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a heidi swapp christmas

a heidi swapp christmas

have you starting thinking about holiday cards? do you make them early? or are you the last minute type? do you have a long list, or a short list? ok, be honest… do you have some that you send the crappy store bought cards to, and others that you send the intricate homemade cards? do you write that elaborate letter that catches everyone up on the major accomplishments of the year, and make everyone sign it in a different colored pen? do you make 75 homemade cards before your husband points out that you have a spelling error? do you let the kids help? i like to create an assembly line, and invite (torture) everyone to help! WELL… the time is coming.

are you making your (christmas card) list?

deciding on the envelope size?

picking up stamps at Costco?

and MOST importantly… planning the photo shoot?

Here’s Jen with the first round of Holiday Card inspiration… Color Magic meets City Sidewalks… it’s fabulous!


I love receiving cards during the holidays. When I was growing up, my mum hung our cards on a string across the living room and we would place new cards on the line as they came in the mail. Did your family do the same? With people replacing the traditional Christmas card with an e-card, handmade cards sound better and better. I don’t want to loose that special feeling that I get when a new card arrives in the mail from a beloved family member or friend.

Color Magic Paper makes it easy to coordinate with any Christmas paper that tickles your fancy. Just pick your medium to color your paper with and you are ready! Here is how I created this gate fold card…

Supplies needed:

Color Magic Paper

Color Magic Note

Mini Instaframes

Black and White Buzz Words

Definition Stickers

Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks Paper, Ephemera, Glittered Chipboard Snowflakes

Seam Binding (or other white ribbon)

Stickles (Star Dust)

Fired Brick Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad

Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Marker

Windex and Paper Towels

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Zap Dots Foam Adhesive

1. Treat your Color Magic paper by using Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink Pad and a blending tool. Trim your 12×12 sheet of Color Magic and City Sidewalks paper at 7 inches. Glue wrong sides together.

*Note: If you would like to know how to apply Distress Ink to Color Magic Paper, you want to check out this UStream video Heidi did showing you how!

2. Lay your paper on your scoring board with the City Sidewalks up. Score at 3″ and again at 8″. Fold to create the creases and flip over your card so you can see the front.

3. To make your tag, quickly color the tag with a Black Soot Distress Marker. Wipe clean with a paper towel. Spray Windex on the paper towel (not on the tag) and wipe the tag clean. Try not to saturate the area with Windex because the marker will start to bleed on the white areas of the tag. Glue City Sidewalks Ephemera on the tag and use foam adhesive to make your “25” pop off the tag.

4. Turn the tag over and place strong adhesive (I used Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry) across the top of the tag right where the straight edge starts. This is all the adhesive you will need to hold your card closed. Glue it to the center left of the card making sure not to touch the adhesive to the other flap.

5. When your tag’s adhesive is dry, tie your ribbon through the provided hole. Place a Definition Sticker and more City Sidewalks Ephemera to the bottom right corner. Add City Sidewalks Glittered Chipboard Snowflakes and rhinestones to the centers if you like.

6. Now, open the card and place another Definition Sticker on the bottom center making sure not to place anything on the crease or fold of the card.

7. Place a photo or more patterned paper inside a Mini Instaframe and and glue it down. Place some Black and White Buzz Words on the Instaframe overlapping them if you like.

8. Close your card and use Stickles (my favorite for Color Magic is Star Dust) to go along the script of the card. Also follow the lines on the tag with the Stickles to add even more glitter. Let dry completely.


i am a FIRM believer in the IMPORTANCE of sending handmade cards!  let’s keep the love alive! xoxoxo thanks for the inspiration Jen! 


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