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Homemade Christmas Cards

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Button Christmas card.

Card making is a very popular paper craft. This Christmas try sending beautiful handmade cards to friends and family. They will treasure the sentiment and the very personal touch. This is a guide about homemade Christmas cards.

Solutions: Homemade Christmas Cards

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Christmastime Card

Use a combination of scrapbook papers and embossing techniques to create a stylish card for Christmas.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12 in glitter paper Christmas Stripes (product code #MC005) from www.upikit.com
  • 12 x 12 in Jillian apple green scrapbook paper (product code GX-1470-28) from www.coredinations.com
  • 5.6 x 2.2 in green sugar paper
  • ten 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • Father Christmas rubber stamp
  • VersaColor black stamp pad
  • clear embossing powder
  • red-and-white square grid fabric bow
  • self-adhesive Christmas stickers ~ for this project, the word Christmastime and two holly leaves were used
  • overhead transparency sheet
  • sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • quick drying glue
  • heat gun
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of pattern edged scissors
  • pair of standard scissors

Steps:

  1. Cut a piece sized 8.2 x 5.6 inches from the Christmas glitter paper and score in half to create a card sized 4.1 x 5.6 inches.
  2. Take the green sugar paper and cut it slightly smaller with the pattern edged scissors. Then, fold it in half and glue it over the fold of the card.Adding green paper edge to card front.
  3. With the fold at the left, centre and apply the Christmastime sticker onto the green sugar paper.Adding sticker.
  4. Apply ink to the rubber stamp, and then press the stamp onto the white printer paper.
  5. While the ink is still wet, sprinkle a liberal amount of embossing powder over the stamped image.
  6. Shake off any excess powder and use the heat gun to emboss the powder. The powder will turn shiny once enough heat has been applied.
  7. Cut the stamped image to a size of 2.4 x 3.6 inches and apply the holly leaf stickers below the stamped image.
  8. Cut two pieces sized 2.6 x 4 inches from the Jillian apple green scrapbook paper.
  9. Glue the stamped image onto one of the pieces cut from the Jillian apple green scrapbook paper, and then glue this to the front of the card.Adding stamped Santa and holly leaves.
  10. Take the second piece cut from the Jillian apple green scrapbook paper. Cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.4 inches from the outer edges of this piece to make a frame.
  11. Cut a piece sized 2.6 x 4 inches from the transparency sheet and glue this to the back of the frame.
  12. Use 3D stickers to adhere the frame to the front of the card.
  13. Finish it off by gluing the bow in place.

Photos included:
Photo 1: Fold the sugar paper in half and glue it over the fold of the card.
Photo 2: Centre and apply the Christmastime sticker onto the green sugar paper.
Photo 3: Glue the stamped image onto one of the pieces cut from the Jillian Apple Green scrapbook paper, and then glue this to the front of the card.
Photo 4: The completed card.

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Children's Craft: Gingerbread Man Card

Finished card.

Let your child have some holiday fun and get ready to spread some cheer, by making this project for Christmas.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • provided pattern of gingerbread man
  • 8.2 x 5.5 in light yellow marbled cardstock
  • 12 x 12 in pink marbled scrapbook paper from the Tradition Collection by Crafts Concepts, product code CR 900097 (see http://craftconcepts.com.au/)
  • pair of 15mm x 12mm wiggle eyes
  • leftover piece of red felt
  • two small silver brads
  • small red fabric bow
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • Papermate marker pens: pink and red
  • Artline 210 Fineliner Pen
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • quick-drying craft glue

Steps:

  1. Score the light yellow marbled cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.1" x 5.5".
  2. Trace the gingerbread man onto the pink marbled scrapbook paper and cut it out.Template.
  3. Cut the waistcoat from red felt.
  4. Add the brads to the felt waistcoat to make little buttons.
  5. Glue the waistcoat onto the gingerbread man.
  6. Add the gingerbread mans face: glue the wiggle eyes in place, and use the Artline 210 Fineliner Pen and Papermate marker pens to draw a mouth, rosy cheeks and freckles.Gingerbread man.
  7. Glue the bow just above the waistcoat, so that the gingerbread man will have a bow tie.
  8. With the fold to the left, use the Pilot silver marker pen to add a decorative frame around the card.
  9. Glue the gingerbread man to the front of the card.

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Spiderweb Ribbon Christmas Card

Finished card.

You can quickly and easily make this festive holiday card.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 8.2 x 5.6 in light red marbled cardstock
  • leftover piece of Jillian Apple Green scrapbook paper (product code GX-1470-28) from www.coredinations.com
  • 3.5 x 5 in white felt
  • left-over piece of red felt
  • red spider-web ribbon
  • red bow with white polka dots
  • 2 1 inch sized silicon brad pins of gingerbread man and wrapped gift
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • zigzag pattern edged scissors
  • pair of standard scissors
  • tree-shaped paper punch

Steps:

  1. Score the light red marbled cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.1" x 5.6".
  2. Glue the red spider-web ribbon across the white felt and cut off any protruding edges.
  3. Glue the red bow with white polka dots in the middle of the spider-web ribbon.
  4. Add the brads to the left and right of the ribbon. Note: It might be necessary to make a small opening into the felt before sticking the brad through the felt.
  5. With the fold at the left, glue the felt with the ribbon and brads onto the card.
  6. Use the zigzag scissors to cut two strips with a width of 0.3" and glue these to the top and bottom of the felt.
  7. Punch trees from the Jillian Apple Green scrapbook paper.
  8. Glue the trees on top of the red felt strips.

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Seasons Greetings House Card

Finished house card.

Make this Christmas card to bring Seasons Greetings from your house to a neighbor's house, and spread some Christmas cheer.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 card

Supplies:

  • 1 pattern of house
  • tracing paper and pencil
  • 1 in 11.7 x 8.3 (A4) sheet of pink patterned cardstock
  • 1 in 5 x 5 black cardstock
  • 1 in 5 x 3 white corrugated cardstock
  • 1 leftover piece of green cardstock
  • 4 paper flowers
  • 6 pearl heart pony beads
  • 8 small blue flat-sided rhinestone beads
  • 4 small red flat-sided rhinestone beads
  • silver thread
  • Foilart Super-tack glue pen
  • pink craft foil
  • tree-shaped paper punch
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • stanley knife (utility knife)
  • ruler
  • 1 sheet of ordinary white printer paper

see http://www.smokymountaincraftsupplies.com/pony-beads-heartpearl.html for a possible supplier of pony beads

Steps:

  1. Trace and cut the house from the pink patterned card stock.Template
  2. Score the house length-wise and with the fold at the top, cut off any protruding edges, so that the house will look neat.
  3. Cut out all the windows, and cut open the door and fold it back, so that the door will stand slightly ajar.Pattern cut from pink paper
  4. Glue the black cardboard to the back of the front of the house, and cut off any protruding edges.Glue black paper to back side of house.
  5. Glue the silver thread to the top of the roof ~ make a wiggly pattern. This will be the "electrical cord" from which the Christmas lights will hang.
  6. Use the corrugated cardboard to add a roof to the front of the house, and cut off any protruding edges.Corrugated paper roof added.
  7. Glue the rhinestone beads in place to complete the string of Christmas lights.Christmas lights added.
  8. Glue the paper flowers at the bottom of the top windows.
  9. Use the tree punch and punch out five Christmas trees.
  10. Glue one tree to the door, and four to the roof of the house.
  11. Use Super-tack glue to add some detail to the trees.
  12. Allow the Super-tack glue to dry for about 10 minutes. When the glue is wet, it is blue, but when it is dry it becomes transparent.
  13. Press foil down on the glue. Remember that, of course - the pink side of the foil must be on top.
  14. Rub the foil over the areas where you have added glue with the Super-tack glue pen.
  15. Carefully lift the foil. On the areas where you have added glue with the Super-tack pen, some of the foil will stay behind, thereby highlighting certain areas of the trees.
  16. Use the pearl heart pony beads to add window sills to the bottom windows.
  17. Space and print the following onto the white printer paper:
    Seasons Greetings from our house to yours.
  18. Glue the message to the inside of the card.

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Smiling Santa Christmas Card

Finished card.

A quick and inexpensive way to make a sweet Christmas card for a neighbor or colleague.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 1 A4-sheet of dark green sugar paper
  • 3.6 x 5.2 in red cardstock
  • 3.6 x 5.2 in green cardstock
  • 1 sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • 4 scrapbook photo corner stickers
  • 6 small flat-sided red rhinestones
  • red fabric bow with white polka dots
  • VersaColor red stamp pad
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • Artline 210 Fineliner Pen
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • quick-drying craft glue
  • Father Christmas rubber stamp
  • tree-shaped paper punch

Steps:

  1. Fold the A4 sheet of sugar paper from top to bottom and then from left to right.
  2. Use the tree-shaped paper punch to punch 3 trees on each short side of the green cardstock.
  3. Glue the red cardstock to the back of the green cardstock.
  4. Use the silver marker pen to encircle each tree, and add a rhinestone to the top of each tree.
  5. Add the four photo corner stickers to the corners of the green cardstock.Card before adding Santa to center.
  6. Apply ink to the rubber stamp, and then press the stamp onto the white printer paper.
  7. Allow to dry thoroughly. Then draw a circle around the Father Christmas and cut it out.
  8. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to add a border pattern all around the circle with the father Christmas, and add some shadows to the border with the Artline 210 Fineliner Pen.
  9. Lastly, add the fabric bow.Santa image.
  10. With the fold at the top, center and glue the green cardstock to the front of the card.
  11. Center and glue the circle with Father Christmas in place.

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Ornament Card

Finished ornament card.

A Christmas ornament is the inspiration for this card. Get the children to help cut out the circles and make a batch of these cards to send out as seasonal greetings.

Approximate Time: 10 mins.

Supplies:

  • 1 sheet holiday theme paper
  • 1 holiday ribbon (green with red dot metallic)
  • 1 hollyberries (from Making Memories)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • circle template (4-inch-diameter)

Steps:

  1. Fold 8 x 4 inch patterned paper in half. Then lay the circle template on fold. Draw the shape and cut it out.

    Note: I used the ribbon spool as a templateCard before folding.

  2. Cut 11 inch length of ribbon and tie into a bow. Trim the ends at an angle. Glue on top of card.Card with bow added.
  3. Adhere hollyberries in the center of bow.

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Envelope size: 5x5 in.

3D Merry Father Christmas Card

finished card

Use glitter and fluffed felt to add a 3D effect to a stamped image of Father Christmas. Add a patchwork design and Christmas-themed belt ribbon to make a card that will bring a merry message to the recipient.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 9.6 x 4.7 in light red marbled cardstock
  • 12 x 12 in Glitter Paper Christmas Stripes (product code #MC005) from www.upikit.com
  • 12 x 12 in Jillian Apple Green scrapbook paper (product code GX-1470-28) from www.coredinations.com
  • A4-sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • 0.4 in wide green and red striped belt ribbon
  • golden twine
  • Father Christmas stamp
  • black pigment stamp pad
  • 3D self-adhesive foam squares
  • flesh colored acrylic paint
  • black and red felt-tip pens
  • white felt
  • thin paintbrush
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick drying glue
  • pencil
  • ruler

Steps:

  1. Score the 9.6" x 4.7" light red marbled cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.7" x 4.7".
  2. Cut four 2.2" squares from the Glitter Paper Christmas Stripes.
  3. With the fold at the top, centre and glue the four squares to the front of the card, alternating the designs to create a patchwork.
  4. step 3 gluing four paper squares
  5. Use the black felt-tip pen to draw stitches onto the patchwork design
  6. "Frame" the patchwork design with the belt ribbon, using small drops of glue to keep the ribbon in place. Neatly cut off any protruding edges.
  7. step 5 adding ribbon edge
  8. Apply ink to the stamp and transfer the image onto the white printer paper. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  9. Add glue to the hat of Father Christmas. Cover it with red glitter while the glue is still wet and shake off any excess glitter.
  10. Cut a strip from the white felt to add around the hat, and cut a small circle from the felt for the hat's pom-pom.
  11. Add a little flesh colored paint to the face of Father Christmas, and use the red felt-tip pen to add color to his cheeks and lip.
  12. Fluff small pieces of white felt and glue onto the beard and moustache.
  13. decorating Father Christmas's face
  14. Cut a 2" square from the Jillian Apple Green scrapbook paper and use the 3D self-adhesive foam squares to affix it to the front of the card.
  15. green square in center of card
  16. Cut out the Father Christmas image and glue across the apple green scrapbook square.
  17. Make a small bow with the golden twine and glue the bow below the Father Christmas image.
  18. adding Father Christmas block

By BessieBessie [139]

Snowy Trees Christmas Card

Make a Christmas card with a row of Christmas trees against a winter background. Use Epsom salt to add some snow to the scene, and finish it off with a suitable mirror word. Make a few of these cards and you are ready to spread a message of "peace" to friends and colleagues alike.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one cardCompleted card

Supplies:

  • 9.4 x 7.4 in blue cardstock
  • 7.4 x 4.6 in white corrugated cardstock
  • dark green felt
  • light green felt
  • golden mirror word - for this project, the word "Peace" was used
  • 3 golden paper stars, cut from leftover gift wrap
  • 21 small cerise pink flat back crystal beads
  • Epsom salt
  • Heritage Spray-on Contact Glue
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)

Steps:

  1. Score the blue cardstock in half to create a card sized 7.4 x 4.6 inches.
  2. Place the cookie cutter onto the light green felt and trace all around it. Repeat so that you will have two trees. Cut the light green trees out.
  3. Place the cookie cutter onto the dark green felt and trace all around it. Cut the dark green tree out.
  4. Glue a star to the top of each tree.
  5. Glue seven crystal beads to each tree. Tip: Use tweezers to help move the crystal beads with greater ease.
  6. Decorated felt trees
  7. Take the white corrugated cardstock and cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.6" from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame."
  8. Glue the mirror word to the bottom of the frame.
  9. With the fold at the top, spray Heritage Spray-on Contact Glue to the bottom of the card. Sprinkle Epsom salt over the glue while it is still wet to add snow to the card.
  10. Blue paper with snow
  11. Glue the white frame to the front of the card.
  12. Blue paper in frame with
  13. Glue the three trees to the card.
  14. Spray the bottom of each tree with the Spray-on Contact Glue and sprinkle with Epsom salt. It will look as if the trees are standing against a snowy background.

By BessieBessie [136]

Tip: Making Christmas Cards Using Photoshop

Homemade Christmas card.I used one of your reader's ideas to make my Christmas cards for last year. I'm quite handy on Photoshop and wanted to feature my daughter Harriet in a fun way.

I was so pleased with the result and so was everyone that received the card.

Hope your readers get inspired to do photo cards as I need some more ideas for this year!

By Janet from South Wales, UK

Christmas Tree Wreath Card

finished card

Use basic material to make a gorgeous Christmas card. The focal point of this card is a wreath with some Christmas trees. Add a celebratory message and share Christmas wishes with a family member of friend. This card is sure to make the recipient feel special during the festive season.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • 11 x 5.4 in red cardstock
  • 5.2 x 5.2 in white cardstock
  • green glitter foam sheet
  • left-over piece of red cardstock
  • 11 small multi-colored self-adhesive rhinestones
  • clear stamp phrase
  • clear acrylic block
  • black pigment stamp pad
  • Christmas-shaped paper punch
  • 2 plastic lids: one with a diameter of 4.4"
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • clear-drying gel glue (such as Bostik Clear)

Steps:

  1. Score the 11" x 5.4" red cardstock in half to create a card sized 5.4" x 5.4".
  2. With the fold at the top, centre and glue the white cardstock to the front of the card.
  3. Place the 4.4" plastic lid onto the foam sheet and trace all around it. Cut the circle out.
  4. Place and centre the 2.3" plastic lid onto the foam circle and trace all around it. Cut out the inner circle to make the base for the wreath.
  5. green wreath
  6. Glue the wreath to the front of the card.
  7. Draw a bow onto a piece of left-over red cardstock and cut it out.
  8. red bow
  9. Punch nine trees from the red cardstock.
  10. Glue the bow and trees to the wreath.
  11. wreath with trees and bow added
  12. Press the clear stamp phrase onto the acrylic block and cover it with the black ink.
  13. Transfer the phrase onto the red bow.
  14. Add a small rhinestone to the top of each tree.
  15. wreath with message on bow and rhinestones added to tree tops

By BessieBessie [139]

Craft Project: Button Wreath Christmas Card

This button wreath with red gems creates a beautiful card decoration. I have chosen kraft cardstock for a modern, seasonal card.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes

Supplies:

  • kraft and white cardstock
  • green buttons
  • red gem stickers
  • gold gem sticker
  • red grosgrain stitch edge ribbon
  • Christmas 3D sticker - Believe
  • Elmer's dot adhesive
  • scissors
  • double-sided adhesive
  • pencil
  • 2 inch circle template (used as a guide)

Instructions:

  1. Fold 9 x 5 1/2" of kraft cardstock in half to make a card.

  2. Cut 3" square of white cardstock, then adhere it to the upper center position of card.

  3. To make wreath, place the circle template in the center of white square card and trace around it lightly in pencil. Use dot adhesive to attach buttons around the circle shape and add red gem stickers on each button. Closeup view of card.

  4. Adhere red bow on top with a gold gem sticker.

  5. Cut 4 1/2" length of red grosgrain ribbon. Attach to card along the bottom.

  6. Affix dimensional sticker.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA Straight on view of finished card.

Craft Project: Spotting Santa Cut-out Christmas Card

Add the dimension of depth to your cards, really easily, using only pieces of cardboard!

Approximate Time: bit more than an hour

Supplies:

  • blank sheets
  • colors (pencils, crayons, pens, whatever :)
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil
  • eraser
Supplies for Spotting Santa Christmas Card

Instructions:

Note: It will probably help to make a rough sketch of the card before starting on it. Girl spotting santa christmas card

  1. Draw and color the different parts of the card on separate sheets of paper and cut them out. For example, I folded a blank sheet and colored it fully to make the background. I made the door frame, the girl, and the gift-box, on separate scraps of paper and cut them along their outlines. (This is the process that takes up most of the time). Spotting Santa Christmas Card Step 1

  2. Take small pieces of cardboard and paste them on the back of the cut-outs with glue. I wanted the door frame to be above the girl and the gift box even more in front. So, I glued one piece of cardboard on the girl, two, on the door frame, and three, on the gift-box. Spotting Santa Christmas Card Step 2

  3. Finally, paste the cut-outs on the card, and add whatever finishing touches you wanna add (like, I drew in, the shadow of Santa).

  4. And...it's done!

By Gunja from West Bengal, India Spotting Santa Christmas Card

Craft Project: Felt Poinsettias Card

Felt poinsettias add interest and texture to this holiday card.

Approximate Time: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • white and lime green cardstock
  • felt poinsettias, approximately 2 inches in diameter
  • Making Memories mistletoe patterned paper
  • KandCompany BW Peppermint Twist Collection patterned paper in dots print
  • KandCompany Christmas Cheer felt stickers
  • KandCompany Christmas Cheer adhesive paper ribbon
  • Recollections, dimensional sticker (Joy to the World)
  • EK Success 2" circle punch
  • double-sided tape

Instructions:

  1. Fold 7 x 10 inch white cardstock in half to make a card.

  2. Cut 7 x 1/2 inch strip of Mistletoe patterned paper. Adhere to the top edge of card.

  3. Cut 7 x 4 1/2 inches from dots patterned paper. Adhere to card.

  4. Using double-sided tape, adhere a row of 3 punched circle shapes from lime green cardstock to card. Attach felt poinsettias.

  5. Place 7 inch length of Christmas Cheer adhesive paper ribbon across the card. Affix "Joy to the World" sticker to the center.

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA Felt Poinsettias Card

Craft Project: Nativity Christmas Cards

For most card makers the upcoming Christmas event will be celebrated with handmade joy. This darling, but to the point Christmas card is easily made from just a few supplies. They will bring joy to the heart of the receiver, by remembering the real reason for the season and reminding others of your faith. You can make many of these up in an hour. The end result will look like Scherenschnitte a famous German cutting technique that is very popular and takes lots of time and precision.

Approximate Time: 20 in 30 minutes or less

Supplies:

  • 1 image of a Nativity scene in black and white (per card)
  • 1 piece of card stock (5 X 7 inches) per card
  • type written or stamp saying "Keep Christ in Christmas"
  • 1 sheet white computer paper
  • printer
  • rubber cement
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Take the computer paper and print off in black and white a picture of the nativity scene. Make sure the size will fit your card stock. (My card stock was recycled from a publishing plant and it is 5 inches x 7 inches. My picture measured 2.75 x 1.5 inches.) Nativity Christmas card 1

  2. Print off "Keep Christ in Christmas" on another piece of paper sized to fit your card stock and image. Nativity Christmas card 2

  3. Fold your 5 x 7 inch card stock in half. Nativity Christmas card 4

  4. Cut out the Nativity scene around the edges and glue it in place on the outside of the folded card stock with the rubber cement.

  5. Next cut out the "Keep Christ in Christmas" and paste it under the Nativity scene. (You can make your envelope or use an already made invitation envelope.)

  6. Add some nice words to the inside of the card and you are done.

Suggestions: These make great fast and easy paper cutting cards and are very popular. Copy your Nativity scene and words on a copy machine to give it a really dark look. You can embellish your card more if you like, but with this particular card I wanted it to look like German paper cutting. I think it gives it finesse. I love to use the rubber cement on quick items because if you goof up you can rub off the glue easily and clean up is fast.

By Gem from VA Nativity Christmas card 3

Season's Greetings Card Set

Closeup of finished card.

Decorate a kraft card and envelope with lovely holiday embellishments. Create a tag to make it more fun.

Approximate Time: 40 mins

Supplies:

  • kraft card and envelope (Michaels)
  • Recollections Basics red small dots paper (Michaels)
  • Primary Pin Dot cardstock- red (Michaels)
  • K& Co. BW Evergreen Botanical Grand Adhesions
  • gold Season's Greetings self-adhesive (Michaels)
  • Making Memories FaLaLa paper holly leaves
  • 2 inch circle punch, hole punch
  • baker's twine-red, lace
  • glue stick, double-sided adhesive, scissors
Supplies.

Steps:

  1. Cut 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle from red small dots paper. Adhere to the right side of card with double-sided adhesive.
  2. Attach paper holly leaves and 3D embellishment to the center of card.
  3. Next, make 21/2 x 3 1/2 inch tag from red dot cardstock. Cut off the two corners, about 1 inch from both sides with a scissor. Using a hole punch, punch a hole at the top of tag.Punch hole in tag.
  4. Punch a circle shape on a piece of white cardstock. Adhere 'Season's Greetings' self-adhesive, then punch a hole at top of tag. Insert baker's twine through holes and tie into a bow. Accent it with 3D embellishment.
  5. Embellish envelope with lace, paper holly leaves and 'Season's Greetings' self-adhesive.View of the envelop, card, and tag finished.
Finished card set.

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Craft Project: Let It Snow Card

Make this fun Christmas card for a special friend, and let him start dreaming of a white Christmas.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 5.6 inches x 8.2 inches red cardboard
  • green cardboard
  • 5.3 inches x 3.6 inches brown riffled cardboard
  • a few sheets of ordinary white printer paper
  • small wooden Christmas ornament (approximate size 1 inch x 1 inch)
  • 2/8-inch wide red, silver edged, organza ribbon
  • one clear plastic bag
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • pair of pattern edged scissors
  • standard paper punch
  • clear Sellotape
  • quick-drying glue

Instructions:

  1. Fold the red cardboard in half to create a card sized 5.6 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
  2. Use the pair of pattern edged scissors to cut a piece of green cardboard sized 5.5 inches x 4.0 inches.
  3. Use the pair of pattern edged scissors to cut a piece of green cardboard.

  4. Glue the green cardboard to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  5. Now glue the Christmas ornament to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  6. Glue the Christmas ornament to the front of the card.

  7. From the plastic bag, cut a piece sized 4.5 inches x 3.1 inches.
  8. Use the sellotape to stick the plastic bag in place over the Christmas ornament, again ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges. Only stick three sides with the sellotape ~ leave the top side open, so that you can add the "snowflakes."
  9. Use the sellotape to stick the plastic bag in place over the Christmas ornament.

  10. Use the standard punch to punch the white printer paper ~ the circles that you have punched, will be the "snowflakes." The more circles you punch, the more snowflakes you will have.
  11. Add the snowflakes to the bag that you have placed over the ornament.

  12. Add the snowflakes to the piece of bag that you have placed over the ornament and use the sellotape to seal the top side of the bag.
  13. Use the sellotape to seal the top side of the bag.

  14. Take the piece of brown riffled cardboard. Cut out the inside, leaving a space of 1 inch from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame."
  15. Glue the frame to the front of the card.

  16. Glue the frame to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  17. Make a small bow with the ribbon and glue it in position in the top right corner.
  18. Make a small bow with the ribbon and glue it in position in the top right corner.

  19. Cut a piece of white printer paper that can be glued to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.

Photos included:
Photo 1: Use the pair of pattern edged scissors to cut a piece of green cardboard.
Photo 2: Glue the Christmas ornament to the front of the card.
Photo 3: Use the sellotape to stick the plastic bag in place over the Christmas ornament.
Photo 4: Add the snowflakes to the bag that you have placed over the ornament.
Photo 5: Use the sellotape to seal the top side of the bag.
Photo 6: Glue the frame to the front of the card.
Photo 7: Make a small bow with the ribbon and glue it in position in the top right corner.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng

Tip: Ideas For Handmade Christmas Cards

four cardsNeed some inspiration for your handmade Christmas cards? I came up with these clean and simple cards which can be reproduced in minutes to give to your friends and family. The materials used: cardstocks, decorative papers, embellishments, ribbons, and rub-on sayings. Tools: decorative scissors, scissors double-sided adhesive, and paper trimmer

By Maricel from Fairfax, VA

Tip: Making Christmas Cards With Family

I love to involve my children in our homemade cards and gifts that we give away. Christmas cards are a family project. Last year we made the cover of the card like Eric Carle. My children painted on tissue paper using greens, white, gray and silver. My oldest taught the younger the art technique she learned at school. We then cut out tree shapes and glued them to the front of the cover. They turned out darling and received many compliments.

By Jennifer

Christmas Stocking Christmas Card

finished card

Make a Christmas card with a Christmas stocking as the focus point. Fill the stocking with memories of love, joy, and peace, and you are ready to share some special Christmas wishes with friends and colleagues alike. The beauty of this card is that it requires few materials, and is really a thrifty way of spreading some festive cheer.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card

Supplies:

  • printed copy of provided pattern of Christmas stocking
  • 8.2 x 5.4 in green cardstock
  • 5.2 x 3.7 in piece cut from white printer paper
  • felt in the following three colors: black, white, and red
  • three red stars
  • red glitter
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • sewing pins
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • clear-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
stocking template

Steps:

  1. Score the green cardstock in half to create a card sized 4.1" x 5.4".
  2. Make the background for the card: Use the Pilot silver marker pen to draw small squiggles on the 5.2" x 3.7" piece cut from white printer paper. Use the same pen to draw a frame around this piece of paper.
  3. silver squiggles
  4. With the fold at the left, centre and glue the background to the front of the card.
  5. Cut out the pattern of the stocking.
  6. Use the sewing pins to pin the bottom part of the stocking to the red felt and cut it out.
  7. Do the same with the top part of the stocking and the white felt.
  8. red and white felt stocking
  9. Glue the stocking to the front of the card.
  10. placing stocking on card front
  11. Add the three stars to the top of the stocking.
  12. Cut a thin strip from the black felt and use this to make a bow.
  13. Glue the bow in place just below the top of the stocking.
  14. Add a drop of glue to the bow's knot. While the glue is still wet, dust the glue with glitter and shake the excess glitter off.
  15. finished card with stars, bow, and glitter

By BessieBessie [139]

Craft Project: Santa Christmas Card

Make a cute "Santa" Christmas card easily!

Approximate Time: less than an hour

Supplies:

  • colored papers
  • colored pens
  • cotton
  • glue
  • scissors
Santa Christmas Card Supplies

Instructions:

  1. Fold a colored paper to make the card. Cut a round shape out of another paper (preferably skin-colored, you may even color a white paper with crayons :). Santa Christmas Card step 1

  2. Place some cotton on the card. Then, put the round cut-out on top of it and seal it from all sides with glue, as in the images. Santa Christmas Card Step 2

  3. Glue some cotton on the face to make beard and mustache (I rolled a small piece of cotton and glued it on top of the beard to make the mustache look separate from the rest of the beard). Santa Christmas Card step 3

  4. Cut a red piece of paper in the shape of Santa's cap. Glue some cotton at its base. Then glue the cap on the head of Santa. Santa Christmas Card Step 4

  5. Finally, cut a small piece of red paper in the shape of mouth and stick it. Draw the eyes and glue a tuft of cotton at the tip of the cap. Then write your message, and it's done! Santa Christmas Card Step 5

By Gunja from West Bengal, India Santa Christmas Card

Craft Project: Snowflake Christmas Card

Use some left-over material to make a personalized Christmas card for a special family member or a friend.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

  • 8.2 inches x 5.7 inches white cardboard
  • 5.5 inches x 3.9 inches left-over red felt
  • small strips cut from left-over black felt
  • a piece of left-over emerald green cardboard
  • three scrapbook snowflakes
  • red glitter
  • Modge Podge
  • thin paintbrush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pair of standard scissors
  • quick-drying glue
  • tree-shaped paper punch
  • one sheet of ordinary printer paper
  • one matching envelope

Instructions:

  1. Fold the white cardboard in half to create a card sized 5.7 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth. Piece of White Paper

  2. Paint the edges of each snowflake with a little bit of Modge Podge, and sprinkle the glitter over the painted edges while the Modge Podge is still wet. Pink Snowflake embelishment

  3. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  4. On the computer, type the phrase "Merry Christmas" in a suitable font and print it out. Draw a speech bubble with a pencil around the phrase and cut it out. Sheet of paper with Merry Christmas printed on it

  5. Take the piece of red felt. Cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.8 inches from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame."

  6. Glue the frame to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges. Snowflake Christmas Card Step 4

  7. Add thin strips of black felt on the left-hand side and right-hand side of the frame and cut off any protruding pieces.

  8. Glue the phrase in place at the top of the frame. Snowflake Christmas Card Step 5

  9. Now, glue the three snowflakes in place. Snowflake Christmas Card Step 6

  10. Using the tree-shaped paper punch, punch several trees from the piece of emerald green cardboard. Snowflake Christmas Card Step 7

  11. Glue the trees in position over the black strips of felt.

  12. Cut a piece from the emerald green cardboard that can be glued to the inside of the card, where you can write a message.

By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng Snowflake Christmas Card

Tip: Handmade Christmas Cards as Gift

My daughter-in-law is very gifted in creating beautiful scrapbooks and greeting cards, so every year for my birthday, which happens to fall in November, I receive a lovely array of handmade greeting cards including a minimum of 20 Christmas cards (she always asks how many I need). She creates the outside of the card and then I create my own Christmas message and attach it to the inside of the card.

These cards have become a tradition with me and my family. Everyone loves to receive a Christmas card that is so personalized and I get to share a wonderful bond with my daughter-in-law. This is also very frugal as the cards serve as a birthday gift for me and double as a beautiful Christmas message for the people I love. Thankfully handmade gifts are coming back in style!

By grandmafudge from Laurel, MT

Tip: Homemade Holiday Cards

I buy plain cards and envelopes and a stamp for my holiday cards. I use clear fixative on the stamp, stamp the card, sprinkle with glitter (usually silver) and then use a heat gun to set the design. I use a smaller stamp and do the same thing on the envelope. I have used a Victorian house stamp, a Nativity stamp, holly, garland, etc. and they all turn out very nice and professional looking. Everyone always enjoys getting these 'high-end' homemade cards! Give it a try - see what you think!

By Vickie from Phoenix, AZ

Tip: Make Your Own Christmas Cards

You can use any paper that you have on hand, like scrap paper, construction paper, etc. Cut and fold the paper so it will fit into an envelope. Decorate the outside of the card with stamps or pictures from old Christmas cards that have been sent to you. On the inside write, type or stamp your message.

For my close friends, I put a family picture on the inside with a "Merry Christmas" stamp. You can make them as simple or as fancy as you like. Buy a box of envelopes and there you go!

By Peggy from Leawood, KS

Tip: A Little "Something" in Christmas Cards

I don't do much gift giving at the holidays, but I do like to send out Christmas cards and enclose a little "something" inside the card. I have a Cheery Reindeer word-find that I copied out of an old magazine and I am going to enclose that inside some cards. I also have printed off an easy recipe for Breakfast Cheese Danish and I used a recipe card with a gingerbread man and candies on it that I got for free from http://www.alenkasprintables.com;

That recipe is going into the cards that I send to family and friends that like to bake. For my book reading friends, I found some thin, satin bookmarks to slip inside their cards. I like to add little surprises to the cards and these items are so small that they don't add to the weight or change the amount of postage needed.

By Paula from Christmas, MI

Easy Fa-la-la-la-la Christmas Cards

Blue card with faces.

Supplies:

  • one piece of cardstock or a plain white card
  • one piece of colored background paper
  • scraps of flesh-toned paper
  • scraps of embroidery floss
  • scraps of ribbon
  • fine-lined marker
  • glue stick
  • white craft glue
  • circle punch

Directions:

  1. Fold your piece of white cardstock in half or use a "decorate yourself" plain white card.
  2. Cut your colored background paper to fit and using the glue stick apply adhesive and cover the white card with the colored paper.
  3. Using a circle punch, punch out the flesh-toned paper to make three faces. You can trace around a pop bottle cap and cut with scissors if you don't have a punch.
  4. Apply the glue stick to the back of the faces and adhere to the card.
  5. Using a fine tipped marker draw on faces, making the mouth shapes into an "0" so it looks like they are singing. I used a little blush to color the cheeks by applying it with a cotton swab.
  6. The hair is made by wrapping the floss around two fingers and tying it in the middle; I trimmed the boy's hair, but left the girl's hair with the loops that are formed when you wrap your fingers.
  7. Tie small bows from scrap ribbon and use white craft glue to apply them to the girls' hair and the boys' collar.
  8. Draw musical notes around the card.
  9. Use a marker to write the words "Fa-la-la-la-la" on scrap cardstock, or print out the words from your computer and cut with scissors.
  10. I used scalloped scissors, but you can use straight paper scissors if you don't have craft scissors.

I set up an assembly line when making my cards and just repeat multiple steps to make up lots of cards at one time; the kids can help by punching out the faces.

By Paula from Christmas, MI

Picture Frame Cards

Photo frame card decorated with stylized trees.If you spend hours staring at Christmas cards at the store thinking about how impersonal it is to send pre-printed cards, then there is no better way for you to send out your own greetings than through these picture frame cards. They are simple and offer you more than one way to personalize your Christmas greetings. Plus, if you have kids, these are a great way for them to get involved in sending out your holiday cards this year.

Supplies:

  • cardstock
  • glue (craft glue or glue sticks work best)
  • picture
  • scissors (both regular and "fancy")
  • craft knife
  • decorations: markers, glitter, crayons, stickers, feathers, buttons, beads, sequins, and more

Instructions:

  1. Take measurements of your envelope, because your card will need to be a good fit for your envelope.
  2. Cut one piece of cardstock in a square 1/4 inch smaller in both length and width from the envelope. This is the frame portion of the card.
  3. Cut another piece of cardstock twice the size of the first square and fold it in half. This is the card portion of the card.
  4. Use a marker or pen to write your greeting inside the card.
  5. On the frame portion of the card, you will need to cut out a rectangle from the center of the card leaving a frame of 1 inch thickness on each side. A simple way to cut out the center is to use your craft knife.
  6. Place glue on two opposing sides of the backside of the frame portion.
  7. Glue frame to front of card.
  8. Decorate the frame with markers, glitter, and other items and let dry.
  9. Slip picture in open side of frame.
  10. By Kelli Mahoney

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Questions

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Question: Making Christmas Cards

Where can I get the template for the "A Christmas Story" with the flagpole?

By Renee B.

Question: Recycling an Old Christmas Card into a New One

How can I turn an old used Christmas card into a newer Christmas card, that is also cheap, creative, fun, and that several people can enjoy?

By Nikki from Bedford, PA


Most Recent Answer

12/11/2012

You can use matching coloured paper folded to fit inside the card. Glue the paper to the back of the card where the person writes their greeting. I have actually bought cards that are made this way.

Question: Homemade Christmas Cards

How can I make the cutest christmas cards for my friends? They need to be cheap.

Brittney from Burlington, Iowa


Most Recent Answer

By Dora10/05/2009

I found some great ideas for the greetings or scriptures you can use on home made Christmas cards. Some are simple, some really pretty quotes. They also have free downloads for Christmas fonts. http://www.christmascardsayings.net

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Archive: Homemade Christmas Cards

Does anyone have any ideas for making homemade Christmas cards?

Jill from Shavertown, PA


RE: Homemade Christmas Cards With Kids Artwork

This year the girls drew a design on the front of the blank cards and I followed the design with white glue. We then sprinkled the tiny sparkly glass marbles you find in the scrapbooking aisle. So festive! (12/01/2005)

By Kelly

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards With Kids Artwork

I collect old Christmas cards and re-use parts of them for collage cards I also incorporate with scrapbooking embellishments Ask you church members to give you the old cards

WIth a little creativity and some other scraps of ribbon, paper, stickers these can be made into package tags, post cards, gift bags and boxes. Not only do you save money but you have fun doing it (12/02/2005)

By Diana

Homemade Christmas Cards With Kids Artwork

Last year we made wonderful, meaningful and inexpensive Christmas cards. I saved up my then 2 year olds finger paintings throughout October and November and then cut them into smaller rectangles using a decorative scissors and then glued them to the front of plain cards. You can get a large pack of plain cards and envelopes at Michael's Craft store pretty cheaply. I then let my little girls use a glue stick to put glue and glitter on the fronts. They turned out so cute and so many people commented on how they made them smile. By Kelly (12/05/2005)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

Using scrapbooking stuff is really cute! They have cute things that you can make cards with. Everything from buttons to cut outs! Its a really great spot to start. And hey you might get hooked on it and start scrapbooking! Also, you can make cute ones on your computer... you can take pictures of something or someone cute and put it on a card.. the ideas are endless...hope it helps. (12/05/2005)

By hole_puncher

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

Find some Christmas material with large patterns such as gingerbread men, snowflakes, bells, etc. Cut around the item, and using scrapbooking glue, paste it to card-stock. You could also just make a pattern of the size of the front of your card and cut a piece of material to fit. I did this with Halloween cards one year and it was lots of fun. You have to be careful of your cards curling up so maybe place under something heavy after the glue dries. (12/06/2005)

By carlaraeb

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

My college daughter used paper bags she got from the grocery store and created her own.

You can get plenty of pictures from magazines that someone might toss, use the letters for title pages, etc. You can even get pictures from the computer to print out, and don't feel bad if you can only print in black and white, as many people enjoy black and white photo's. You could also make black and white photo's from a time past that you would want on your card(s).

One year we took all our Christmas cards, and made new ones with card stock, paper bags, etc.

Starting this year, save fun pictures from magazines, advertisements, and cards that you receive. Then turn them into magic. You could also check out your dollar stores, craft stores, etc. throughout the year and pick up little things that you can use to embellish them. Ribbon on spools at great clearance prices add a lot of charm as well.

To make an envelope, just take one the size you would want to use, open it up and make a pattern from it. Keep the pattern for future use.

Enjoy! (12/06/2005)

By DDSS2000

Homemade Christmas Cards

Here is the card I made this year. I tried some new techniques I learned by going to a rubber stamping/card making class. (12/06/2005)

By Katie A.

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

I have been doing this for years now. I save my cards & my kids give me theirs. When you get a card most of the time the people don't write on the side with the picture, so you cut it in half & use it. Ok now you can put double sided tape around the whole card & then you put in about 1/2 in lace on top of the tape. The other way is you punch holes around the card then you single crochet around it. You can do this all year around. It saves a lot i haven't brought any cards in 6 - 7 years now. Have fun. (12/07/2005)

By Joyce wis

Archive: Homemade Christmas Cards

I want to make some homemade Christmas cards this year. Does anyone have any patterns and/or ideas?

Sheri from Modesto CA


RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

Here is a tip for the envelopes you'll need. After christmas is over and stock is down to 75-90% off, buy those packs of card and use the envelopes for future use. Donate the cards to school or family center and everyone makes out on the deal. (10/25/2006)

By mikki

RE: Homemade Christmas Cards

I have been making cards for years and every one loves them in fact a few of my cards have been framed and put in places of honor in my friends homes. Some of them have been hand painted, you can look at some of Donna Dewberry's snowmen, it was very easy. She also paints a teddy bear that is simple. Last year I took muslin and ironed fusable web on it, cut out snowmen took chalk and lightly colored the edges some in blue and some in brown. Cut felt hats and and scarves and glued the parts on a card. I made faces with permanent marker. They were adorable. Any of the cards I make using material I always back the material with fusable web to make gluing it easier. (11/29/2006)

By Sam