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2009 New Year Handmade Greeting cards : templates and tutorial !

Has the rush for Christmas presents – handmade or else- and New Year celebration plans already begun in your house ?!

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To keep up with the preparations for the upcoming New Year celebration, here are a few templates that I made for some handmade greeting cards (cards like these !). There are six templates :

– 2 square-shaped cards,

– 2 rectangle-shaped cards, those four with square windows, then

– 1 rectangle-shaped card with rectangular vertical windows, and at last

– 1 square-shaped card with round windows of different sizes.

Here they are : 2009 handmade New Year greeting cards templates

To use these templates, simply print the one you want to make a card out of, then cut out the windows and the outline of the card with a cutter (Xacto type) knife. Place this template on the paper you want to use for your card and draw the windows lines with a pencil. Cut those out carefully (if your paper is thick, don’t try to cut it in one go : applying too much strength on the blade of your cutter knife makes it difficult to cut straight and you may injure yourself. So keep it safe and pretty, cut once, then again if needed.)

The templates are only for the face of the card, so if you want a card that folds, don’t forget to include the fold before you cut the contour of your card !

If you want to give these cards a go, you can find a very simple tutorial I made for them a little while ago here, towards the end of the post.

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I’m on my way to make some more !

Feel free to use the templates and make your own cards, so many variations are possible ! If you feel inspired to give these a try, let me know, I’ll be happy to see your take on them !

Have a beautiful day everyone !

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2009 New Year Handmade Greeting cards

The end of the year is coming close, and my thoughts are already on sending sweet greetings for the New Year ! I just love sending cards to the people I care about, especially handmade cards. I like to think they will bring more to the recipient than the mass-produced ones… and I love making them !

So, this year, I wanted to use Japanese traditional patterned paper, Chiyogami (or Yuzen, or Yuzen chiyogami). After a bit of thinking, I ended up with a simple “window-like” design, each window showcasing a different type of paper. I talked about that and made a simple tutorial here a couple of weeks ago.

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For the first batch, I chose a light eggshell paper for the cards and played a bit with the shape of the card and the shape of the windows. You can see some of the resulting cards in the pictures of this post. Because the sizes of my cards are not standard, I made the matching envelopes too. For those, I chose a violet paper, in which I cut out a few windows to showcase some more Chiyogami paper.

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I might add a bit of glitter here and there to make them just a bit more festive, but I’ll leave them in their simple state for a while, just to be sure.

I am not sure yet what color(s) the next batch will be, but if you have any suggestion, I’m all ears (…well, eyes, really 🙂 ) !

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Note : just in case some of you might be interested, I will post the templates for these cards a few days from now.


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