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With the holidays fast approaching, you’re probably already making a start on your Christmas card list for this year. Plus, the 9th of December marks World Christmas Card Day, celebrating the first ever commercial Christmas card, so you’ll want to have all of your season’s greetings made up and posted by then! Shop bought cards can be lovely, but there’s something extra special about a handmade card that is carefully crafted and personalised to each of your recipients.
Christmas trees are one of the most festive things you can imagine, so they’re an obvious addition to any festive card! A pop-up design is a fun and exciting way to send your well wishes, and this honeycomb paper folds flat for easy posting. We have a great tutorial for this three-dimensional card – why not go for a contemporary twist and create a tree in unusual pinks and oranges?
If you’re a crafter, it's very likely that you have an abundance of small pieces of fabric lying around, just waiting for a project to make the most of them. With this clever card, you can use your scraps that are too small for most projects to create a lovely patchwork design. Mount your sewed masterpiece onto a brightly coloured panel of card, and add another level of detail with some scalloped-edge scissors, like these Creativ Paper Edgers - 10 Assorted Scissors.
Twine has a certain rustic charm that can make a lovely effect on any card. Mostly used as a finishing touch or a final embellishment, twine is often overlooked, but don’t be afraid to make it the main event. Use hot glue to position the twine into a festive sentiment, or fill a whole Christmas tree or reindeer shape with the material. Try our Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Striped Bakers Twine (2mm/25m) - Classic Jute for a natural, organic effect.
If you’re in a time crunch, washi tape is most definitely the answer for a striking design that takes very little effort. Choose a festive selection such as our Washi Tape 10 Christmas Designs and all you’ll need to do is stick the tape in a linear pattern, then add a sentiment. Simple!
Here’s one that the kids can get involved with, too! Finger painting is a quick and easy craft that little ones will love, and it adds a great personal touch. A fingertip blob of brown paint makes the reindeer head, and older kids can then use fineliner pens to add details like the antlers and a cute red nose. If your helper isn’t quite old enough to draw antlers yet, even just a squiggle will do! These designs don’t have to be perfect – It’s all part of the homemade charm.
If you can’t decide between all the festive shapes out there, why not use as many as possible in one card? A shaker style card filled with mini die-cut pieces is such a fun way to pass on your season’s greetings. Simply die cut an aperture from your card blank, and secure mini die-cut festive shapes inside the gap behind a piece of acetate.
What could be cosier than a roaring fire? Recreate the effect using your most festive dies combined with a wonderful Christmassy paper collection. You can find a tutorial for this great living room scene here, but if you fancy getting creative, you could try replicating your own living room onto the card!