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Handmade Cards for Christmas

Updated on September 27, 2012

Handmade or manufactured Christmas cards?

Christmas time is coming soon... All of us love to receive presents, cards and celebrate holidays in nicely decorated homes. That's why most of people are trying to prepare everything (gifts, greeting cards, decorations) ahead of time, when we won't rush and will pick a perfect gift for each person from the list. With the gifts there are always cards where and from whom this particular present is come from with Christmas wishes for a year.. While receiving a huge amount of cards each year, which ones we're treasuring most? Right, the ones are unique, that ones you won't find in packs for sale, that ones the sender took the time to make by hand with love... Handmade cards say so much more than store-bought (manufactured) cards, in my opinion... A handmade Christmas Card shares a little of your passion for paper crafting, along with a whole lot of love and friendship.

Christmas ideas for school fundraiser.

My two younger kids are attending Academy, new public school in our area. Most school has different kinds of fundraisers, and this school isn't an exception. But because of financial problems almost each family is experiencing lately, the parents decided to hold a meeting where we all will discuss how we can raise the money for school without actually donating any money...

Last year the school had started a fundraiser to raise money to buy musical instruments for the Rhythm and Movements class.

As it was middle of November I had suggested making handmade holiday cards for Christmas, using collage or scrap-booking technique, drawing or painting them or using techniques, I've mentioned, all at once.

I had made for this event handmade Christmas cards, and gave those cards to the art teacher as an example, and each class in school was making at least 2-3 cards per each child... Then each card was sold $5 (each)...I donated a few of my drawings, also other parents donate their crafts for this fundraiser... Plus there were a lot of other art ideas, the great food were served, and of course, kids performance was simply amazing! This event took place in the small Lutheran Church in our area and many people were attended this event! As a result of everyone's hard work the fundraiser was a huge success!

Card making

Card making is the craft of hand-making greeting cards. Many people with interests in crafts such as scrapbooking and stamping have begun to use their skills to start making handmade cards. Card making is becoming a popular hobby.

There are many different variations of handmade cards including decoupage, more commonly known as 3D, where a design is printed a number of times, then various areas of the design are cut and layered on top of each other using double-sided sticky foam squares to mount the layers together to create the 3D effect making a very attractive greeting card.

Favorite type of Christmas cards?

What type of cards would you like to send to others?

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History of cardmaking

The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

In Europe people started to create and exchanged their handmade paper greeting cards only in early years of 15th century. However, by the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing and mechanization. The greeting cards become more popular and much cheaper than before... Because technical development was moving forward so fast and with help of color lithography, computers manufactured greeting card industry leaped forward in few huge steps.

But in 80-s of 20th century (about 25-30 years ago) the trend began to turn, and people once again start looking for greeting cards that were different from the standard offering/ manufactured; and amount of such people still increasing.

How to make handmade Christmas card

How to make 3-D Christmas Card

It is great to have some specific scrapbooking or cardmaking supplies, but if you don't have any then you can simply look around your house for stuff you would be able to turn into beautiful handmade Christmas cards. For those cards, that I'd made for school I used up all my scrapbooking scraps and everything I found around the house (foil, Christmas theme and other wrapping paper, ribbons, white and color paper, old Christmas cards, Christmas theme tape, etc.).

Christmas scrapbooking cards ideas

Scrapbooking

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely and increasingly practiced pastime in most developed countries.

History of scrapbooking.

With the advent of affordable paper, precursors to modern scrapbooks became available to a wider array of people. Beginning in the 15th century, commonplace books, popular in England, emerged as a way to compile information that included recipes, quotes, letters, poems and more. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests. Friendship albums became popular in the 16th century. These albums were used much like modern day yearbooks, where friends or patrons would enter their names, titles and short texts or illustrations at the request of the album's owner. These albums were often created as souvenirs of European tours and would contain local memorabilia including coats of arms or local artisans commission works of art.

Christmas Stickers for scrapbooking

How do you like your Christmas card: with saying or without?

What kind of saying would you prefer to have on your Christmas card?

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Pop Up Christmas Tree Card

More info and ideas for cards and scrapbooking

I'll add more links each time I found something interesting...

Do you like this lens? Did you learn something new from it? Please let me know...

Any comments will be grately appreciated.

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    • puzzlerpaige profile image

      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my lens! Your cards are awesome - some ideas I've never seen.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      I love getting hand-made cards. Nice lens.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I didn't do so well on your quiz, but learned a lot about Christmas cards.

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      desilegend 6 years ago

      You have been featured on Squidoo List Of The Best Handmade Christmas Decorations. Thanks for great lens!

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      mtonlife 6 years ago

      Very nice. Handmaid cards reminded me my childhood. It's time when I did cards for every holidays for my family.

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      Very inspirational! I love receiving and making handmade cards.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Handmade artifacts always stand out. Nice quizzes. Merry Christmas!