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Are you still recovering from your turkey coma? 🙂 Time to shake off all that tryptophan and get busy with Christmas stuff! For me, that means handmade Christmas cards.
I feel like the tradition of sending Christmas cards is slipping away from all of us. I can remember in years past getting a LOT of cards, and it was kind of a competition among everyone to see who got theirs out first. But over the years it seems like we are receiving fewer and fewer. I don’t want to live in a world where the only cards I get are from my insurance agent or realtor. 🙂 So we all have to do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen. Send out some Christmas cards!
We do something different every year. One year we used a Snowy Postcard rubber stamp on brown craft paper cards to create a vintage looking card. We just stamped the card using an Archival Inkpad in sepia.
Last year we took a family picture when my daughter was home from college for Thanksgiving and had a photo card made.
When we moved back to Texas after a few years away we sent this one letting everyone know:
This year we have decided to make our own handmade Christmas cards using an embosser. Earlier this fall, I found the cutest embosser called a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. It looks like a little purse! It could not be easier to use. No electricity, no heat, very low tech. And it works like a charm.
You just buy embossing folders with the design of your choice, like these Christmas folders.
We admittedly went a little crazy buying Christmas embossing folders. Here are a few we picked up:
Then get some Half Fold Greeting Cards in the color of your choice. We like white and even brown craft paper cards.
You simply insert the card into the folder, place it in an embossing pad, which you then place in the embossing machine. Then just turn the handle and wait for the magic to happen!
Here is one I made using a Christmas tree embossing folder:
And another using a Santa hat embossing folder:
If you don’t want to make embossed Christmas cards, there are other cute ways to make handmade cards. If you have a family of five, I’ve got one for you. Just pose everyone in the family’s hands like this and take a picture. Turn it into a fun Christmas card!
And one idea that I LOVE is using paint chips from the hardware store to make all kinds of festive designs. You can lose your MIND looking at ways to use paint chips on Pinterest.
Here’s one I made using some paint chips from my local hardware store:
You can even use paint chips to make gift tags:
So get your creative juices flowing and make some fabulous handmade Christmas cards of your own! Let me know in the comment section how creative you are! 🙂
And don’t forget to check out Pinterest: