Everyday life can be hectic and stressful. But, during the holidays it can be downright crazy!! It can also be difficult during the holidays to carve out some time to see all your friends and family. Which is exactly why I decided to get creative and design handmade Christmas cards to send to them; letting them know I’m thinking of them at this busy time and wishing them a joyous holiday season.
Each night I worked on them I looked forward to that quiet time to sneak away and get creative. It actually helped me feel a little less stressed too! After sending off these festive cards, I felt like I had just sent each recipient a little holiday gift made from the heart (that I hoped they enjoyed opening).
My short goals list at holiday time:
- Buy everyone a gift (which can be impossible to do). This DIY card fulfills this goal: Check!
- Relax, get creative and create something beautiful and handmade (which can also be impossible). Again, this handmade card fulfills this goal: Check!
- Done and done!
It seems everyone is doing DIY photo holiday cards these days. So, I decided to lend a personal touch to this holiday season with these creative handmade holiday cards. This project did take me a little over two weekends to create, but, I was very pleased to be sending these handmade cards out to friends and family!
Let’s get started.
When I first laid eyes on the Martha Stewart™ snowflake punch, I admit, I thought there’s no way this is going to go smoothly. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use the punch and to be able to position it where I needed to was an added bonus (since my vision for this card didn’t have the punches at the bottom or sides where you typically see punched cards).
Most of the supplies came from Michaels® (I really should own stock in this company!). To make it easy for you to recreate these cards, I’ve provided below a complete list of supplies which are easily searchable on the internet.
- Value Pack Cards & Envelopes by Recollections™ (5″ x 6.5″)
- Martha Stewart™ Punch All Over the Page Snowflake Paper Punch*
- Stampendous Wood Stamp, Country Snowman**
- Seasons Greetings Rubber Stamp
- Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Inkpad-Matte, Graphite Black (or any black stamp pad of your choosing)
- Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted 2015 Colors, 24-Count
- Warm Your Heart Rubber StampNew by: CC
- Handmade By Wood Stamp by Recollections™
- Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter, Crystal, 4.58 Ounces
- Bulk Buy: Martha Stewart Crafts (3-Pack) Glue Pen Wide Tip M012011
- Craftsmart Ink Pad in Red and Kelly Green
- Mini Snowflake Stamp from Michaels®
- Recollections™ Bling on a Roll Embellishment Decorations
- Red Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 50 Pack from Cardstock Warehouse 65 Cover
My inspiration for the colors on the snowman come from the traditional holiday colors, red and green. But, you could do literally any color you wanted. I had a hard time deciding between red or winter blue as the background to the snowflakes because I felt red looked better on the snowman but winter blue would’ve looked better behind the snowflakes.
But, in the end I chose red as I didn’t want too many colors in this project. I wanted it to look festive but not like a candy store. 🙂 Besides, that just means I now must do another snowman holiday card just so I can use my other color choice!
On the inside cover, I glued basic red card stock down (which is what shows through the punched out snowflakes). Then stamped out the quote, glued on mini red snowflakes and added a center crystal embellishment.
I love the wording of the stamp quote, “May the spirit of the season warm your heart all year long”. It’s our tradition each year, as a family, to sit down at the table and we will each sign the holiday cards before they go out. My daughter loves doing Christmas cards!
Of course, no project of mine is complete without a little glitter! For this project, I used a glue pen to outline the snowflakes with glue, poured some glitter on them (see image above), waited a few seconds and then gently pressed down on the glittered area (to make sure I achieved optimal sparkle!). I then tipped the card over to remove the excess glitter that didn’t stick to the card.
On my first attempt at the snowflake glitter I had used a Martha Stewart Crafts® Fine Tip Glue Pen, but, that didn’t work. So I decided to go with a wider tip and switched to the Martha Stewart Crafts® Wide Tip Glue Pen and it worked perfectly!
Tip: If you don’t want to get glitter on your hands, simply place a piece of paper over the glittered area before pressing down.
I also used glitter under the snowman and on the fur of his gloves, to mimic sparkling snow. This really tied together the front cover.
Here’s a close up of the completed card. For my very first handmade holiday card ever, I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out! And the best part of using rubber stamps is that you can use them over and over again. You just change out the colors and maybe add other elements and it’s a whole new design.
As we all prepare for the upcoming holidays and in case life gets crazy for me in the coming weeks, I’d like to wish each and every one of you fabulous BTD fans a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Holiday and New Year!
If you are inspired to create handmade holiday cards don’t forget to share by tagging me on Instagram and using #btdinspired, I’d love to see your work (and I just might repost your photo)!
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I just really love the product(s) I’ve willingly chosen to feature. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.