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Christmas Peek a Boo Card Tutorial

Updated on October 31, 2015
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Peachpurple loves to spend some time to handmade greeting cards and gifts at home. She always reduce trash by reusing them.

A complete Christmas Card ( View from outside )
A complete Christmas Card ( View from outside ) | Source
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View from inside | Source

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A- Peek- A -Boo Card for Christmas

You may have seen many variations of peek-a-boo cards in stationary or book stores, right? Cute and creative, aren't they?

Have you ever considered of making your own handmade peek-a-boo Christmas card?

It is not hard as long as you give it a try with the helpful tutorial guide provided in this hub.

I am sure you will enjoy the craft making session with your kids, siblings or friends.



What is a peek-a-boo card?

A peek-a-boo card is actually making a big hole in front of the card so that your recipient could see through the picture that is paste or drawn or printed inside the card.

This peek-a-boo card originally came from a peek-a-boo baby book which I saw in the bookstore. It is unique with the background of the Christmas tree colored with shades of color pencil with contrast color.

You could print out a Christmas tree or cut out from a brochure and paste it inside the card.

However, remember to trace out the size of the Christmas tree before you cut out the hole in front card.

Otherwise, the size is not consistent, either you can't see the actual shape of the Christmas tree or too small for the big hole.

Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.

Edna Ferber

Satin ribbons of multiple colors
Satin ribbons of multiple colors | Source

My Best Substitute for Card Borders

If you are not good at thread braiding, you could substitute it with colorful ribbons, the satin ones.

I usually use colorful satin ribbons for creating bow ties or borders for all greeting cards.

This China made brand ribbon is useful, non fade colors and very smooth satin.

I am pleased with the 25 yards length, I could make dozens of greetings cards with it.

Furthermore, it is very cheap, compare local ribbons sold here.

Worth the price and quality.


Art substitutes


As for the braided threads, you could substitute it with:

  • yarns,
  • ribbons or
  • laces from old clothes.


Besides that, you could also use :

  • crayons,
  • color pencils
  • color markers or
  • water colors to draw simple patterns around the four borders.

Just use your imagination and let it run wild this Christmas!

Here's wishing all kids and everyone a "Merry Christmas" !!

Crayola Colored Pencils, suitable for kids of all age
Crayola Colored Pencils, suitable for kids of all age | Source

5 Good Reasons Why I Bought Crayola Colored Pencils

1. Crayola colored pencils provided good background colors which are smooth, bright colors and the dark ones give genuine rich colors for greeting cards especially with white background.

2. Most of cheap colored pencils have a big problem with sharpeners. However, Crayola every pencils are sharpen well, no broken nibs and solid, smooth wood that I like.


3. The lead core is solid too. It doesn't break easily like other cheap colored pencils especially local mades.


4. These colored pencils are light weight, easily to grab for both kids and adults and give a comfortable grip.

5. Crayola colored pencils comes in 50 units, all the colors I needed for my art project and my kids even brought them to school. Hence, we shared the colored pencils together since there are various range of green ( from light to dark ).

At such cheap price, it is worth to buy these good quality colored pencils, non toxic and useful.


How to make aChristmas Peek-A-Boo Card

Here is the tutorial of how to make a peek-a-boo Christmas card which I had taken the photos for your simple guidelines. They are simple to do especially for the kids who are much older than the pre-schoolers.



Items you need:

a piece of white card. - it can be a matte card that weighs 120gm or above. The card has to be heavier than normal A4 size paper because it is meant to be the front card, has to be sturdy and firm not flimsy.

some colorful construction papers-use left over projects or art lessons

colored pencils ( or crayons )

a pair of scissors or penknife

a bottle of white glue

braided thread ( or ribbons )

colored markers

pencil

Step 1
Step 1 | Source

Step 1:

White card: Measure card with ruler 23cm x 17cm ( height x width ). Cut it. Fold into half.

Green paper: Measure paper 15cm x 10cm ( height x width ). Cut it. Paste in the middle of white card.


Step 2

Green paper : Draw 3 holly leaves with marker pen. Cut them out.
Green paper : Draw 3 holly leaves with marker pen. Cut them out. | Source
Part 2: Use green marker to draw the leaves outlines.
Part 2: Use green marker to draw the leaves outlines. | Source
White card: fold a rectangle card ( 13cm ) into half.
White card: fold a rectangle card ( 13cm ) into half. | Source
Part 2- Draw one side of a Christmas tree.
Part 2- Draw one side of a Christmas tree. | Source
Part 3- Cut out the Christmas tree. Unfold the card.
Part 3- Cut out the Christmas tree. Unfold the card. | Source

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Draw the outline of the Christmas tree on the front white card.
Draw the outline of the Christmas tree on the front white card. | Source
Part 2- Cut out the shape.
Part 2- Cut out the shape. | Source

Step 5

Place the christmas tree stock card on top of the yellow paper
Place the christmas tree stock card on top of the yellow paper | Source
Draw the shape of the tree on the yellow paper. Thicken the outline of the tree shape by 1/2 inch. Cut out the shape.
Draw the shape of the tree on the yellow paper. Thicken the outline of the tree shape by 1/2 inch. Cut out the shape. | Source
Paste the yellow paper tree outline onto the front card.
Paste the yellow paper tree outline onto the front card. | Source
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Step 6:

Part 1- Poke a hole on the left-hand upper corner of the white card. Ensure that the hole is big enough to insert the braided thread / ribbon.

Part 2- Use double-sided tape to paste the thread along the border of the card.

Part 3- Poke back the thread into the hole. Tie a knot and cut off the excess thread.




How to braid with threads

Step 7:

Paste holly leaves on the left hand upper corner of the front . Use double-sided tape to paste the red button in between the leaves.




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Step 8:

Part 1: Place the pre-cut Christmas tree on the inner card. Use multi-colour pencils to shade the sides of the tree card.

Part 2- Then, use your thumb to brush the colours outward.

Part 3- This will create a rainbow effect.

Step 9:

Write Christmas greetings with marker pen.

P/s : I added a pink circle with dots on the right hand corner because I forgot to add the "Merry Christmas"

© 2011 peachy

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nicely done. I especially appreciate the step-by-step photos. Any chance you can post a complete picture of the card? Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thank you alocsin for your comment. Yes, I have upload the actual photo of the Christmas Card. Now, I am posting another 2 samples of Christmas card I had made. How do you make Christmas card -Part 2. Later will be part 3. Thanks for support.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you. It's nice to see the beautiful card. Saya pergi ke Malaysia banyak kali.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks ITcoach for your comments and voting.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Gosh ! I am surprised that you could write Bahasa Malaysia. Hope that you enjoyed your trip to malaysia. We are bilingual country even though majority are still Malays.

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      Jory 3 years ago

      I thgouht finding this would be so arduous but it's a breeze!

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