Easy Banner Shaped Card for Christmas

Banner Shaped Card for Christmas

We all get stuck in a rut sometimes; we get used to doing things a certain way, they become habitual and we don’t even think about trying to do it differently. When I’m making cards, I often stick to regular old rectangular cards that open on the side, or sometimes, if I remember to do it once in awhile, at the bottom. Lately, I’ve been trying to think outside this rectangular card box.

Instead of making cards that are standard sized rectangles, I’ve been trying to add some different types of cards to the mix, like pop up cards or cards with different folds.

Today’s card is the result of an experiment with a card front that is a different shape than the back of the card.

Challenge Inspired

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #256!

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I loved this giant banner and decided to try making the banner itself the shape of the card front, while leaving the back of the card a rectangle. I had never actually tried something like that before, so this was a true experiment! I honestly thought it might fall over when I tried to photograph it, but it was quite sturdy!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Presents and Pinecones DSP and Pretty Pines Thinlits.

How to Make an Easy Banner Shaped Card

  1. Start with a standard sized card that opens at the bottom.
  2. At the fold, cut in from the outer edges 1/2″ (1.25 cm).
  3. Using a trimmer, cut straight down from your slit, removing 1/2″ (1.25 cm) from each side of the card front.
  4. I also made sure to trim off any excess paper from the crease. I thought it might look weird to have a crease, but nothing attached to it!
  5. At the bottom of the card front, at the exact center, cut a slit 1″ (2.5 cm) tall.
  6. Cut from the bottom left corner of the card front up to the top of the slit.
  7. Cut from the bottom right corner of the card front up to the top of the slit.

Refer to this diagram for how to cut your banner shaped card:

This diagram shows how to cut a card with a banner shaped front. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

How To Decorate This Banner Shaped Card

  1. Trim a piece of Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper to fit the banner. I started with a piece that was 3-3/4″ by 5-1/2″ (8 cm by 14.5 cm) then looked at the back side while cutting bottom of the banner to match the card base.
  2. Use the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies to cut out the three different sized pine boughs in both Whisper White and Mint Macaron.
  3. Arrange the boughs at the top corner, adhering with glue dots.
  4. Wrap a Cherry Cobbler ribbon around the card, adhere the ends in the back. Make sure it covers the tops of the pine boughs!
  5. With a separate piece of Cherry Cobbler ribbon, tie a bow. Making this look nice takes me a long time!
  6. Trim the ends of the bow at an angle so it frays as little as possible.
  7. Adhere the bow to the ribbon with glue dots.

Christmas card with Presents and Pinecones DSP and Pretty Pines Thinlits. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Color Combination

I never thought that Mint Macaron would be a Christmas color, but Stampin’ Up! paired it up with Emerald Envy and Cherry Cobbler, and it looks amazing. Mint Macaron really does look good with everything. I honestly don’t know how we will all survive once this color retires.

This color combination is pulled straight from the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper, and I just love it! It is red and green, but isn’t quite the normal, traditional red and green. It’s a little more lighthearted and fun.


Thank you for visiting and happy stamping everyone!

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  1. Gorgeous and very clever card! The die-cut foliage looks wonderful! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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