Owl Christmas cards have always been popular. It might be because of the Legend of the Christmas Owl that goes like this –
“I’m a little Christmas Owl. Please hang me in your tree. I won’t say much while I’m here, but my eyes have much to see. When Santa starts to check his list, you know he checks it twice. He sends an owl to be his eyes and see whooo’s naughty and nice! So, every time you see an owl with his eyes so wide and bright… be on your best behavior for that owl is Santa’s sight!”
Some say it’s because owls are associated with wisdom and people want to be bestowed with the gift of wisdom to face the challenges of the coming new year.
Or it could just be that they are CUTE – like the one on this one of my owl Christmas cards I created when playing around with dies. Because I got such a kick out of this little lady and because these kinds of cards are so popular, I made an A2 version of this card as well. I really am loving the ability to switch back and forth between the trendy slimline cardmaking projects and the always-popular A2 version. Of course, all the detail I get from using things from Rubbernecker does NOT hurt!
The Scene Base for Both Cards
- Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card base and a 3.50″ x 8.50″ slimline card base.
- Cut a red cardstock layer to fit on both of the card bases. Note: I used an old corner cut decorative scissors to cut the corners of the red slimline layer.
- Attach the red layers to the card bases using ATG adhesive.
- Use the largest slimline die to cut a white layer for the slimline card scene base.
- Cut a white 4.00″ x 5.25″ white layer for the A2 sized card.
- Apply light blue ink to create a sky background for both white layers using a large blender brush.
- Stamp the pine trees using Shady Lane ink. Note: After I stamp the front row of trees I apply ink to the stamp and tap it off once or twice on scratch paper to stamp the second row so they look a little further in the distance.
- Attach the tree scene layers to the card base using ATG adhesive.
The Slimline Frame
- Use white cardstock and the largest slimline die in the set to cut a white layer.
- Place the white layer back on the cutting platform, line up the next sized die in the set and cut to create the frame.
Assemble The Cards
- Cut several deckle hills sections using white cardstock to use for ground snow.
- Attach four snow layers to the back of the slimline frame using double stick tape to fill in the bottom portion of the frame to cover the bottom of the birch forest layer when it is applied.
- Use white cardstock to cut two Birch Forest sections.
- For the slimline: Trim one birch forest to fit inside the slimline frame and attach it to the back of the frame and snow layers using double stick tape.
- Apply thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the birch trees.
- Apply mounting tape to the back of the A2 sized birch forest and the slimline frame and attach to the scene base.
The Christmas Owl
- Cut the owl sections using tan, brown, dark brown, white and grey cardstock.
- Attach all the owl pieces together using glossy accents.
- Cut the Christmas tree costume using green cardstock and the star using bright yellow cardstock.
- Attach the bottom tree section to the lower body of the owl using glossy accents.
- Apply tiny pieces of mounting tape to the back of the branches of the second tree and then apply glossy accents to the top edge of the tree and attach to the owl.
- Attach the star to the tree topper using glossy accents.
- Apply a small piece of mounting tape to the back of the tree topper and attach to the head of the owl.
- Attach pieces of mounting tape to the back of the owls and attach it to them to the front of the cards.
- Apply yellow stickles to the star and red stickles to the trees to create ornaments.
No matter which size you prefer, I hope this idea gets you started on thinking about whether YOU want to send owl Christmas cards this year, what size and how much FUN they are to make!
Owl Christmas cards are so much fun to make.