F is for Family

Welcome to my ABC Holiday Series! Holidays are all about celebrating different occasions with family and friends! Many people send family photo cards for the holidays. I like to take a photo and add a personal touch to make my own holiday cards for family and friends. I send a lot of cards so I need it to be simple and this gate fold card with a belly band is just that…quick & easy!

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I love to make fun fold cards and the gate fold is one of the easiest! The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 1/8 on each end. I used Whisper White as my card base and added (2) 2 x 5 1/2 strips of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to get the most cuts from my 12 x 12 DSP so I added some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape down the sides. You could use silver foil or just leave it white.  I like the added sparkle to tie in with the DSP and other silver elements.

The belly band is my favorite part! I cut a 3 x 10 Night of Navy cardstock and wrapped it around my card (creasing it as I went) and secured the ends with Fast Fuse on the back. I stamped my sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set on Whisper White using Night of Navy ink. (I love this sentiment for a photo card!)  I cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered it on a silver foil circle I cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. I use my shape framelits all the time!  (These are on my list of favorite things!) I wrapped some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon (LOVE THIS!) around my belly band and tied a bow. The ribbon makes the card in my opinion! I added a glue dot under the ribbon to keep it secure.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

It is easy to just slide the belly band off to open the card.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I like that the gate fold card allows you to display the card so you can see the photo on the inside.  You can stamp a sentiment on the side or add a handwritten note.

With my children in two different states it gets harder and harder to get everyone together.  (The photo was taken during our summer vacation.)  I am looking forward to the holidays this year! We will be traveling to Massachusetts to celebrate with all 25 family members.  YEA!!!

Here are a few more Christmas photo card ideas from previous years.

I made a fold over flap for this photo collage I had printed at CVS. (Talk about quick & easy!!) Click on the image to see the original post with directions.


I used My Paper Pumpkin kit (and refill kits) to make this photo card a few years ago.

November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, Simply Snowflakes

The last one is an easel card (another favorite fun fold). Click on the image to see the original post with directions and more photos.


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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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5 thoughts on “F is for Family

  1. Fabulous fun family photo. I love that belly band to hold it together with that ribbon. It is fun to see the different family photos and the cards.

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