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10 Steps to Making a Handmade 6 x 6 Christmas Card including Envelope!

Updated on November 18, 2013

Designing a Christmas card.

A Christmas card design is like no other because it's for one time of year.

Christmas cards are usually unique and very special to the sender and recipient. The sender feels joy from sending a written sentiment to a friend they've thought of through the year. The recipient feels pleased and elated to receive such a thoughtful card reminding them of past memories.

When you walk in to a store and pick through aisles of greeting cards, sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect one with appropriate sentiments for the person you are thinking of.

Step-by-step is really important when crafting. It's like the last time I tried to make boxed mashed potatoes. This is why I always make them from scratch. I have the steps memorized. Peel potatoes, put them in pot with water, set to boil. Remove from heat when fork tender, place them in a bowl, and mix them with butter, salt and pepper. Easy, right? The day I tried to make a boxed potato, I dumped everything in one bowl and set it in the microwave. I hadn't read the instructions carefully. If I had, I would have known to boil the water in a microwave-safe dish first, and then add the potato flakes after.

Crafting is similar. There are certain steps that must come first. There are lots of mistakes to be made. But most importantly, there are a lot of beautiful creations that the world has yet to discover.

Here is a how-to guide for making a special Christmas card size 6" x 6" square.

A completed 6 x 6 Christmas card.
A completed 6 x 6 Christmas card. | Source

Step 1. Think about your design and pick your papers.

There are many types of papers out there to make in to beautiful greeting cards.

Local craft stores as well as online stores offer patterned papers and cardstocks to match. When I go to a craft store, I pick out patterns which come in both. I usually buy size 12 x 12. These papers are usually intended for scrapbook layouts. However, one piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper can make two 6 x 6 greeting cards. And, when you find matching printed paper to go with the cardstock, it's even better because you can create envelopes to match your cards!

Sometimes I go to the store with a design in mind. Other times, I'm just looking for inspiration. Patterned paper comes in so many designs, it's almost impossible not to find an idea by looking through the vast selection.

Step 2. Set up your craft space to begin your greeting card.

After you find the ideal papers for your project, you'll want to spread them out on a clean and clutter-free work space.

  1. Wipe down your work surface to make sure it's dust free before you begin crafting.
  2. Get your supplies out so they'll be handy.
  3. Put like items in an organized fashion on your work space in reach of your chair. For example, a pencil cup can hold pencils, rulers, and other small accessories.
  4. Have a plan for setting aside wet glittered or glued items such as an empty counter top or separate work station.

Supply Checklist
12 x 12 patterned cardstock
Matching 12 x 12 printed paper
Paper Trimmer
Scor-Tape or double-sided tape
Store bought embellishments (if applicable)
Handmade embellishments (if not using store bought)
Bling/gem stones/seed beads
9 x 12 Drawing paper
Ink pad
Rubber stamp for sentiment (if applicable)
Glitter glue
Score board or ruler
Scalloped scissors or die cut to make scallop design

Step 3. Begin your greeting card.

Here are instructions for crafting a 6 x 6 card out of scrapbook paper:

  • Begin by folding a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock in half. The position of the fold will depend on the design. Make sure your design will come out in correct position on a greeting card.
  • Trim the cardstock in half at the fold line.
  • This should result in a sideways fold in to a 6 x 6 card as shown in the photos.

If you have more than one identical card, go ahead and prepare them all this way. Then set them aside.

Scrapbook cardstock 12 x 12, folded and cut in to a 6 x 6 card, folded. Drawing paper for inner lining of card.
Scrapbook cardstock 12 x 12, folded and cut in to a 6 x 6 card, folded. Drawing paper for inner lining of card. | Source

I recently found Scor-tape on a roll by Elmers. It was called permanent double-sided tape.

Step 4. Make the inner lining.

For this tutorial, I used drawing paper that comes in size 9 x 12. Fold the paper in half.

Trim the folded paper down to six inches to fit inside the cardstock.

Next, begin adhering the cardstock to the inner paper.

I use Scor-tape for this which is a permanent tape.

To do this, apply tape all around the outer perimeter of each inner side of the cardstock. Then, neatly place the drawing paper down to adhere.

Trim the drawing paper down to 6".

Fold the drawing paper in half.  Then trim the size down to 6" with a paper trimmer.
Fold the drawing paper in half. Then trim the size down to 6" with a paper trimmer. | Source

Place tape all around the outer perimeter of the cardstock.

This is double-sided tape by Elmers.  They do sell a product called Scor-Tape which is essentially double-sided tape with a peel-off strip.
This is double-sided tape by Elmers. They do sell a product called Scor-Tape which is essentially double-sided tape with a peel-off strip. | Source

Trim the edges of the tape with scissors.

Trim the edges of the Scor-Tape with scissors.
Trim the edges of the Scor-Tape with scissors. | Source

Step 5. Adhere the lining to the outer cardstock.

Once you have all of the Scor-Tape in place, adhere the inner lining to the cardstock. This can be tricky. Do this on both sides inside the cardstock. You will notice, when trying to open the adhered card, there might be a little resistance on the drawing paper. Fold it backwards and smooth out.

Cardstock adhered to the drawing paper on the left.

Adhere the drawing paper to the cardstock.  The Scor-Tape makes a permanent seal between the two.
Adhere the drawing paper to the cardstock. The Scor-Tape makes a permanent seal between the two. | Source

Make a crease so the card will fold back with ease.

If you meet resistance when trying to fold card back after drawing paper is adhered, use a bone folder to make a smooth crease.
If you meet resistance when trying to fold card back after drawing paper is adhered, use a bone folder to make a smooth crease. | Source

Craft stores do sell scrapbook grade sanding paper.

I prefer sanding blocks from hardware stores. They are inexpensive, easy to hold, and work really well on paper in prograde-fine. I usually find them around the painting aisle.

Step 6. Sand and ink the edges of the card.

Using a sanding block, sand down all three edges of the card around the opening. Then ink with a matching ink pad around those same edges.

This becomes useful if the inner paper doesn't match up exactly with the cardstock. After it's sanded and inked, there will be no over-lay.

Sand the edges.

Sand all of the edges around the card except for the crease on the left side.
Sand all of the edges around the card except for the crease on the left side. | Source

Ink the edges of the card.

Ink the edges of the card, except for the crease on the left side, with a rubber stamp ink pad.
Ink the edges of the card, except for the crease on the left side, with a rubber stamp ink pad. | Source

Step 7. Choose your embellishments.

I like to make my own embellishments, but there are many to chose from. Many companies make them. They are plentiful in stores and online. Many small craft sellers make embellishments and sell them on ETSY, eBay, and other online venues.

When I create a greeting card design, I like the look of an embellishment that matches the patterned cardstock.

For this project, I decided to use a Sizzix die-cut shaped ornament because it matched the patterned cardstock.

Also, note how you want to embellish the embellishment!

  • You can leave the embellishment plain.
  • You can decorate the embellishment with glitter, ribbon, flowers, or anything else you have on hand.
  • You can also emboss the embellishment.

I made the embellishment two ways to demonstrate a couple of craft techniques.

  1. Decorating the embellishments with beads. I used small seed beads in silver tone which I strung through white sewing thread. I then tied the thread in the back of the die-cut so that the beads would stay on nice and tight.
  2. Embossing the embellishments. Afterward, I decided my embellishment needed something extra. So I chose to start over and emboss the die-cuts first using a holly berry design, then I strung more beads.

This is the part where sometimes I make more work for myself than necessary. Had I thought to emboss the embellishments at first, I wouldn't have had to start over. It's sort of like how I mistakenly added all of the ingredients to the mashed potatoes before I boiled the water!

Crafting embellishments.

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Choose your ink to match your papers.You can use store bought embellishments or make your own.  This ornament is a die-cut from Sizzix.Embellishments decorated with embossing and beads.
Choose your ink to match your papers.
Choose your ink to match your papers. | Source
You can use store bought embellishments or make your own.  This ornament is a die-cut from Sizzix.
You can use store bought embellishments or make your own. This ornament is a die-cut from Sizzix. | Source
Embellishments decorated with embossing and beads.
Embellishments decorated with embossing and beads. | Source

8. Pick your inside sentiment.

For these cards, I used matching preprinted paper to create scalloped mats. Then I cut out small tags, and rubber stamped a sentiment on them. I also inked the edges of the mats and the tags in the same color as the rest of the card. The sentiment was stamped in the same color ink as well.

Your choices for inside sentiments are endless. If you do not have rubber stamps, you can always use sticker sentiments or printed sentiments from your home computer.

Sentiments.

Rubber stamped sentiment.  Tag with inked edges.
Rubber stamped sentiment. Tag with inked edges. | Source

9. Adhere the embellishments and sentiment.

Adhere the embellishment to the front of the card.

To complete the ornament embellishment, I glittered the holly berry design, and added bling to the top of the ornament. I used a glue dot to adhere the bling.

Inside, I used double-sided tape to adhere the sentiment.

Adhering your embellishment.

Adhere your embellishment to the outside using glue dots, liquid glue, or double-sided tape.
Adhere your embellishment to the outside using glue dots, liquid glue, or double-sided tape. | Source
I colored the embossed images of holly berries with glitter glue.
I colored the embossed images of holly berries with glitter glue. | Source

Making an envelope from patterned paper.

Trim a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper to size 10 x 10.  Set your measurements to 5 1/2 around each side.  The fold.
Trim a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper to size 10 x 10. Set your measurements to 5 1/2 around each side. The fold. | Source

10. Make your envelope.

First, find a place to dry your glittered cards. Once dried, then you can start working on the envelopes.

For the envelope, you will need a 12 x 12 paper. The paper doesn't have to be patterned. It can be a solid color. Just make sure you have enough for each card if you are making more than one.

  • Trim the paper to 10 x 10.
  • Using a score board, mark your paper on each side at 5 1/2 inches. (This can be done with a ruler if you do not have a score board.)
  • Next, fold from each 5 1/2 mark to the next creating four corners.
  • The 6 x 6 card should fit perfectly in the square that's leftover in the middle of the folded paper.

Folding the envelope to fit the card.

Fold your envelope along the lines of 5 1/2 marks.  Adhere with Scor-Tape or double-sided tape.
Fold your envelope along the lines of 5 1/2 marks. Adhere with Scor-Tape or double-sided tape. | Source

Have you ever made your own cards with matching envelopes?

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Conclusion.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this tutorial about making handmade greeting cards size 6 x 6 with matching envelopes.

Please leave a comment below and let me know your secrets for creating sentimental cards that recipients talk about for years to come.

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    • ologsinquito profile image

      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      That is a very attractive Christmas card. I'm assuming you created it. It looks great.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Ologsinquito! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind comments. I made it yesterday. I had never made a handmade envelope size 6 x 6, so I thought I'd share what I discovered. Usually I buy the envelopes. But they are so expensive. I figured if I could learn how to make them, it would be fun to pair up the cardstock/patterned paper at the craft stores. ;D

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A little slow getting here but I finally made it.

      Wonderful instructions for those interested in this craft project. If someone can't follow your instructions they simply are not cut out for crafts. :) Well done Brandi!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Now that's funny Billy! I was never successful at making a handmade envelope, but I kept trying and finally got the hang of it! Hopefully someone else will be able to find success through my tutorial here. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is really beautiful work. I can't even imagine how much time this takes you. It is so much more impressive than the boxed greeting cards. Voted up and more, sharing, pinning. Just gorgeous.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      A lovely example of a handmade card and your instructions are a great springboard for more projects.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      10 Steps to Making a Handmade 6 x 6 Christmas Card including Envelope! Wow! A beautiful time of year for me and I so much enjoy the festive season. Great ideas and always a creative thought from you. You always have such helpful ideas, useful and informative hubs to all readers. Voted up, awesome, useful, interesting and beautiful Have a lovely day.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is a great comprehensive 'how to', with clear instructions. It's always great to have photos - the visual back-up is essential for this sort of thing. I've made cards in the past but not so much lately. I do, however, often make cards special by including a poem or extra sentiment, writing it with an italic pen, sticking it carefully in the middle of the printed page or behind the final one. I did this for my daughters' weddings and they loved that idea. Great hub - well done!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how lovely, Crafty! What a beautiful handmade card. Much more beautiful and special being it is handmade for sure. You really go the extra mile to make it special. Thank you for sharing your great tips and expertise in the making of special Christmas cards. Christmas cards should be extra special, and you have done just that here.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Flourish for your kind and thoughtful comments! :D

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much RTalloni! I truly appreciate your comments. So nice to see you today.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi DDE! Thanks so much for your very thoughtful and appreciated comments.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      That sounds like a lovely idea Annart that you did for your daughter's wedding! Thank you so much for sharing your story here and for your thoughtful comments.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Faith! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment here. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments.

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      Maira818 3 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      I think the customization aspect of creating a Christmas card like here, is better than buying something you did not create with your hands. Awesome hub. Thanks for sharing

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Homemade Christmas cards and envelopes would be so extra special.

      Enjoyed this.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      My mother used to make these types of cards, but she also added embroidery embellishments to them too, which meant no one could throw them out as they took her a long time to make!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up and Beautiful. Thank for sharing such creativity. Something we could all use.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Maira for commenting here. The last time I went to buy a card at the store, I was really surprised to see how much they cost now too. For the same price, I can make a lot more. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Wetnose. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Suzanne! Oh, that sounds lovely that your mother embroidered on her handmade cards. Thanks so much for sharing that story here.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments MsDora!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautiful and brings me a beautiful memory of the nursing home my mom was in letting everyone make a card and I helped Mom and she was so happy just like a child, sprinkling on glitter. This would be such a memorable thing to do with a loved one. ^

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Excellent idea. I may try this with my little daughter as she love crafts and things. Something to keep her busy with and away from the digital games for a while.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for such detailed instructions, Crafty. Creating the card sounds like fun, and it looks lovely! A homemade card is so much nicer than a store bought one.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Another great crafty hub, Crafty :-) Sorry..... I couldn't resist ;-)

      Seriously, your card is just beautiful with special touches that make them just unique! I think that on top of making pictures with the step of your project, you should make videos to share you beautiful word!

      Definitely voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and simply awesome! And also pinned:-)

      Have a great day!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Jackie, that's such a sweet memory. Thank you for sharing that here. I did some work from home for a nursing home a couple of years ago. I helped design their bulletin boards and I creating memory album pages for the residents. It was a lot of fun.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hezekiah, that's such a great idea. Children love to make cards! I have a plastic bin with three large drawers in our pantry. We keep it filled with art and craft supplies for the children. Thank you for stopping by!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Alicia! Thanks so much for your comments here. I love receiving handmade cards. They are so special and unique.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Kidscrafts! LOL, if I could get out of my own way every day I'd probably be able to figure out how to use a video camera to make a video. I'm just not that techy. Hehe. But it does like a great idea! Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments here.

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      seologist 3 years ago

      The most awesome Christmas card I've ever seen! Thank you for such a detailed instruction! I would love to try cardmaking, but I'm afraid such a hobby takes to much time. To make Christmas cards for all family members and friends it is necessary to get down to work right now.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Crafty, you have much more patience than I do! I'm lazy; I go to the dollar store or Big Lots and buy them for cheap!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for commenting Seologist! Yes, it does take quite a lot time for sure. Thanks you for your lovely compliment. It's so nice to see you!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi sha! LOL! I know what you mean. I've been making them for so long, people expect them now. If I bought a store bought one, they'd think I was ill or something. Oh dear, I even get requests year after year. Just the other day someone asked me if I had designed any this year. Too funny!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Very cute card. I'm sure it's lots of fun to do. I like doing crafty things but have very little room now. Voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Moonlake. I have too much stuff and too little time. I have been meaning to make some cards for the past week and just can't seem to find any time lately. I do like making cards. It's very relaxing. Thank you so much for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      What a pretty card! You certainly have a wealth of ideas to share on crafts and so very creative with the product.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much teaches12345! I truly value your kind and thoughtful comments.

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      jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

      I love making my own cards. Your instructions are very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful!

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Very creative and analytical and i love the result! Thank you for sharing!!

      Voted up!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Mike Robbers, thank you so much for the kind comments! It's so nice to see you.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Jill. I made these cards and haven't had an ounce of time to make another! I wish I had more time. I love to make them too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      wiserworld 3 years ago

      Wow that's impressive. Great design. Thanks for explaining the steps so clearly. May have to try this out this year!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Wiserworld. Thank you so much for reading and commenting here. Funny thing is I haven't even started my own cards this year! LOL I never take my own advice. But these were especially fun to make.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool, right down to the envelope. I like this so much better than cards made on the computer. Shared anb pinned!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Rebecca for your kind comments and sharing. I truly appreciate it.

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      Christine 3 years ago from New Port Richey, Florida

      Such Great Ideas and Instructions. Will pass these around for sure

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hello Christine! Thanks so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate your comments.

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      PDGreenwell 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Very detailed instructions! I appreciate that effort when following instructions to make cards and other crafts!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Estachel! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.

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      Veenoo 2 years ago from India

      Very nice and helpful.

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      Mary Norton 15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to make some for a fund raiser but have not made any for years. Lately, I started but really paint on it as a practice for my painting. It's a good break from writing.

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