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Vintage Holiday Projects – by Amy Kersten

A huge thanks to Amy for sharing the fantastic holiday decor projects! Be sure to swing by Amy’s blog for holiday projects galore – you won’t be disappointed!


I have been waiting for the perfect project to use my October Afternoon, Very Merry Collection.  I found the cute vintage wire basket at Hobby Lobby and inspiration struck! I love when that happens!  All of the projects were very simple to do and when you put them all together they look stunning.

Gather your favorite holiday line of paper( a double sided paper works best) and find coordinating items for the rest: Ribbon, Brads, candy tubes, stickers, and of course your favorite Tonic Border punch and a holiday medium punch.

DSCF6184-001Pinwheel How To:

For the larger Pinwheels I cut my paper to 8×8. I then measured from corner to corner. I drew a pencil line from the corner down to 4.5 inches and then from the bottom corner up to 7 inches. (Smaller is 6×6 and I went from the corner down to 3 and from the bottom corner up to the 5.5 inches.) I then cut on the lines. Next I punched the holes. Please see diagram.  I then took a border punch and did the edges. Next take the brad and gather the corners and then put the brad through the center and close it.

The pinwheels are fun to use to dress up the candy containers for little visitors, or to decorate a table. They are also fun to use on a present as a bow to spiff up a special present for someone. You could also attach them to your garland for a fun window dressing. The options are endless and versatile for any occasion!

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DSCF6182-001Garland How To:

For the garland again you’ll want double sided pattern paper, or cardstock since the color shows through. I cut strips of paper 2.5 x 12″. I then punched down both sides of the strips and cut them in half since I wanted a smaller looped garland. Then just take end to end and staple take the next strip and link it and staple…

Incredibly simple but oh so cute!!  There are so many fun variations you can do with this. You could alternate with cardstock or Kraft paper, you can make bigger loops to use on a mantle or for above a window or for a tree… you could stamp holiday sayings on them or you could take a punch and cut a pattern along it… I am sure this isn’t the last garland you will see. I just can’t believe it took me this long to think to use my punches on it.

DSCF6185-001Card How To:

Take a border punch and punch along the long edge of the card. Take a pattern strip of paper the same length and punch a border. The pattern strip is what is peeking out below the edge. Then find one of the many medium holiday punches of your choosing. Take a circle punch and voila you have your embellishment! I then used some word stickers as well with holiday sayings. The finished card is a 5×7 and I used scraps from my other projects.

I hope you enjoyed the vintage holiday projects and came away with a few ways to dress up a special present for someone, to add some unexpected charm to a table or display, or helped inspire a holiday card! Happy Holidays!!!


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Welcome, and thanks for stopping by! We know you have a lot of blogs to visit today and we appreciate you’re taking the time to stop by and see what we’ve been up to at Tonic Studios! We’re thrilled to be partnering with Operation Write Home today in their World Card Making Day blog hop! For those of you who aren’t familiar with OWH, please take a minute to visit their website and see what they’re all about. The work they do is truly amazing — helping to keep our troops in touch with their friends and family at home.

Be sure to hop back to the Stars and Stamps blog and check out inspiration from designers around the globe!

Jackie, Amy, and I each designed a wintry card based on a different OWH Sketch (boy it was hard to choose!).

I had a lot of fun with Sketch #73, and turned it into a pocket!

After I folded the card in half, I trimmed off the upper portion at a slant and punched along the edge using the Tonic Simplicity Pattern Dotty Border Punch. Next I used my Tonic Border System and Sewing Holes Punch to punch the holes along each edge of the pocket. I wove twine through all of the holes and tied across the front of the card so the twine aligned nicely under the decorative border edge. I added a couple of the Tonic Snowflake Punches to the front of the card (antique copper brads in the center – adhered with Glue Dots). For the tag insert, I used the Tonic Duo Ticket & Tag Punch to snip off the tag corers. I cut a 1″ strip of kraft cardstock, punched the tip using the Tonic Simplicity Pattern Dotty Border Punch, folded it in half to create a tab to match my pocket and attached it to my tag with a brad.  Finally, I used the Tonic Medium Snowflake Light Punch and the Tonic Snowfall Border Punch to punch images out of the lower right corner of my tag.

Jackie chose Sketch #118 and created a fantastic blue and white Christmas card using the Tonic Simplicity Pattern Star Border Punch.  I love how she used a couple of the tiny stars on her sentiment piece!  She used a stamp by Hero Arts and Memento Nautical Blue ink.  Visit Jackie’s blog for more inspiration — Just Stamp It!

Amy turned the OWH Bonus Sketch B-5 into a delightful wintry snowman card!  She used the Tonic Simplicity Victorian Border Punch and the Snowman Multi Detail Punch with the  fun Winter Park Powder patterned paper from Echo Park.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Leave us a comment to let us know you stopped by to celebrate World Card Making Day.  We’ll choose one lucky reader to win a great prize pack of Tonic Studios punches and tools!

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