If you are a papercrafter like me, you have probably learned that you need an early start on Christmas cards since you send out a lot at one time. I have been making my own Christmas cards for years now and people begin to expect a homemade card from you. They make a statement! I have had recipients of my cards tell me they save them and put them out every year!! I have had several people tell me they do this! WOW!
The above card is my card this year. I did get a really early start on it. I went to a weekend long craft retreat in January of this year and this was what I worked on. And yes, it was hard to do Christmas cards in January as I remember being tired from all of the festivities of the holidays and was ready to move on to spring themed projects. Now I am glad I have these done. I still need to add some finishing touches to them but they are mostly completed.
Here is another card with different colors but the same layout
I believe I like this one the best after all! But this is the only one I made like this. The Designer Series Paper that I used is retired but in the supply list I will post an alternative that will work great as well. This card was a lot of work! If you make this one do it assembly style.
- Cut all your cardstock and DSP to the appropriate sizes.
- Emboss the Whisper White panel with your Embossing Folder and Big Shot
- Adhere the panel pieces to the front of your folded card
- Cut out the trees and stars with the appropriate thinlit die using the Big Shot
- Cut out the sleigh with the appropriate thinlit die using the Big Shot
- Adhere the trees and sleigh to the front of your card
- Stamp and adhere greeting to front of card
Do these steps as your time permits even on separate days. This way you won’t get tired of working on the same project. Just work ahead-thus the theme of this post “Christmas in July”. You do not want to wait to when all the hub-bub of the holidays begin to start making your holiday cards! You won’t do it! You will be tempted to just go buy a box of cards! So work ahead!! Your card recipients will love getting your homemade cards!!
I recommend adhering the sleigh to the card and top metal part of the sleigh using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets pictured below,
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If you are wondering why I did not post this is July, we had a death in the family July 26. My precious father-in-law died! He was 99 years old. We were all consumed with his failing health with many trips to the hospital toward the end of his life. He was totally healthy and living in his home up to January of this year. His decline was sudden! He aged 40 years in 6 months time. He was completely with it and active up until that time. He developed Atrial Fibrillation and it made him weak and then went into CHF. The picture below was taken last year on our annual family vacation. We will miss him!
I think the theme and timing of “Christmas in July” is a good one, so I made it the title of this post. It is just posted a little late. In simple terms, make your own Christmas cards, but get an early start! Plan ahead!
I hope you enjoyed my card and it inspires you to CREATE! I will post supply list of this card below.