Hybrid Handmade Christmas - Christmas Cards / Tags

The French don't really do Christmas cards, well not in this bit of France anyway.  So, what's a girl to do?  Make them herself of course!

You will need:  1.  Card stock (these are little French correspondence cards which come with matching envelopes) 2. Tracing paper 3. Hole punch, circular or any other fancy shaped punch 4.  Lino cutter 5. Artist's carving block - but really, it's just a big eraser  6. Ink pad 7. Pencil 8. Fancy string or ribbon 9. Optional reindeer 10. Optional snowflake.

And then...

This is my first effort on the carving front - but to see the master at work I highly recommend this video by the very talented Geninne D. Zlatkis.

Geninne has also posted some great stamp carving tutorials on her blog which you can find here.

Christmas cards/ tags 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
All that remains is to punch your holes and finish the tag off with some fancy string or ribbon.

Perhaps these could do with a bit more sparkle and glitter - but really, I like to keep these things simple.  It's the words on the other side that really count.