I created a sweet set of mittens that can be used as a cool unique card, or double as an ornate box topper decoration. Heck I think they would make sweet tree ornaments as well.
My paper for this project was Kaisercraft - St Nicholas Collection.
This is a two-part post - with other card samples and tutorials on Part 2, found here.
I created a pattern that you can print and make your own mitten set. It takes me quite a while to create a custom pattern so I am happy to share. I feel like the time spent making the pattern is more fruitful if I share.
I enjoyed embellishing my mittens but if you prefer them to be flat for mailing, just eliminate the bulky embellishments to accommodate shipping. I have an example of a flatter mitten if you scroll down.
And if you scroll some more, you'll find my template and my instructions. So let the scrolling begin!
This is my flat version for mailing to save on postage.
Step 1. Download my custom template. The Mitten Template download can be found here. You will need to cut both the right and left hands out for this card.
If you notice, each hand has two mitten shapes. One shows a folded line. This is the base of the card. It must be cut using a folded piece of paper. The second form is going to be cut from patterned paper and is a bit smaller than the outside shape. This was designed so that I did not need to fuss with perfection. Trying to get cut paper shapes the exact size = misery.
Mitten Template download can be found here.
Step 3. Cut the rest of the pieces out.
TIP: Each mitten hand will have a front and a back. If you are limited in paper then make sure you have cut one left and one right hand using the same paper - otherwise your mittens will not match. You can use a different paper for the flip side of the mittens.
You have some options so let me explain them.
Option 1. The mittens I made do not open. I glued them totally shut because I did not intend them to be greeting cards - but a package decoration with a small sentiment on the palm of the mitten.
For this option, you'll want to add the string to the inside of the mitten and glue the card closed.
Option 2. This option allows for you to have both mittens open as cards. For this card option, you'll want to add the string under the mitten layers to hid the string.
Option 3. This option allows for you to have one mitten that opens as a card - and one mitten that does not open.
Step 6. Start embellishing as desired. I'm going to leave the decorating decisions up to you.
Here is the flip side of the mittens.
Mitten Template download can be found here
Supplies for Mittens
Paper Cord Ribbon-Olive Green
Paper Pack 6.5x6.5 St Nicholas Collection
Petaloo Dahlias - Teastained White-Petites x 24 1465-105
Petaloo Burlap Wild Sunflower Ivory 1223-200
Spring Cleaning Clearance - Petaloo Spray Brown
Prima Frank Garcia Memory Hardware - Grand Rosette trim 990466
Santoro Brown organza ribbon
Prima Vintage Emporium Flowers: 586591
Spellbinders - Mini-Doilies
Tim Holtz Alterations Holly Greens Thinlits
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - - walnut