This Christmas Spiral Card adds some dimension to the standard card. The spiral hides inside the card and whoosh, pops out when you open up the card. It adds an interesting dimension!
This card fits into an A7 envelope for mailing. Or you can make your own matching custom envelope using the envelope tutorial found here.
You will need:
Paper Selection for the Christmas Spiral Card
The base card and the spiral on this Christmas Spiral Card need to be heavier paper (110 lb. wt.). I altered the design so that nothing needs to be two sided. The tree really should be done in shades of green. And the snowflakes need to be white. But they don’t have to be. Everything else is flexible. Use whatever paper you want! I made the ornaments on the inside from foiled cardstock for the extra bling.
Cutting the Christmas Spiral Card
Cut the card base and the Cricut will do the writing. I used a black marker. Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut? You can see the trick here. I used one of my own fonts, CMV Zig Zag in this project. It fills in nicely and has some dimension. I have several fonts that I created just for Cricut. You can find out more about them here.
If the paper you use for the spiral is two sided, you can hide the extra spiral and don’t need it. If it isn’t two sided paper, you can glue the two spirals back to back. I made a version of the card where I didn’t use two sided paper. And the white side looked funny.
Also be sure to save the inside loops from the Christmas tree on the front. It looks ok without them but it looks better if you glue them in.
Assembling the Christmas Spiral Card
This card isn’t hard but attaching the spiral can be a little tricky. First. re-crease the fold on the base card. Then the ornaments must be attached to the inside of the card before the spiral is attached.
If the spiral is one sided paper, next glue the white sides together. To attach the swirl, first lay it so that it fits inside the card completely when flat. Then glue it at one of the tips and the tip only, on the inside of the card. Put glue on the other end of the swirl so that when you close the card it sticks to the other side. Again only glue at the tip. Next close the card and press down. Then open the card. If everything worked, the spiral should stretch out across the card.
Assemble and attach the tree on the front overlay. Don’t forget the loops inside the word Christmas, if you saved them. I forgot and threw them away, but it looks ok if you forgot to save them. Next attach the snowflakes and the little trees to the swirl randomly. Lastly, attach the front overlay to the base card.
And your Christmas Spiral Card is done! See that wasn’t too hard. It fits into an A7 envelope for mailing.
The Legend of the Christmas Tree
Two little children were sitting by the fire one cold winter’s night. All at once they heard a timid knock at the door, and one ran to open it.
There, outside in the cold and the darkness, stood a child with no shoes upon his feet and clad in thin, ragged garments. He was shivering with cold, and he asked to come in and warm himself.
“Yes, come,” cried both the children; “you shall have our place by the fire. Come in!”
They drew the little stranger to their warm seat and shared their supper with him, and gave him their bed, while they slept on a hard bench.
In the night they were awakened by strains of sweet music and, looking out, they saw a band of children in shining garments approaching the house. They were playing on golden harps, and the air was full of melody.
Suddenly the Stranger Child stood before them; no longer cold and ragged, but clad in silvery light.
His soft voice said: “I was cold and you took Me in. I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was tired, and you gave Me your bed. I am the Christ Child, wandering through the world to bring peace and happiness to all good children. As you have given to Me, so may this tree every year give rich fruit to you.
“So saying, He broke a branch from the fir tree that grew near the door, and He planted it in the ground and disappeared. But the branch grew into a great tree, and every year it bore wonderful golden fruit for the kind children.
-From The Legend of the Christmas Tree