Hey everyone, Here is another Christmas card idea using a range of different media but with the common theme of the Music score as the background. One of my friends gave me an old music book that she had picked up in a second hand store – and not because I am very musical but because she knew I liked using old music in my craft projects! Thanks Tanya!
It’s only a thin book and I knew I would run out of this awesome paper real quick. So I thought rather than use the actual sheets of music (which are way to precious!) I decided to photocopying them and use the photocopies – they almost look the same!!. It may not be quite as authentic but it means I could make a heap more cards!!
Here is what I used to decorate the cards. You can buy lots of great Christmas craft supplies at those cheap variety stores, like Variety 1, Choice, Bargains Plus etc. That is where I purchased most of this
A definite embellishment that always works on cards is buttons. I think I bought these at Spotlight. You can buy them in packets of red/green especially for Christmas themed projects
Anything glittery is always a winner, especially at Christmas time. You can purchase rhinestones of all shaped, colours and sizes from craft stores, K-Mart and cheap discount stores.
Gift tags are also handy for card projects. Again you can purchase these in all sorts of shapes and sizes from a range of sources – I’d go try the cheap, discount stores first!
And just to add that finishing touch a bit of twine, string or raffia always does the trick. Purchased at the usual places!
Now how do you make them?
I like the raw, ripped edge for the music background to give the cards that raw/rustic look. You can just cut yours with a scissors if you’d rather. To keep the pieces even sizes use a ruler to help you with the measuring and ripping. The measurements given are for a standard size card (I bought mine from K-Mart). You may need to adjust if your cards are a different size.
First rip a thin strip from one side of the photocopied sheet
Measure in from ripped edge at top an bottom of sheet – 9 and 1/2 cm and mark with a pencil
Using ruler rip the page in half lining up ruler with pencil marks
Measure 9 and 1/2cm from middle on top and bottom and mark with a pencil
Using ruler, line up pencil marks and gently rip along edge
Now you have 2 pieces with ripped long edges
Using ruler rip a small strip off the top edge of both pieces
Measure from top ripped edge about 13 and 1/2cm and mark and rip using ruler as a guide
Do the same for the second piece. Measure 13 and 1/2cm from ripped edge and rip off strip from bottom edge
Repeat for other half so that you have 4 pieces all the same size
Glue these onto the front of your cards
Spray cards with gold and/or silver paint. You can make your own spray paint by mixing some paint with a little water and using small pump bottle to spray the paint. I used paint already in pump bottles which you can buy from K-Mart. The music paper will bubble up a bit because of the moisture but this should flatten as it dries. If it doesn’t flatten out altogether don’t worry too much as this just adds to the rustic/raw look.
I use a small pedestal fan to quicken the drying process.
Now it’s time for the embellishing. I just used my glue gun to attach the tags, motifs, wooden shapes, rhinestones, buttons etc. You can use double sided to if you want. Here are some sample cards to inspire you.