I still have a stash of cards and letters from my childhood – even those little Valentines that had a tiny photo of your classmate and were so popular in the mid-90s (or was it just my school?). I keep lots of cards because sometimes you just need to go through the stash of cards and remember how loved you are. My favorite cards in that stash are handmade. They add a dash of extra-special, don’t you think? And the great thing is – even if you are a beginner, you can totally make awesome handmade Christmas cards that your loved ones will appreciate.
Step 1: Create a background by splashing white chalk paint in a random pattern on the pre-cut kraft card.
Step 2: Place the ‘Happy Holidays’ stickers onto paper and cut out in a rectangle shape. Glue this down to the card. If you are feeling snazzy, back it again on a complementary color.
Step 3: String the little bulbs onto a small piece of floss or yarn and glue the bulbs down with glue dots (tip: cut glue dots in half).
It’s that easy! And you can make several of these handmade Christmas cards with these supplies. I like this card a lot because it has that fun handmade look but it’s also pretty stylish.
- Silhouette Cutting Machine.
- Tag Cutting File.
- Snowflake Cutting Files (this one and this one).
- Bracket Cutting File (actually a free font for personal use!).
- Dots Embossing Folder.
- Embossing Machine.
- Xyron Sticker Machine.
- Glue Dots.
- White paint (either chalk paint, white ink pad or a white glitter mist).
- Ribbons (aqua, silver, wired tinsel).
- Paint Pen (I used silver alcohol ink but I actually recommend a paint pen for this project).
- Wooden Snowflake.
I’m going to explain the steps to creating the handmade Christmas cards background because it might not be obvious looking at the card.
Step 1: Use your Silhouette Cameo to cut a tag file that is 4 x 6in.
Step 2: Run the tag through the embossing machine using the dots embossing folder.
Step 3: Use the Cameo to cut strips of contrasting cardstock (just use the rectangle shape to do this). I also applied a few dabs of white paint to the strips.
Step 4: Run the strips through the Xyron sticker machine and stick them on the lower half of the tag. The Xyron machine is a lifesaver for these small paper pieces!
Step 5: Randomly dab white paint or ink on the background.
Step 6: Use a metallic pen or ink to create splatters and dots on the top part of the background.
It is pretty obvious what I did with the rest of the card, which consists of ribbon and a few cut outs from the Silhouette Cameo (all adhered with Glue Dots). The only little trick is the tiny wooden snowflake in the middle, which I painted silver. I love the added texture and dimension from the wooden piece. Sometimes it’s the details that make it!
So, do you think you’ll make any handmade Christmas cards this year? If so, which of the two styles do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.