags

How to Make a Vintage Christmas Lace Up Ornaments

By Kim Rippere

DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas tags
DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas tags

Christmas Craft Project Directions:

Step 1.

Tag: Eye Connect Crafts – Small Arched Tag.  Sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Red Barn and Suede.

EyeConnect Crafts Lace-Up tags sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
EyeConnect Crafts Lace-Up tags sprayed with Glimmer Mist.

Step 2.

Images:  Canvas Corp Brands – Better Not Pout (any vintage image that you like will do!). I scanned this, resized them, and printed on thin copy paper.  I then  used water around each side so that I could pull off the paper and it would have a ragged edge. Each edge was then distress with Distress Ink – Walnut Stain.

Distressing the Vintage Christmas expressions with water and Distress ink.
Distressing the Vintage Christmas expressions with water and Distress ink.

Step 3: How to Make Paper Beads

Paper Beads:  These were created with Canvas Corp Brands Peanuts and Pretzel  paper.

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Making Paper Beads Step 1.

I cut them 1 inch on the long side, tapered into a point.

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Making Paper Beads Step 2.

I brushed on Glimmer Mist – Red Barn, and then sprayed on Glimmer Mist Suede.

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Making Paper Beads Step 3.

Then I wrapped them around a paintbrush handle, and glued them with Mod Podge.  Allow to dry, make sure that the tail end stays adhered.

How to make paper beads.
How to make paper beads.

 

Making the Braided Jute Cord:

I did this several ways.  I will describe the  best way!  Cut 3 lengths of 40 inches, yes that long!  Tape them together at one end and again at 5 inches in.  Braid all but about 5 inches.  Tape where you ended braiding and at the end.  Weave the braid through the holes, creating a loop at the top, and making sure the tails that aren’t woven through are somewhat even.  Tie a square knot at the base of the tag, tight to the tag.

How to lacie-up the Lace-Up tags with jute twine.
How to lacie-up the Lace-Up tags with jute twine.

 

The Finished Vintage Craft Christmas Tags!

DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas Tag: Holly Jolly Christmas
DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas Tag: Holly Jolly Christmas

 

DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas Tag: Not a Creature was Stirring
DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas Tag: Not a Creature was Stirring

 

DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas tags
DIY Craft project, Vintage Christmas Tag: Special Delivery from the North Pole.