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Christmas Cards, How To Get New Ideas | Tips | Card Making

Updated on September 3, 2015
Card made using HOTP supplies
Card made using HOTP supplies | Source

Yep ! It's that time of the year again !

And it all begins at the end of November for your Christmas cards, you've promised yourself since back in August that you'll get started next week yet now that the last postal dates are looming on the horizons, we are now panicking and in our despair we're thinking I'm never going to be done creating all my handmade greeting cards !!!

Old Crafts' Supplies Can Still Be Used

I totally hear you about getting started and not having an ounce of inspiration. I, too, have an endless supply of cardmaking kits with Christmas and Holidays themes but they all look so old and, let's face it, soooo last week.

Good news is that the recipients of your christmas cards won't know the difference (unless they're cardmakers themselves - then it's a bit trickier). Sometimes one can jazz up an old kit with new techniques making the look of your cards fresher and fun.

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Use Baker's Twine and Card-candi

Start by using baker's twine, it seems to be a very trendy look at the moment and you can add it as a ribbon, cord like wrapping or simply across your cards either vertically or horizontally.

Yep they're back with that homespun look, use them to create a Christmas tree, as a bordering edge either using the same colour or going wild with different bright colours, you can also using Card Candi, these faux brads made out of cardstock which look totally the part.

Go Victorian with Doilies and Distress Using Inks

For that vintage feel, get yourself a pack of doilies from your local dollar/pound shop and use them as is or distress them with your favourite ink to match any Victoriana/Vintage vignettes you have lying around ( you can find some royalty free on google too ). What I like about the 'shabby chic' look is that it gives your handmade greeting cards with that vintage look just by using some elements and distressed overall look.

Make Some Elements Pop by Using Glitter or Gilding Flakes

Glitter or gilding flakes are fun to use and can really bring out some elements on patterned papers. Less is more so highlight poinsettia tips, ribbon edges or a swirly flourish pattern. It will make your christmas cards designs stand out and give a glint to your holiday greeting cards.

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Use the Stationery Look with Brads

Using fun shaped metallic brads with Holidays and Christmas cards themes is another way of making your cardmaking more interesting. A good company for those is Hot Off the Press (HOTP), you can look for them on their website; they have lovely ginger bread men, chocolate mugs and wreaths in various sizes and shape, I can never get enough of them.

Combine the Two: Make a Card with a Gift Pocket for Vouchers

Gift cards is another cool idea saving you time and pondering what to give, create a card with a pocket large enough to insert a gift vouchers or gift cards so that you hit the proverbial two birds with one stone. Again HOTP comes to the rescue here as they have recently released some gift cards template to help you in making your Christmas handmade greeting cards.

Make Boxes to Go with Your Christmas Cards

If you want to go the extra mile with your gift cards idea you could also pair them up with gift boxes : add little trinkets, chocolate or candies/sweet with a festive flair. There are so many templates out there just google them, you can just print them out and trace them on your favourite patterned papers or even wrapping paper (always good to upcycle unused leftovers stationery from previous years).

In Conclusion

So there you have it between baker's twine, button, doilies, glitter or gilding flakes, mettalic brads and gift cards; you have plenty of ideas for your handmade greeting cards for this holiday season.

Have you got ideas or tips on how to freshen up your own handmade Christmas greeting cards ? Then share them with us leaving a comment below, I'd love to see what you do to jazz up your own creations. Thanks for taking the time.


I have received samples from Paperwishes/HOTP to make greeting cards for promotional purpose although I also have purchased supplies from this retailer in the past.


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      Fabrizio Martellucci 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Thank you Avril, glad you liked the video by Sara, she's brill.

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      Avril Watson 2 years ago

      Fabulous tips, and I love the video, so clever and so simple, will be trying that out. xxxx

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      Fabrizio Martellucci 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Thank you Karen, brilliant tips. Yes to keep it simple especially if you have 50-100 cards to make, as you'll get the 'conveyor belt' feeling....yikes ! LOL Thanks again for leaving a comment truly appreciated.

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      Karen 2 years ago

      Thanks so much for posting this; it gives me much-needed encouragement and inspiration to press on! :-)

      Only tip I can think of sharing right now is: If you have a batch of cards to make, keep it simple; Using quick tools like embossing folders can really help to create great effects with less work. You can always enhance your embossed cards by sanding or running an ink pad over them to highlight areas further. Hope that helps!

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      Fabrizio Martellucci 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Thank you ! Good tip for inspiration :D

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      clever ideas. You know, I usually drop by the book shop, snap some photos and combine two cards into 1