Want to make your own Christmas cards this year? It’s so easy and much more fun than just buying a box of cards off the shelf. Invite friends or children to make them with you and you just may start a holiday tradition that you’ll look forward to each year. Here’s some tips for how to make your own Christmas Cards.
How to Make your own Christmas Cards
Gather up some supplies and ask friends to bring some as well. Here are some things that are good to start off with:
Rubber stamps in Christmas images, ink pads in festive colors, scissors, construction paper, oaktag or card stock, wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper, glue sticks or rubber cement, good ink pens, foam board, markers, crayons, sequins, glitter, white school glue, envelopes, various colors of ribbon, hole punch, family photos, embossing powder and a heat gun.
With the supplies listed above, you can make a range of Christmas cards that are unique and interesting.
Start off with your rubber stamp images. You’ll want to have on hand angels, holly, Santas, reindeer, elves, or any other image that says Christmas to you.
Pick a card size that will fit in a standard envelope. You don’t have to make a square or rectangular card. You can cut your cards into any shapes you like. Just be sure that the finished version fits in the envelopes you have on hand.
Select a paper. Scrapbooking papers or wallpaper work well in addition to regular card stock and construction paper. Start to design your card. You can cut out an ornament shape that your recipient can hang on their tree. Cut out an oval or round shape. You’ll punch a hole and string a ribbon through the top.
Let’s say we are going with an oval ornament shape. (You can do teddy bears, Santa hats, reindeer or any other shape for the outside of the card.) We will want to find a rubber stamp that will work well with the shape. You can either stamp one large rubber stamp on the front of the ornament or lots of tiny ones. After you’ve stamped your image, quickly sprinkle on embossing powder. This is a powder that, when heated, will create a 3D raised image of the stamp outline. Shake off the excess powder. With a heat gun (available in the Rubber Stamping aisle of a craft store), slowly melt the powder and stop heating just before it becomes liquid. Let it set for a minute and you’ve got a raised image now.
Decorate the back with a family photo or simply write a message on the back. Your card will be pretty enough to be hung on a tree or mantle.
Other ideas for rubber stamps include stamping them and cutting around the edges. Put foam core behind the image and glue to a piece of festive paper or card stock. The image will look raised. Place white glue around the edges of the card and let children sprinkle glitter on. There are any number of ways you can use sequins and embellishments. Play around with different ideas.
No two cards need be the same, or they can all be identical. It just depends on how you want to do it. Be sure to let children write their names on the cards and include the date so the recipients will remember which year they got them.
About the author
Pinkchic18 is a writer who has a passion for party planning and crafty fun. She is also a contributer to the Holiday Gifts & Baskets Blog. When you are looking for holiday gift baskets this year, be sure to check out the Holiday Gifts & Gift Baskets website for wonderful Christmas gift ideas.