Yes, that's right, it's still September… but if you are planning on making your own Christmas cards this year, then you may be getting your ideas together now. It's a big undertaking so you may need some time to work on them!
Here are some tips to get you going:
– Decide on a design. If you are planning on making a lot of Christmas cards to give out, then make sure you keep your design simple and be sure that you can get enough of each individual material to create all the cards you require.
– It is easier to make your cards in an assembly line format. Start by cutting out your card, sized correctly. Cut as many as you will need. Then set to work folding the cards in half using a bone folder. Have all the embellishments laid out and pre-cut so they are ready to adhere to the card. Do all the gluing at once. Do all the inking and stamping at once. You will find this helps speed up the process and makes the monotony of creating the same card over and over again not quite so tiresome!
– Get the family involved. Get everyone around the kitchen table working to help speed up the Christmas card-making task. Assign them each a station with a task to complete. One can do the bone folding, one can cut embellishments, one can glue embellishments, one can address the cards, one can stuff the envelopes, etc. Play some Christmas carols to get everyone in the mood!
– Not into making a Christmas card this year? Don't drop the tradition all together…. in this day of Facebook and other social media, it is easy to stop card giving. Print out a nice photo to use as a holiday photo card or post card. If you're PhotoShop-saavy, then by all means decorate your photo digitally before printing it. There are lots of free digital scrapbooking and hybrid embellishments available which will help. Making a digital card is quicker than hand making each individual card as you are doing the work once and simply printing out however many you need. Plus, it will still show your friends you care. Everyone likes getting snail mail!
Here are some fun Christmas card ideas to check out for inspiration:
– Brenda Walton shows some Christmas cards made with new holiday diecuts. For ordering information, click here on her site. To view the rest of the cards, click here. I love the stocking card, shown at right.
To view another post on Christmas Card Ideas including tips on how to get organized making your own cards this season, please click here.