Check out this great idea for some quick and easy handmade Christmas cards!
No matter how involved we may make our holiday cards, we all always need some ideas for some quick and easy handmade Christmas cards for those last minute moments. We loved this card from Kittie from last year so much we felt we had to share it again, especially with so many large seasonal greetings on sale! We just love how Kittie combined one large greeting, heat embossed in a luxurious metallic and with just a few die cut elements turned this into a truly delightful card. Read on to see why this card is ideally suited to mass production, too!
You can see Kittie’s whole post over on her blog here but we wanted to share some of her little tips and tricks. First, even though this looks like a total one layer card, Kittie did stamp her greeting on a panel. This makes mass producing your cards SUPER fast since you can pre-cut all your panels and just pop ’em in and out of your stamp positioner with your stamp exactly where it will be perfectly placed every time. (And yes, you can do this with card bases but sometimes the fold messes with the placement and then your greeting is off and you are unhappy. Blech.)
Kittie also made a charming frame using our Nested Scallop With Holes die and red card stock. This is another thing you can do en masse and be sure to save the extra die cuts for other projects! PRO TIP: The smallest of the die cuts from this die make ridiculously adorable gift tags!
Kittie pops the frames on the greeting panels with foam tape and then adds the whole thing as one to the card base with adhesive tape.
Another thing Kittie is known for and takes just moments but adds TONS of impact is shaping those holly leaf die cuts. You can use shaping tools like these or, in a pinch, even your fingers! This tiny step makes them look so lush and adds loads and loads of dimension, causing the eye to look inward to receive the greeting.
And the last adorable design detail is Kittie added Red Stickles to her red berries (after adding them to the holly on the card) and added a dot of the same over the “j” in the greeting. SO CUTE!
Here are the items you will want to grab – along with any greetings you see in the sale section! – to make these fun cards:
This card is proof that quick and easy handmade Christmas cards CAN be absolutely gorgeous AND have plenty of detail. Pick your favorite greeting and get started!