November 26, 2011

DIY Christmas Cards

"Happy what terrorists say.
Merry Christmas."

Making your own Christmas cards is easier (and less labor intensive) than you may think and is a thoughtful handmade keepsake that recipients are sure to love. Right now is also a great time to stock up on supplies since craft stores tend to deeply discount seasonal items going in to the holidays. 

Sample Supplies

For my first foray in to crafty cards, I went primarily with a glitter theme. It's not just for strippers and Ke$ha.

Using the Christmas punchers - jingle bells, snowflakes, holly, squares for making presents - I punched fun shapes out of glitter paper. I also found some gorgeous red velvet paper that worked nicely as a contrasting texture.

Arrange your various shapes on each card before you mount them with your glue gun or glue stick. Then, add accents like bows, stickers or ribbons.

You can also add hand-written messages on the front of your cards using silver and gold paint pens or buy rubber stamps to use with red or green ink pads.

Scrapbooking paper is also an inexpensive supply to incorporate.  The green trees below came on a single sheet and I just trimmed them down to a few smaller sections that would fit on my cards.

Add a finishing touch with Christmas themed postage stamps like the ones below from Zazzle.