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How to Make Your Own Holiday Card

Making Your Own Christmas Cards: A Homemade Way to Say Happy Holidays

Handmade Holiday Card-Front. Photo by Heather PilmarThe holidays mean holiday cards. To avoid the hassle of trying to find that perfect card, I usually opt to make my own.

Even if you’re not that crafty, it’s really pretty simple to create a handmade card to give to your family and friends. If you’re not sure what color to make the card, or what to say in it, you may want do a little research first. Head to your local craft store and wander the aisles for awhile to get inspired with ideas–this is a tactic I often use before embarking on any craft project.

Once you’ve looked at all your options, you can then pick out the materials to create your own Holiday card. Some of the choices you may have picked are: embellishments or stickers that say Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings and Merry Christmas. The most common paper choices for Holiday cards are red, white, green or ivory. Add on to that some special seasonal items, like snowflakes, Christmas trees, presents and snowmen.

Now that all the items have been chosen to make the cards, it’s time to sit down and start crafting. To create the card above, ivory paper was chosen. The size you make your cards is really up to you. In this case an “8 1/2 x 11″ inch piece of paper was scored and folded, so the card would be the desired size, which for this sample was “4 1/2 x 4 1/2″ inches in size. If you want a larger card, another standard size would be “6 x 5″; in this case all you’d have to do is fold the “8 1/2 x 11″ piece of paper in half and score.

Now take the stickers and embellishments you’ve purchased and decide how you want to use them. On the front of the ivory card, a “4 x 4″ sky blue square sheet of paper, along with a red square sheet of paper will be used on top to enhance the embellishment that will be placed on the front of the card. After gluing down both the sky blue and red paper to the front of the card, let it sit for a moment to dry. Since the front of the card is layered with sky blue paper, to balance out the card, cut out another “4 x 4″ sky blue sheet of paper for the inside of the card. Glue the blue sheet down as well.

In the photo above, you’ll see how I chose the word “Joy” and three different colored present stickers. Make your card fun, for you and the receiver–that’s the most important aspect.

Interior of Handmade Holiday Card. Photo by Heather PilmarFor the inside of the card, the word “Season’s Greetings” will be placed on top of a small white sheet of paper to make the embellishment stand out against the sky blue sheet of paper (see example to left). For balance, a sticker of a present has been added to the inside bottom right hand corner.

Holiday time can be a fun time of year especially when you create handmade items. Choosing festive papers, stickers, and embellishments that represent the holidays allows every card to be unique. Your friends and family will be impressed. Happy Holidays.

Materials used:

One 8 x 11 Ivory Paper folded and scored
Two 4 x 4 Sky Blue Square Papers
One 3 x 3 Red Square Paper
One Embellishment “Joy”
Four Stickers “Presents”
One 3 x 3 White Rectangle Paper
One Embellishment “Season’s Greetings”

Heather Pilmar is the owner of Scrapping Your Way based in New York City. Contact Scrapping Your Way for custom-made scrapbooks, handmade cards, and die cut kits. Please visit www.scrappingyourway.com for more information.

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Interior of Handmade Holiday Card. Photo by Heather PilmarThe body of the card is now complete! Notice in the example how the sky blue and red sheets of paper create a layered look for the card.

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