Making Christmas Cards with Leftover Ribbon

by onepaperstreet

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I’ve been making Christmas cards to send to family and friends recently, and I wanted to design something that was simple and quick to make. I also had some leftover ribbon from a previous project I’d worked on, and wanted to use it up. I combined these two ideas and came up with this card. I really enjoyed the way it turned out, and it’s one of my personal favorites, it’s also meant to be easy to replicate.


Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat, Standard Grip

 Midnight Black Marker – From: Cricut Antiquity Color Pen Set

 3/4 Inch Blue Crafting Ribbon

 3/4 Inch Purple Crafting Ribbon

Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch

Recollections White Heavyweight (8.5’x5.5’)

 White Textured Cardstock (4’x5.25′)

 Light Blue Cardstock (3.5’x2′) –From: Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2′ X 11′ Cape Cod Blues

 Any Christmas Sentiment Stamp (for internal message)

ColorBox Wicked Black Archival Ink

 Small Stamping Block –From: Krystal Acrylic Block Set Of 5

Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount, 1/2-Inch

Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount, 1/4-Inch

Trim Slant Tip Tweezers

Feather No.55 Switch-Blade Shear, 5.5 Inch


 Christmas Tree (Tablescraps Fall & Winter cartridge)

 Banner (Bits and Pieces cartridge)

 Standard Square

 Bookmark Font


View the exact specifications of this project in the Cricut Design Studio.


I started this design by cutting an 11’x8.5’ piece of cardstock in half and folding it to make an A2 sized card base. I then used my Cricut machine to cut out a large image of a Christmas tree and a 5.25’x4’ square around that tree onto textured white cardstock. I didn’t actually use the cutout of the tree; I decided to save that for another project. Instead, I used the negative of the tree as the focal point for this design.


Tip: I used my Cricut Machine to make the Christmas tree design, but you could use any pine tree die cut to mimic this project.

Once the textured cardstock was cut, I turned over the negative and lined the tree with Scor-Pal Scor-Tape. Since this tape is really sticky, I could lay ribbon down right across the open tree design, and it would stay firmly in place. Since my ribbon was see-through I chose to overlap my layers, but you could also lay the ribbon side by side if you prefer.

Once I positioned all of the ribbon, I trimmed the excess from the sides of the tree and placed Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Adhesive on the back of the cardstock. This allowed me to place the tree on the base of the card, while still giving the ribbon space to move  in-between the two pieces of cardstock.

I then made the banner that said “Merry Christmas”. All of my Christmas stamps were too large, so I created the banner and sentiment using the Cricut Design Studio. This was easy since the tree was already in my Cricut project. I could measure it against the tree to make sure it was the right height and width. Once the sentiment was written and cut by my Cricut machine,  I also put that on some Pop Dots Adhesive, and placed it on the front of the card under the tree.

Lastly, I opened the card and stamped a little Christmas sentiment where the inside message belongs in to put the finishing touches on this card. I hope this was helpful, and please let me know what you think! If you decide to replicate this design when making Christmas cards for your own friends and family, I’d love to see your project, so please send me the link!


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Denise December 11, 2017 - 9:31 am

Love this idea

onepaperstreet December 11, 2017 - 9:59 am

Thanks Denice! 🙂


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