Christmas Past Santa Card

rrr nov 15 05Christmas Past Santa Card with Burlap String “Wreath”

Hello, Friends!  I’m up today on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where I ‘m sharing this sweet Christmas Past Santa card.  I’ve been having fun incorporating natural fibers into my Christmas creations this year.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 01The wonderful textures and soft colors of trims I’ve used here really add to the vintage vibe of this 5″ x 7″ side fold card made with Graphic 45’s Christmas Past papers. These circles made from bits of string are so popular right now, and I’ve made mine with Ivory Burlap String, using it to frame my focal image. I used Wired Faux Burlap Ribbon to build the foundation of this card, then added some fussy cut elements from the paper collection to create depth and dimension.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 02By now, you all know how much I love to make these shabby bows with Ivory Seam Binding.  this one was spritzed with some gold mist and then the tails were frayed to add to the vintage vibe.  I topped it with a holly berry button.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 03To make the string “wreath” I just wrapped some12″ strands of the burlap string around the four fingers of my left hand and then I wound 2 of the loose ends around the outside edge of the wreath tying a knot at the top.  The “tail” was lightly frayed with my crafting pick.  I watered down some white glue, ran it over the tail with my fingertips, then wrapped them around the end of a small paintbrush and let them dry.  I carefully slid them off and the pretty curlicue in the photo was set in place.

rrr nov 15 05I topped my wreath with a couple of jingle bells and looped the ends of the thread to make it pretty. Once you get the hang of making these little string wreaths, it’s kind of addictive.  Yeah, you’ll be seeing more of them in future projects!

I hope you ‘ll give this technique a try.  It’s a quick, easy and cheap way to add texture, design and style to a simple card.

Thanks for stopping by!




11 thoughts on “Christmas Past Santa Card

  1. Pamellia

    Hi Kathy! Thought I would pop in and see how my talented friend is doing, I can’t believe how much I missed! Wow, you have been a busy lady! I love the chalkboard tutorial, I will be coming back to have a closer look at that one! This card I just had to comment on, it’s one of my favourites! I just love how you always include little tiny details in the smallest corners. Like the little teeny weeny glittery pine trees, the gorgeous stitching around the edges and the touch of burlap peeking out from under your bow! These are the little things that make your work larger than life!

    Wish I had more time to spend with you, but Christmas is almost here for me, it’s in just 6 days and I have much to do before my Mom arrives! (long story, but I celebrate Christmas twice every year) Anyway, hope you are well, big bear hugs 🙂

  2. candycolwell

    Kathy…this is so sweet. I love anything that has to do with Santa. 🙂 Your vintage card is darling. That little twine wreath around Santa’s head is cute. I also love your layering of so many elements on the front of your card. You do such beautiful work. <3 Candy

  3. Amber Milone

    This is wonderful Kathy! I am definitely going to have to try this out. I think it would make a perfect addition to come mixed media I am working on!

  4. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, clever idea with twine for a wreath. The vintage Santa’s seem to be so jolly. I love the Coke A COLA , vintage Santa. He was so plump, so jolly, so sparkling. Like the warm an friendly loving person who brought you gifts for family and friends. You had to sing for joy.
    and I love your card.

  5. Diane Hover

    Love your “wreath”…I am going to have to give this a try…wow…this card is full of vintage beauty and I love those little houses tucked in at the bottom…you are so dang creative!!!

  6. Darlene Pavlick

    Fantastic Kathy! Love how you framed Santa’s face … didn’t know that was a ‘popular technique’ right now … thanks for the heads up on that! I always learn something new from you! A true vintage beauty … well done! Have a fabulous weekend …

  7. smithgfb

    Your card is just beautiful! You have used such wonderful elements and I love the circle of string. It creates such a wonderful interest on your card. We are at 17 degrees this morning…hoping you are warmer where you are!

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