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Simple Handmade Christmas Cards

Updated on June 15, 2013

Making your own Christmas cards can be easy and FUN!

Making your own Christmas cards is as easy as cutting up some paper and gluing it back together. Add a few beads, some ribbon, and sparkle, and you have really easy yet truly amazing Christmas cards to send to friends and family.

The trend with handmade cards is that they're getting challenging. Many require expensive tools and cartridges, use layers upon layers of materials, and require additional postage. I like to keep my designs simple enough that anyone can make them, and classy enough that anyone would love receiving them. I let the paper and the embellishments do the work.

Creating Keepsakes Holiday Quote Printables Cards

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A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011

MORE Creating Keepsakes Holiday Quote Printables Cards

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A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011
A card made using the Creative Keepsakes 25 Holiday Quotes free scrapbooking printable, December 2011

Five tips for keeping your cards simple

I like cards that don't have TOO much going on, so I traditionally use only a few colors of paper, one 3D embellishment, and only enough brads or sparkles to do the trick.

  1. Keep it simple. You don't need a lot of embellishments or sparkles or layers. A few main elements is perfect.
  2. Use free printables for personal cards. Cut them out, matte them with cardstock, and arrange them on patterned paper.
  3. Let the paper do the work. If you have a busy pattern, let it show through and decorate the card for you.
  4. Foam tape adds POP to your card without adding so much bulk you need extra postage.
  5. Stickles and glitter glue can add sparkle without adding the bulk of brads.

What do you need to create handmade Christmas cards?

A few simple supplies will help you create lovely cards for our favorite holiday!

Colorbok Christmas 12x12 Scrapbook Page Kit
Colorbok Christmas 12x12 Scrapbook Page Kit

Any pack of coordinating scrapbooking paper will get you well on your way to creating cards that match as well as dazzle.

 
Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Arctic Snowflake
Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Arctic Snowflake

Snowflake punches are one of the most versatile. They can be used for winter birthdays, Christmas, New Years, all the way through to Valentine's day and for any winter invite. I even love layering them with flower punches.

 
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers, Season's Greetings
Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers, Season's Greetings

Matte a card and add a simple sticker for REALLY easy handmade Christmas cards.

 
Jolee's Boutique Themed Ornate Dimensional Stickers, Christmas Gifts
Jolee's Boutique Themed Ornate Dimensional Stickers, Christmas Gifts

Matte a card and add a simple sticker for REALLY easy handmade Christmas cards.

 
K&Company Elizabeth Brownd Visions of Christmas Mat Pad
K&Company Elizabeth Brownd Visions of Christmas Mat Pad

Any pack of coordinating scrapbooking paper will get you well on your way to creating cards that match as well as dazzle. Plus, much of this paper can be used for other holidays. No one has to know!

 

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    • bjslapidary profile image

      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Very nice. Love the quotes.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Very nice. Love the quotes.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love making cards. These quotes are perfect for finishing Christmas cards just right.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Good projects. Nice Lens.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      nothing is nicer than something from the heart and made with your own hands, great job!!!

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these fun ideas and especially thanks for sharing the quotes.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a delightful selection of Christmas cards.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I love printable quote graphics and word art - for cardmaking, scrapbooks, gift tags and bookmark crafts.

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      SiochainGraSonas 6 years ago

      Great idea! I love the lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Love this idea. So nice to get something that was made from the heart these days. Nice lens

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      This would be fun with the kiddies

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      DonMiguelito 6 years ago

      Great lens! Nice job.

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      jaredsgirl 6 years ago

      What a wonderful Christmas lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing.

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      BlondeBomber 6 years ago

      great ideas and nice lens. :)

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      TopToysForKids 6 years ago

      :) Great lens, very professionally done! =)

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      KhairuZiya 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing, great lens

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very lovely and I like the movie quotes!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      I've always wanted to make cards myself, but I don't seem to have the creativity. These look simple and elegant. Great lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      I use to make all my own Christmas cards and even write letters every year. I've stopped doing that the past few years because of time. I'll have to start back...next year!

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      cool card ideas

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      bradhughes 6 years ago

      Good source! You gave lots of great ideas. Thanks!

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      nursecraft 6 years ago

      I love making hand-made Christmas cards and this lens makes it all look so easy! Wonderful job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love handmade cards! Great lens!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I don't do cards as much as I used to but this does give me a few ideas for some unique Christmas gifts. =)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful cards and sentiments. Handmade Christmas cards are the best. I just received one in the mail and it will be my favorite card of the season. Now I'm off to make one for a friend. Thanks for the ideas and resources. Appreciated!

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      psiloveyou1 6 years ago

      I love making handmade cards....great samples!

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      I agree that handmade cards seem to be getting more complicated all the time. I prefer the simpler ones myself.

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      sarahsalleluia 6 years ago

      These are good ideas, thanks especially for the link for the printouts!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I like the second one. Making your own is fairly easy, it can be as simple as decorating an existing one with your own touches.

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      Netlexis LM 6 years ago

      I love getting and making handmade cards. It so much more personal than the store bought variety. Thanks for the lens.