How to Make a Xmas Santa Card

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Handmade cards are a festive and easy way to celebrate the holidays. Make a festive Santa card with the help of a visual artist in this free video.

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Hello, I'm Jeanette Conner. I've been a visual artist for eight plus years, and today I'm going to teach you how to make a Christmas Santa card. For this project, you are going to need cream colored card stock paper for Santa's face; red card stock paper or construction for Santa's hat, I prefer this decorative printed paper; tissue paper or cotton balls for Santa's beard, and for the trimming around his hat; tape and wire for his glasses; silver and gold glitter glue for decorative purposes. And I really like using blue glitter glue for Santa's eyes, because it makes his eyes pop and look super cute. And, something to decorate his face with. I'm going to use this holly die cut for his hat. So to start we are going to make our card base which is Santa's face. You are going to take your cream colored card stock paper and make sure that you don't have any markings on it at all. And we are going to start by folding it in half. The best way to do this is to match the corners up as closely as possible. And then to put your finger in the center of the crease side and then go either direction like that. And then just give it a good solid crease with your nail. Then you are going to take scissors and you are just going to round it out like a face. Cause we are going to put a beard and hat over his face anyhow so just give it a nice rounded edge all the way around. Just like that. Then you are going to take your red paper and you are going to make a hat. All you need to do is just make a simple triangle maybe with a little bit of a flop to one side. Just like that. Then you can take rubber glue, rubber cement, or Elmer's glue, or a glue stick and just make sure that you get a good coating. The nice thing about rubber glue is it's non acidic so it's really good if you want to make these cards for you know ahead of time. It's not going to make the paper turn or anything like that. If you are going to be doing this craft with kids it's always good to have paper underneath. And then you are just going to put Santa's hat on his head like so. I put his tissue paper on. So for this you can just tear yourself off tissue paper. Like this long strip and just crinkle it up. And make little crinkled balls. And put your glue down and then stick it to it. So I'm just going to keep pinching these off and sticking them on top like this. So we got some tissue paper on there. And now I'm going to put my decorative die cut on his hat. I'm going to put it I think right here. That's a cute place for it. And so we are just going to take some more rubber cement. And I'm just going to coat the back of this so that I know that it'll stick down. I got rubber cement on there again. And we are going to stick that down and press it down really good so that the rubber cement can adhere. And there you go. So I'm going to make the ball for his hat since I already have the tissue paper here and the rubber cement all torn up. So we are going to once again put a bunch of rubber cement down and then take your tissue paper and put it on there. Okay. So now I'm going to take my silver glitter glue and just deck out my tissue paper a little bit. And I'm going to put some silver lining along here. And up above too. That should be good. So now we are going to make Santa Clause's face. Like I said I love to use blue glitter glue cause it really makes his eyes pop. And make some pretty good droplets. So you want to squeeze pretty hard. Just make sure they are about the same size. So now we are going to move on to making his beard. So again we are just going to use the tissue paper and you are going to crinkle it up really good. And then just kind of uncrinkle it a little bit. So we are going to take our rubber cement and we are going to line the whole edge here. And be very generous you want to make sure that the tissue paper has enough glue to keep it held down. I'm just going to make a hole right for Santa's mouth which we'll do in a little bit. And you are just going to starting up at the top there stick the tissue paper down. Now we are going to take where we made that hole just a moment ago and we are going to scoop that tissue paper up a bit. And once you find out about where you want to put it, take a little bit more of your rubber cement and stick it down there. There we go. And then for his mouth we'll just take some red glitter glue and just make a big O. Just like that. And then if you want to you can give him a little nose. Just like that. Okay. So now we are going to make the spectacles. So I'm going to put Santa Clause aside for just a second ok. So you are going to take some wire, not too much. So what you are going to do this is kind of the tricky part. Is you are going to take the end and you are going to make a loop and you are just going to tuck it back underneath. And it'll stay pretty much like that. If you want to give it a little extra support just do it one more time. And just like that. And I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. So you are just going to take it inside and make a loop and stick it back underneath like that. So just make them as circular and even as possible. So we are going to take tape, clear plastic tape. And you are just going to stick your spectacles down. So try to keep your, keep as many fingerprints off here as possible. And then just fold it over. It doesn't have to be a perfect fold. And crease your tape down trying to get as many of the air bubbles out of the spectacles as possible. Okay. And once you have it down just take your scissors and cut around the edge of your spectacles. The only place you want the tape left is around the circles of the spectacles. So just like that. Then you have Santa's spectacles. Then I just want to make sure my glue is still just a little bit wet. And I'm actually, the glitter glue is going to be what holds down his spectacles. And so you are just going to lay them right down on top of his spectacles and push down lightly. Not too lightly, not too hard because you don't want to squish your glitter glue all the way down. But just enough so that there's, the spectacles are touching and held down but you still want them kind of sticking up. That way Santa's glasses are up off his face a little bit. And that is your Santa card. This was Jeanette Conner and today you learned how to make Christmas Santa cards.

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