Making handmade cards is time consuming so why not get together with a few friends and you can all work on your cards together. It will make the time seem to go by faster. Last year I made about 50 cards that were actually mini books with a mini newsletter and photos inside. (See photo in this post here.) This proved to be very time consuming – not sure if I will attempt this particular project again for awhile! Another year, I sewed on handmade felt embellishments to the cards (photo below right.) I ended up stopping at about 10, due to the length of time they were taking to create. For the remainder of the cards, they ended up being a lot plainer!
Here are a few tips to help you be a productive card maker:
– Decide on your mailing list. Do you send a card to everyone in your address book? Just friends and family? Or, perhaps you only send cards to those who you receive them from in return. Either way, it is a great way to keep in touch with people who you don’t hear from very often.
– Decide on your design. Once you’ve figured out this part, gather your supplies together and make a prototype.
– Cut out all the required pieces in advance.
– Place them in order out on a table, then try putting them together assembly-line style.
– Be sure that your card will fit into a standard sized envelope or you will have a tonne of handmade envelopes to make too!
– Make sure you get a head start on this project as the final mailing date will approach very soon!
To read our previous posts showing ideas and links to Christmas card ideas, please click here. Below are some more ideas to inspire:
Shutterfly has introduced a new Digi Scrap Holiday blog. You can get lots of ideas for creating Christmas cards, plus even grab a few free digital elements to get you going. Jen Wilson created this free holiday tag download which you can get here. (Shown at left.)
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