3 Ways to Make a Traditional Christmas Card
Ho Ho Ho It’s Chriiii….. In a holly jolly mood, I’m here today to share with you 3 very different and effective traditional Christmas card ideas for you to send to your nearest and dearest. Nothing quite says Happy Christmas better than a handmade card!
Gingerbread Man Card
To begin the first design that I am going to share with you today, start by cutting squares of three different sizes, each in different patterned/coloured cards. Of course scissors will achieve this, but for mine I used the handy Hobbycraft paper cutter.
Mount your square cut-outs and stick down with hi-tack glue, then cut equal sides around them as you go along.
Add as many layers as you wish, but remember the more you add, the heavier the card will be. I used three different squares in a range of sizes, and each square had three mounted layers.
Hobbycraft is best known for the crazy amounts of amazing embellishments they have in all of their stores. If you’re like me then I’m sure you can spend hours and hours browsing through all of their aisles. They have oodles of Christmas embellishments to choose from and I just LOVE these little wooden gingerbread men!
I mounted all of my squares in alternating angles, and dressed a little gingerbread man with a red bow tie. Use Hi-tack glue to ensure all pieces are well stuck in place!
Now it’s time to grab your plain dye card in any colour of your choice, and attach the main feature to the card. I then finished the look with a ‘Merry Christmas’ glitter embellishment, which you can also find at Hobbycraft.
For my second design, I’m going to demonstrate how you can make a ‘present unwrapping’ look. Begin by cutting a piece of double sided, patterned card to the same dimensions as the card itself.
Use a pen and ruler to carefully draw a straight line approximately 1/3rd of the way up on the right-hand side of the card. Draw the line 2/3rd across the width.
Cut along the line, then carefully fold the corners outwards to create a winged effect.
Use the folded flaps of card to draw an outline on to another piece of coloured card and draw a 1cm outline around it.
Once you have your outline, cut it out and attach it on to the inside of the flap.
You should now have something that looks like the image shown above. One you’re at this stage it’s ready to mount on to the card itself. Use hi-tack glue to ensure it’s all properly stuck down in place.
Decorate your card with a border, I used Hobbycraft Christmas patterned washi tapes to get this look. I’m loving the green glitter tape especially!
Now it’s time to craft an embellishment of your choice to stick down on top of the joining areas of card. I made a paper poinsettia by cutting flower stencils and layering them. Then decorated with glitter and a button. Copy my idea, or design your own!
Attach the decoration on to your card as shown below.
Use a button or thick sticky pad to add some height to the embellishment for a 3D effect.
I then hunted out my favourite gold metallic Sharpie and coloured in some small wooden letter embellishments (also found at Hobbycraft!). It’s a great way to avoid getting smothered in paint and the Sharpie draws on really well and is completely smudge-free.
I attached the letters ‘JOY’ in between the folded areas of card to make it appear as if it’s in the opening. Here’s the final look…
For my third and final design, I’m going to share with you how to easily make a ‘hanging stocking’ design card, which will need to be made in a horizontal orientation.
Mount some wood-effect card (or any card of your choice!) and layer in on to some more plain card for a 3D effect.
Begin by drawing a stocking template and use this to draw around 3 different patterned cards of your choice. Then, carefully cut out your stockings.
Use the top, heel, and toe area of the stockings to draw an outline for the decoration layer.
Cut out all pieces and lay them out. Be careful not to lose them as they’re quite fiddly and small!
Attach the pieces to the appropriate area of the stockings to create the final look. You should now have some completed stockings that look similar to the image below…
Find a piece of ribbon in any colour of your choice, and tie it around the width of the card about 1/3rd of the way down. Use the Hobbycraft mini wooden pegs to hang the stockings on to the ribbon.
Finally, add any word embellishments of your choice. I once again used a gold metallic Sharpie on the mini wooden letters and spelled out ‘Ho Ho Ho’…
And there we have it! A simple, fun and cost-effective way to create the BEST handmade cards to send to your loved ones. Stick to one design or mix it up and go for all three… Don’t they look great?