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Card making for a #diyxmas...

The Christmas countdown is on, but there's no need to panic, there's still time to have a #diyxmas

There's nothing quite like making your own cards, gifts and decorations at Christmas time.  But it can seem a bit daunting when you're faced with such an array of  products in the craft stores and time is running out.

Just by keeping your design clean and simple you can have a batch of handmade cards in around an hour, less time than it will take you to go to the shops.  Even a card making novice can create a unique and stylish handmade card in no time at all.

First, and most important, gather your supplies

A6 white card blanks.
patterned paper, wrapping paper or last year's Christmas cards
Double sided tape runner
PVA glue
Felt hearts

1.  Cut paper into strips about 1.5cm wide and varying lengths.

2.  Assemble a tree by arranging 5 strips of paper on the front of the card.

The trick to this design is that the paper strips are not placed perfectly straight on the card front, giving it a quirky and contemporary feel.

3. When you're happy with the arrangement stick the strips to the card front.

4.  Then stick 3 sequins on the tree and a felt heart on the top.  Use a strong glue like PVA so they don't fall off in post.

In the run up to Christmas Preloved are sharing tips and tutorials so that you can give your Christmas that personal touch.

You can find out more about the Preloved #diyxmas campaign on

Preloved Blog