This Christmas, I wanted to do something a little special for my family and friends. I don't usually give cards for Christmas, but this year, I thought it was about time I shared the love a little! I don't know about you, but I always get so much art supplies and stationery stuff (and my mom does too so together we have a huge box of supplies) but I never use them - lack of time, of motivation, of skills (let's be honest here!). I've gathered all of my Christmas craft supplies to create my own DIY cards. I'm sharing with you what I ended up creating, hopefully this will give you some ideas if you want to make Christmas cards as well!
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I used simple cardboard papers to make the 'bases' of my cards, and I covered them with plain white paper (as shown in the first photo). I decided to go for a very simple design, with white, red, blue and green colours - and some gold highlights, as you'll see as we go on. For each of the three cards, I glued a Christmas paper design in the centre, while leaving some white space all around it. I can't remember where I got the Christmas supplies from, but I'm sure you can find similar ones in lots of arts and crafts shops! For example, for the card shown above I used a pretty paper, I love the cute 'North Pole' sign and the scalloped edges. I added a little 3D Santa, to fill the space a bit more.
I did the same with the envelopes, in which I glued some pretty 'frames' to put the names in. As you can see this is all very simple, but the designs are so cute that they don't need much more! Now let's see the details I added to the cards to make them look a little more festive.
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The first thing I did was to write a little message on my cards, using a gold felt tip (again, you can find these in many stores). I kept it short and sweet, because I want to write personal messages at the back of the cards, for each person I'm giving them to. Gold always works great for Christmas cards - or anything related to Christmas really! This is why I've added some gold tinsel of the cards, it immediately looks a lot more festive! I used superglue because tinsel can be quite hard to work with.
This is pretty much everything I've done! As you can see I have three cards with the same type of design, for three of my closest friends. Now I need to make more, for other friends and for family. I'll try to do something a little different this time, although I really love these cards - maybe something a little more colourful!
I won't be showing a photo of the final result right now, because it would give away the whole thing - I don't think my friends will read this, but just in case I want to keep it secret until I give the cards to them. I'll be adding a final photo when I've given each their card haha.
Do you like giving cards to people for Christmas? Do you buy them or actually make them yourselves ?
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