Homemade cards for Christmas are a great alternative to store-bought cards. Making your own cards can save money and choose your own greetings. Instead of settling for what stores have to offer and paying a fortune for the fancier cards, why not make homemade cards for Christmas this year?
Tip #1. First you will need to choose the general theme for your homemade cards for Christmas. Do you want a religious or secular theme? Do you want a little of both? Once you decide on the general theme, you can narrow your focus to make your own cards for Christmas.
Tip #2. Next you will need to choose a style for your homemade cards for Christmas. Do you want a traditional folding card? Would you prefer a postcard style when making your own cards? Perhaps a family newsletter will be more appropriate for you this Christmas season.
Tip #3. You will need envelopes for mailing your homemade cards for Christmas. Be sure to get the size that best fits the card style you are making for a well-planned look. I have purchased envelopes for half-fold cards at office supply stores in the past.
Tip #4. Once you have chosen the general theme and style for your homemade cards for Christmas, it’s time to think about supplies. Pre-cut folded cards can be purchased by the pack at most craft stores. Be sure to check stores your local discount and office supply stores, as they often offer these options as well. For a family Christmas newsletter, decide if you want plain or pre-printed paper.
Tip #5. Now you have chosen the base for your homemade cards for Christmas. How do you want to decorate them? You can print several family pictures on one page off of your home computer to cut and add to your card. You can choose a craft stamp as the center of your decoration. Only your imagination will limit you when making your own Christmas cards.
Tips #6. What additional colorings would you like to add to your homemade cards for Christmas? Color can be added with markers, stamps, paint, colored pencils and more. Small craft stamps can be used around the border of cards for a beautiful look
Tip #7. Don’t rule out glitter. Glitter can be a wonderful addition to homemade cards for Christmas. You can choose loose glitter, glitter glue or even glitter pens. Just be sure the glitter will fit the theme you are trying to create.
Tip #8. Embellishments can be an important part of your homemade cards for Christmas, just be sure not to overdo. Too many embellishments will take away from the theme or design you are trying to portray. The year I made cards for Christmas, I used a craft stamp of the three wise men with gold embossing powder. My embellishment was a simple small rhinestone glued to where the star was shining. Simplicity can have a big impact when making your own cards for Christmas.
Tip #9. Choose a greeting that matches your general theme and decorations of your homemade cards for Christmas. You can find all types of Christmas sayings from Christian to funny at Christmas-Sayings.net. You can choose to write the greeting yourself with colored markers or calligraphy markers. My preference is to print them off on the computer in a nice font style, cut to fit inside the card and glue inside the card. This prevents handwriting mistakes when making your own cards for Christmas.
Tips #10. Don’t forget about the post office. You will need extra postage for handmade half-fold cards. Postcards should be placed in postcard envelopes prior to mailing. A family newsletter can be mailed in a #10 envelope if you desire. Check with your post office for specific mailing requirements for your finished homemade cards for Christmas.
For some homemade Christmas card ideas, visit Michael’s. There are pictures and instructions for 40 homemade cards for Christmas. Even if you don’t choose one of their options, you should be able to get some ideas for making your own Christmas cards.
Homemade Cards for Christmas Are Fun, Unique and Personal
When making your own Christmas cards, you don’t have to worry that your recipient might receive a duplicate card. You can express your creativity and own personal style however you choose. This year, take these tips and create homemade cards for Christmas.
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