Silhouette Cut-Out Snowflake Cards

In the words of Adele, ‘Hello!’ – I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I am finally home after doing the family rounds, and thinking about all of the heartfelt ‘Thanks’ that I need to send.

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I’ve always done ‘Thank You’ cards for as long as I can remember, and where possible, I prefer to make them by hand. I actually started these cards last year, but finished them off this year.

Last Christmas my lovely other half got me a Silhouette Portrait machine – a bit like a Cricut – that cuts out shapes or letters to your design. As this was my first foray into using the cutter, I kept it simple, opting to use the free snowflake template that came with the Silhouette library, like so.

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I added lines around it so that the cutter would make three cards per sheet of A4, and experimented with using a dashed cut for the fold. As it’s Christmas, I tried cutting on two different card stocks – a shiny silver metallic card, and also thick white card, like a proper snowflake!

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Once the machine has finished cutting the pattern, you have to carefully peel the card off of the sticky mat, and pick out the diamonds using your nails or a sharp implement. If you don’t have a cutter, you can also create this card using a sharp scalpel – it might take a little longer, but it’s do-able!

To make the pattern stand out I stuck a blue coloured square to the inside of the silver cards. On the white cards, I stuck coloured card on both sides, and added a white wool bow in the middle.

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The best thing about these festive cards is that in daylight (or even lamp-light) they cast really nice shadows and reflections in the room, like sun-catchers, so they really catch your eye!

Are you making ‘Thank You’ cards this year? Thanks also to you guys for following the blog this year – I hope you have a very Happy New Year and 2016! I’m off to party prep for NYE now…!

Dried Orange Slice ‘Thank You’ Card

Call me old fashioned, but I like to make traditional ‘Thank You’ cards. This Christmas (back in Jan I promise), I decided to recycle the drawer full of dried orange segments I had leftover, by making pendant-style dried orange slice Thank You cards.

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Not only do they look great, but they also (providing your orange was fresh) smell fantastic, and help bring Christmas into the New Year seamlessly on your dresser. You can also recreate these cards at any time of the year!

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To make the cards, I threaded a length of twine through individual dried orange segments. I then folded A5 plain card in half, as you would to make a traditional card. From here, all you need to do is cut two slots into the front of the card with a craft knife for your thread to go through, and tie your charm on accordingly on the inside – voila!

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If you use the orange charms as Christmas decorations in your home, all you need to do post-Christmas is take down your decorations, and instead of storing them in the loft, tie them straight onto your prepped Thank You cards!