Snowflake card

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 Here we are, already in October, with the United Way Campaign underway. The Third Annual Algonquin College Pajama Crop Fundraiser took place on Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight. It’s always fun to see everyone scrapping and chatting in their PJs! This year I was asked to lead a Make-and-Take session, for which I designed this snowflake easel card.

I wanted the workshop participants to create a Christmas card with “a little something different.” So, this easel card also offers a little surprise: the snowflake on the front pops off so the recipients can hang it on their Christmas tree.

 The striking blue tag becomes the piece that holds the easel card open. I used pop dots to raise it up and give it some dimension.

The sentiment on this particular card says, “Celebrate the Season.” I stamped it in white and used a pearl embossing powder and a heat gun to give it the same glow as the snowflake. I brought several different sentiment stamps with me to the workshop so my participants would have a choice.

The card opens up even further, to reveal either short poem or verse (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of it). And, there is lots of room for you to write your personal message.

It’s an easy card to make, and always looks quite professional. I think the real secret is to use eye-catching, coordinating colours and to be very precise with your measurements. Also, sometimes less really is more! In this case, the snowflake was all we needed.

Here is a photo of my card pieces, all neatly organized into piles. I created a “kit-in-a-baggie” for each person in my workshop, being sure to include enough pop dots for the project.

I haven’t heard how much we raised this year, but we had a bigger crowd than last year, so I’m sure we surpassed our 2011 total of $1,598.00. (this was doubled to $3,196.00 by putting it into Plant Some Roots Bursaries). I will post the 2012  total next week, when the final tally is in.

If you’d like to raise money for your favourite charity, consider holding a crop in your community!