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Tips & Ideas for Making Handmade Christmas Cards

The last couple of years, we did a Handmade Christmas Card a Day feature.  You can access all the card ideas and tutorials in our archives;  there are 50 of them alone just from last year!  Shown here are some examples from those posts. This year, we are focusing on showing you handmade Christmas projects of any kind: altered, cards, gifts, decor, etc.  (If you missed our call for projects, you can see it here.)

We've put together a few tips below to help you when making your own handmade Christmas cards.

* Before deciding on a design for your cards, figure out how many cards you will need to make.  If you have just a few cards to make, you will feel more free to choose a complicated or time-consuming design.  If you have a lot to make, you will no doubt want to keep the time factor down to a minimum, so simple is best.

* Do up some sketches to create your design.  You can also search for online inspiration too or use one of the many card sketches available.

* When deciding on your design, keep a colour scheme in mind.  You don't necessarily have to stick with the traditional red and green colour choices.  There are many more that are acceptable for Christmas cards.  Think about aqua and red, or mint green with pink!  Picking a different selection of colours than the norm will help to make your card stand out.

* Once you have decided on a design for your cards, shop for supplies to create a sample.  Go to your local craft / scrapbooking supply store or purchase the supplies online.  To eliminate waste, you may want to only purchase enough supplies to create a sample first.  Make sure they have enough stock to supply all the cards you will need to make. Once you are happy with the sample, go back and purchase enough supplies to create all the cards you need.

* Make your cards assembly line style.  This is the fastest way to make up a large quantity of cards.  Use a Cricut or other die-cutting machine to do all the cutting for you!  This will also save you time.  If possible, get the family involved around the table to assemble the cards.  Afterall, the card is probably from the entire family!

* Take a photo of your cards.  You will be happy to have a photo of the cards you've made over time.  It will give you ideas for another year when you are looking back for inspiration.

* Keep track of your Christmas card mailing list from year to year.  If you are like me, then you will probably drop people off the list if they do not send you a card back after a few years has passed with no card!  Then again, sometimes this may be your only contact with some people.


* Don't forget the digital option!  Digitally made holiday cards are so easy to do.  You are doing the creating once and then printing them out or having them professionally printed.  It is a lot quicker than making 50 cards by hand!  There are a lot of template designs already available online or you can design your own.  Last year I used ScrapBlog to make my holiday cards.  It was so easy. You can see them here.  You could easily make your digital cards, hybrid and add a personal touch.  Try gluing on a sprig of holly or some beads to personalize your cards even further.

If you have tips to share for making handmade Christmas cards, please share them in the comments or send us an email at scrapscene (no space).

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