This Christmas House Easel card is so cute! It takes a lot of gluing but is worth it. You can make this adorable house for everyone on your list. This card has lots of layers on the front so get your gluing face ready!
It is very similar to my Halloween Haunted House Easel card. This card fits in an A7 envelope but you can also make your own coordinating envelope using this tutorial.
What you need:
Paper Selection For the Christmas House Easel Card
I chose to use solid cardstock with Christmas colors (duh). The base needs to be double sided and fairly heavy (110 lb. wt. at least) but the rest does not. You could use patterned or glitter paper like I did with the snow and for any of the embellishments. Just make sure that the writing and drawing shows up on the paper. Glitter paper does not take the pen easily so avoid using that for the base card. Choose anything you would like.
Have problems finding coordinating colors for your projects? Check out “Coloring Your Designs” in the resource library. It gives a simple lesson in color theory. But if you stick to Christmas colors that is easy.
Cutting the Christmas House Easel Card
The cricut will do the writing on the card. I used a red pen since the base card is green. The font I used was Curlz MT and it is available at the FreeFontDownload site. I use this font alot because of the whimsical look of it.
If you are using the SVG file make sure you follow the direction in the instruction document in the zip file so that the card cuts properly.
There are a lot of little pieces in this project. I mean a lot! Be careful not to lose them while cutting the rest of the project! And there are some very fine cuts so be careful removing them from the mat. I suggest cutting most of them twice by pressing the C (or the triangle on the Maker 3) before unloading the mat.
Assembling the Christmas House Easel Card
First, re-crease the fold lines to make sure they work properly. Then start gluing all the embellishments on the house. Look at the picture to see where everything goes. This will take a while. I suggest cutting the green house and the base card first then cutting the red. Next cut the white. And then attach the embellishments as you go. It helps you to not lose things. Some things you will still need to hold on to until later, but not as much.
The cuts on the sides of the house will help you get the red pieces in the right place. Note that the bottom red piece is not flush with the bottom of the house. (I made that mistake.) If you are using the Design Space file there are cut lines to help with the placement but they are not in the SVG file.
Next glue the bottom part of the Christmas house cover part to the matching part of the top section of the base card. This is your easel. Do not glue it past the fold line or your card wont work right. Finally, stick the assembled candy piece on with foam tape so that it sits a little higher than the base of the card. It goes just above the writing. This is your catch for the easel.
Lastly, try the card a few times to make sure everything works properly.
Your Christmas House Easel Card is now done. Enjoy! The card folds flat to ship and fits in an A7 envelope.
Wreath Fun Facts
- A Christmas wreath is an ornamental object that is used during the Christmas season, and its use today originates from a Christian-based custom.
- Christmas wreaths are typically shaped as a ring, made with living, dried or imitation vegetation, including twigs, flowers and leaves, as well as ribbons and other Christmas-related objects.
- ‘Christmas wreaths’ are also known as ‘Christmas crowns’, ‘advent crowns’ or ‘advent wreaths’.
- The tradition of Christmas wreaths is said to have begun in Germany in the 1500s, by Lutherans, and the idea possibly stems from the use of wreaths in Ancient Greek and Roman times, that were used to crown those with significant achievements or community rank, or placed on their door.
- Traditionally, Christmas wreaths contained four candles; three purple and a pink, with one lit each week in December, often on a Sunday; and a fifth white candle was sometimes also included.