Winter Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make

I love to use seasonal themes when I make all-purpose cards, such as birthday and thank you cards.
I love to use seasonal themes when I make all-purpose cards, such as birthday and thank you cards. | Source

When you're making greeting cards in the winter, they don't necessarily have to be used for Christmas or Valentine's Day. All of the ideas here can be used for those holidays, but they are also perfect for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or baby shower. Consider winter color palettes as well as themes such as snowflakes, polar bears, and sledding. Happy crafting!

This article covers the following ideas for winter cards.

So Many Possibilities!
Snowflakes
Pine Trees
Sledding
Snowmen
Outerwear
Penguins and Birds
Hot Drinks
Winter Quotes
Polar Bear
Blue Sky With Snow

Tip: Don't be afraid to mix and match themes for your cards!

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Snowflakes

There are so many ways to depict snowflakes on greeting cards. Consider stamps, stickers, paper cut outs, and freehand drawing. Capture the rich detail of genuine snowflakes or go for an abstract interpretation. Many people opt to use a mounting material to make a single large snowflake or multiple smaller flakes "pop" off of the page.

How to Make a Snowflake Pop Up Card

Lauren cut out strips of magazine pages and glued them to the back of plexiglass to create these unique, modern pine trees.
Lauren cut out strips of magazine pages and glued them to the back of plexiglass to create these unique, modern pine trees. | Source

Pine Trees

While you can depict bare trees for winter cards, many people appreciate the pop of green that pine trees offer during months when this color is not prevalent in nature. Create detailed trees with lots of needles or opt for block trees as Lauren did. Both effects can be aesthetically pleasing. Don't be afraid to play with the colors of the trees, too. There is no single magic color palette that will work for every card.

Vintage Christmas card from 1885-1895 era.
Vintage Christmas card from 1885-1895 era. | Source

Sledding

Sledding is a classic winter card image that has been used for hundreds of years. There are lots of iconic vintage Christmas cards, such as the one on the right, that depict sledding. You can capture all of the details of the sled and the sledders or you can opt for a simpler image in silhouette or sledders from a distance.

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Snowmen

Snowmen bring back happy childhood memories for many people who grew up in climates with snowy winters. One of the best parts about including snowmen on cards is adding details to them, such as hats, scarves, and eyes. Add dimension to the snowmen with elements such as buttons, sequins, and fabric.

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Outerwear

Hats, mittens, coats, and gloves add a classic touch to people in a winter scene, but they are effective winter card elements on their own, too. Look for patterned patterns and fabrics for your winter outerwear. Give your cards extra personality with unique or funny outwear such as hats with animal ears or hats with real pom poms on the tops.

These little birds can be used for all sorts of winter card designs.
These little birds can be used for all sorts of winter card designs. | Source

Penguins and Birds

There are so many cute ideas out there for penguin cards, including ways to accessorize them with scarves, hats, and more. If you want to go a different route, consider winter birds, such as cardinals and sparrows. Alternatively, make your own depictions of sweet song birds hanging out on a cold winter's day.

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Hot Drinks

A hot mug full of a favorite drink can make anyone's cold winter day a little brighter. No matter what the mug of your choice may hold, seeing a mug on a card will put a smile on your face. If you're giving a coffee shop gift card or a tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or other hot drink gift, pairing a card with a coordinating image is perfect.

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Winter Quotes

You can pair a winter quote with any of the themes in this article or you can use it as a focal for a simple card with a classic winter color scheme. I've included a resource below with winter quotes if you're looking for inspiration beyond the tutorials here.

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Polar Bears

There is something about polar bears that appeals to people more than other types of bears for winter imagery. You can use photos for any of the themes here, but polar bears lend themselves particularly well to photography.

Polar Bear Under a Night Sky Card

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Blue Sky With Snow

Highlight the beauty of snow by contrasting it with a bright blue winter day or winter night sky. There are a lot of beautiful cards out there with a winter night sky filled with stars and a bright moon. Pine trees can add a nice touch in the foreground or background. Consider how you will group the trees to add to the card's composition.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

As always new creativity from you. I am going to check out some of the links and I love the selections. Thanks for sharing..Voted UP+++


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Carol! I appreciate your support.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

These look like so much fun and would be I know. What family fun this could be. I will go check out some of your links too. I have done some digital ones with versus from my poems, it would be nice if i could use those. Thanks for all the info! ^


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Jackie, I'm glad that you found so many great resources here!


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi randomcreative,

What an excellent idea for making winter inspired cards! Love the different themes you showed and all the resources to get the creative juices flowing! Definitely using this myself and will link it into my card section on creative gift making!

VU, Useful, Awesome, Interesting Shared and Pinned! Another super article from you! Thanks for sharing :-)


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing multiple resources!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Suzie and Tina! I'm glad that this is useful for so many people. I appreciate the votes and shares.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Lots of great ideas here for winter themed handmade cards.. thank you so much for sharing :) I'm especially partial to the snowflake ones!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Jamie! I'm glad that you found so many ideas here that you like.


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Kris Heeter 3 years ago from Indiana

These are beautiful card ideas and handmade has so much meaning! Thanks for sharing these!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Wonderful hub! I love your suggestions for winter greeting cards and your craftsmanship is so beautiful!


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

Lovely and beautiful and creative and so much more!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Kris, Cyndi, and Audrey!

Kris, I agree that handmade cards have so much meaning.

Cyndi, I can't take credit for most of these cards, but they are gorgeous.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

These are beautiful greeting card ideas! I especially like the hot drinks, outerwear and sledding. It's so nostalgic. I sometimes make cards and I think it's so much more personal than buying one commercially. Thanks for these ideas!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, vesapwoolf! Those themes make me nostalgic, too. I definitely agree about making cards.


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viking305 3 years ago from Ireland

I too make greeting cards and some of your ideas here look so interesting. I will be reading these hubs that you have written with anticipation.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

A very interesting and useful hub loaded with information and ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Votes up and sharing!


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missolive 3 years ago from Texas

I still have some holiday pictures I'd like to send out. This seems like a great idea for making these mini and memorable gifts unique. Creative as always, thanks! Voted up and shared


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

It's great to hear that, Viking. Thanks!

Thanks, livingsta!

That's great, Marisa. :) Thanks!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

These are all great ideas. I especially love the "hot drinks" card. I really would love to make time to make my own cards. Sending something in the mail, to me, still means so much and way more than a note through FB or email. Thanks for the link too Rose!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Sharon! I agree with you about sending something in the mail.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Nice! I love all of these ideas. Cards are still so neat to give and receive, especially homemade ones. So creative! Many votes and sharing!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Vicki! Yes, I agree!

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