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How To Create Your Own Art Christmas Cards

Updated on December 14, 2014

4 Easy Ways To Create Your Own Unique Christmas Cards

Fleece On Earth Wild Faces Gallery Christmas Card Image 2009

When I was younger it was a local tradition with my family and friends that every year for the holidays we'd all create a new Christmas ornament and then gift them to each other. The result was a lovely tree filled with lots of memories. Unfortunately as my art business took off I had very little time left for creating ornaments. But still wanting to keep up the tradition I started making a new unique holiday card design to send to friends and families.

I know when I get handmade cards from people I always cherish them and keep them. So I thought I'd share a few of the various way you can make your own one of a kind Christmas cards. One of the best things about making these kinds of cards is that they are suitable to be kept as a keepsake for can be framed when the holiday is past.

The 4 Easy Ways To Create Your Unique Design Are:

  1. Reprint artwork specifically created for a new holiday design.
  2. Paint a quick and easy design on each card
  3. Have an outline printed and then paint making each one a unique original work of art.
  4. Photography Art Cards

Of course these techniques don't have to be for Christmas exclusively, it just happens to be the one holiday I do make cards for every year. But go ahead and experiment and let your creativity run wild.

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All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.

The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.

An original painting by Mona Majorowicz
An original painting by Mona Majorowicz

Inkjet Cardstock For Your Printing Your Christmas Cards - Be Sure To Check Cards Stock Size

Use Your Artwork And Then Print Your Own Holiday & Christmas Card

Use Your Inkjet Printer To Create Your Own Christmas & Holiday Art Cards

This is actually what I do for my cards every year. It works well for because because I am an artist surviving off my art business and so I can still sell the painting. Plus we do all our own giclee printing so we have scans and files readily available. However it is still a simple enough process to scan or photograph your art at a high resolution.

Reprinting my art into notecards means I can put a lot more effort into the artwork.

Since I am a critter painter my Christmas cards have been animal in nature with most of them being either sheep or horses. Though I have had a polar bear and wolf images also.

Steps For Creating Your Own Art To Reprint

1. Create the art using whatever medium you prefer.

2. Create a digital file either by scanning or photographing.

3. Adjust image in Photoshop or similar application to resemble the original work.

4. Create message for interior or back of card.

5. Print.

Note: Be sure your printer can handle heavier weight cardstock. Not all inkjet printers can

Tips For Printing Your Own Holiday Cards

* Make sure your printer can handle heavier card stock

* Even with lighter card stock feed only 1-3 sheets at a time

* With photo cards if you are printing an inside greeting do this side first. This minimizes the possibility of damaging the image face by passing through the rollers a second time.

* Be sure to get the correct sized card stock to match your envelopes.

An original painting by MonaMajorowicz
An original painting by MonaMajorowicz

For Those Who Don't Want To Print Your Own, Here's Some Companies That Will Do It For You.

Outsource Your Christmas Card Production: It's quick, easy and painless.

Joy Wild Faces Gallery Christmas Card Image 2007

To be clear since we do our own printing I have not personally tried any of the companies. But I do know several people personally who have used the top three companies and were happy with the results.

Cafe Press Offers considerably more self publishing offers than just cards.

Zazzle Also offers a wide range of self publishing possibilities.

Vista Print Does all sorts of business printing.

Kodak Gallery For printing you photo cards.

Printfree.com

2. Create A Unique One Of A Kind Painting On Each Card

cards courtesy of Linda Booth All copyrights reserved.
cards courtesy of Linda Booth All copyrights reserved.
cards courtesy of Linda Booth All copyrights reserved.
cards courtesy of Linda Booth All copyrights reserved.

Make Each Christmas Card It's Own Painting

Create Frameable Art With Your Christmas Art Cards

If you've got a lot of cards to make a quick and easy painting style work really well. These cards were created by artist Linda Booth. They are watercolor paint on watercolor paper card. You could also just as easily cut your own cards from larger sheets or scraps of watercolor paper.

NOTE: These images were used with permission from the artist. Linda Booth She creates these cards for sale. If anyone is interested in purchasing cards or would like more information, please contact the author of this lens.

Gel Medium For Your Homemade Christmas Cards

Use Watercolor Gel Medium For Adding Dimension And Sparkle To Your Holiday Art Cards

Linda occasionally adds a lovely detail of sparkling snow. (See above photo)

Using Gel medium and glitter:

* After you have finished your watercolor painting and it has dried, apply the watercolor gel medium to the areas you wish to add sparkle and dimension.. The gel medium not only provides a surface for the glitter to adhere to but it also creates a more dimensional effect.

* Then promptly apply the glitter while the gel medium is still wet. Linda prefers to use a very fine glitter to achieve a more realistic sparkle.

*Then shake off the excess glitter and wait for them to dry.

Note: glitter is a messy substance and tends to get every where. It may be helpful to this this in an area where there is easy cleanup or where a little extra sparkle is not a problem.

A Tip For Applying Glitter To Your Handmade Christmas Cards

Using a basin or try when applying the glitter really helps to not only control the mess, but also allows you to collect the extra glitter and reuse it.

3. Have An Ink Outline Reprinted On Watercolor Paper And Then Paint The Color In.

Used with permission from the artist Mari Stewart, all copyrights reserved.
Used with permission from the artist Mari Stewart, all copyrights reserved.

Partially Printed and Partially Original Christmas Card

This is something best done on watercolor paper again. It's kind of a cross between the first and second way to make your own art cards.

How To Create This Type Of Art Card

* Draw the outline of the image in either pencil or ink.

* Create a digital file.

* Reprint onto watercolor paper or watercolor card stock using permanent inks.

* And then apply the color on each cards.

This process saves time when using a more complex image and yet the end is result is till a one of a kind original artistic creations.

NOTE: Be sure the inks used in the printing are permanent or else the ink will run when apply the watercolor paint over the top.

This image was used with permission from the artist, Mari Stewart. All copyright belong to her. If you are interested in purchasing this image or in seeing more of her work you can visit her website okibojiimages.com.

4. Use Artistic Photos To Create Your Own Christmas Cards

Use Your Winter Themed Photos To Create A Very Personal Christmas Card

With This Kind Of Holiday Card The Options Are Endless

Everyone loves getting the cards that have family photos and such on them. But if you're wanting to do something a little more unique with your Christmas Holiday Art Cards try using unusual artistic photos for your card design.

Ideas For Christmas Holiday Art Card Photograph Images

* Winter and snowy landscapes.

* Beautiful Frost Patterns On A Window

* Holiday Light Displays

* Icicles

* Falling Snow

* Hoar Frost On Trees or Grasses

Really the only limitation you have is your imagination.

Other Ideas For Creating Christmas Cards Using Your Individual Style

* Scrapbooking techniques

* Recycle and Reuse old or unfinished paintings. Take a winter scene and cut out card sized snippets from it. Mount on cardstock like you'd do with a photo. This can be done with painted canvas as well.

* Collage either with holiday inspired colors, or again with old or incomplete artwork.

* Utilize Stamping techniques. Use rubber stamps for the basis of your card then embellish.

* Use sequins, googly eyes or ribbons for added dimension.

An original painting by Mona Majorowicz
An original painting by Mona Majorowicz
The actual message on the inside of our holiday greeting cards
The actual message on the inside of our holiday greeting cards

You Can Also Personalize Your Christmas Holiday Art Cards By Printing A Message On The inside

If you are wanting to leave more space for writing you could also print the message on the back of the art card.

Another option for printing on the back would be to simplify the statement to something Holiday Wishes From The (your name here) Family.

Fleece On Earth

An original painting by Mona Majorowicz
An original painting by Mona Majorowicz

Any Of The Cards Featured On This Lens Made By Wild Faces Gallery Can Be Purchased Of From

The Wild Faces Gallery Website. Just click on the image of your choice and it will take you straight to the corresponding page.

Mona Majorowicz demonstrating at a gallery open house
Mona Majorowicz demonstrating at a gallery open house

About The Author Of Create Your Own Christmas Cards

Mona Majorowicz Of Wild Faces Gallery

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years experience in the art and framing industry, both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses. If you would like to see real life photos of Catch, or want to follow the painting's progress (with full story) from start to finish please visit my blog, Fur In The Paint

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

Wild Faces GAllery Christmas Card 2010
Wild Faces GAllery Christmas Card 2010

Have You Made Your Own Christmas Cards?

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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I lo the art on your cards.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I used to make my own cards. I want to get back into it. Thanks for the instructions.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I think that most people enjoy and appreciate something that was homemade.... it's like getting those fresh baked goods from grandma's house :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      TheMadStamper LM 5 years ago

      I love your artwork, and the Christmas cards are awesome!

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Your art work is lovely. The colors and textures are fabulous.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      I love the Fleece On Earth cards. Such vibrant colors. And I think the sheep looks very wise. Perfect for a Christmas card.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very impressive Mona. Your lenses are very informative and clear when it comes to instructions, they're beautiful too. Thanks for stopping by my lenses and glad you liked them. I need a lot more time to see all your lenses! Merry Christmas.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love your fleece series of Christmas cards. Awesome! I love making my own cards, but mine are not nearly as artistic or fabulous as yours. Happy holidays!

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      Jeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great tips. I'm going to try some of these card ideas with my kids.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I have made some of my own unique coloring pages for Christmas based on our pet rat, this year I am going to print them on card stock and make christmas cards for family. Thanks for the lovely lens.

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      pencilonpaper 5 years ago

      I love the Blue Christmas Trees! So simple yet so full of expression.

      The sheep are cute too :)

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Wow I really love your artwork! Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I fell in love with this lens last Christmas, and had to come read it again and sprinkle some stardust on your beautiful art work :) *Blessed

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Nice ideas! Blessed.

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      You are amazing with creativity and art! What a blessing this lens is.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Timely and beautiful

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Timely and beautiful

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Wonderful ideas, but I must admit for the last half hour I have gotten lost in your beautiful gallery of paintings, someday I want to grow up to be half the artist you are. Such amazing talent you have!

      Have a wonderful holiday,

      Linda

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Oh yes, in Christmases past I indeed have! Ho Ho Ho and a very Merry Christmas!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are an amazing artist, Mona ~ excellent lens on making your own Christmas cards!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      For a while I shrunk paper folds onto ACEO. Will lensroll with the Cordeltte.

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      Your art is gorgeous! I love the way you presented your beautiful artworks on this informative how-to lens. ~Blessed~

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      MikeEssex 6 years ago

      Lots of nice frugal solutions, and ideal for those who want to add a unique touch to their cards.

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      Marelisa 6 years ago

      Hi Mona: You're very talented. I love "The Greys" at the top. I agree that making Christmas cards is an excellent idea. Lovely lens.

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Love this, very green!!! We used to make our own Christmas cards form Christmas cards past :)

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I am in awe of your art...your intro pic reminds me of my art classes in high school when my art teacher Sr.Dorothy would keep saying to me "add purple you have no idea how much purple there is out there"...and I used to think she was nuts...that there wasn't that much "purple" in natural things...boy was I wrong...

      I could look at your art all day, and it's been along time since I've said that to an artist. It's absolutely lovely to look at and sink into...thanks for sharing and thank you also for visiting my Stocking Stuffers for Dogs lens...I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love making my own cards and have always made a few ever since I was about 12. When I retired, I decided that henceforth, once I had used up my stock of bought cards, I would make all my own cards, and this is what I have done. People love receiving personalized cards, even if they are not brilliantly executed.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I have made cards using your first idea ( using images of paintings) but never thought of using photographs, I do have some neat christmassy images I would like to try. Individual paintings is also an idea I might use even if sparingly. _ thans for a great lens

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      ulla_hennig 6 years ago

      Thanks for this inspiring lens! Makes me want to have a go this year at making my own Christmas Cards!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas for creating your own Christmas or holiday cards. And beautifully presented as always. ** Blessed **

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      I have all the artistic talent of a rock, but I live with an artist who often makes her own cards. She is designing her sister's wedding invitations, which involve not only some artwork but a cutout, attached ribbons and false pearls.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      Love the idea of adding glitter to give your cards some festive sparkle. Of course it helps to be a wonderful artist like you are in the first place! But I think you've inspired us all to have a go....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like making my own cards to give for different occasions and Christmas is one of them. This is a very good lens for the D0-It-Yourself-ers!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I moved recently and had to pitch lots of 'keepers' but couldn't pitch hand-made cards, they are SO unique! One year I created a collage from a mixture of photography and scrapbooking accessories. The collage took awhile to create but it was simple and inexpensive to zerox and enclose within holiday cards. Great ideas here, thanks.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens on making your own Christmas and other holiday cards. Angel blessed and will be featured on NOvember Holiday Blessings.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes I have made cards many times, love the tips :)

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the info but more than that your WONDERFUL TALENT! Your art is just ourstanding!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Great idea for a lens - and nicely put together

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      poutine 6 years ago

      My favorite card here is the "All is calm" one.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Hi Mona! Yes, I make our cards almost every year. I usually use a photo of our daughter on the front of the card and I let hubby (the witty one) come up with the wording for the inside. Then I have them printed on card stock 2 to a page, cut them apart and use a matching envelope. We get lots of great feedback during the holidays which is fun. Making your own is the best way to go! Oh, and I added this awesome lens to my Fingerprint Snowman lens. Thanks!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      You are very talented. I haven't made my own cards, but have a friend who is very good that way. Anything handmade is greatly appreciated by others.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I have made cards in the past, usually with rubber stamps, but they are so labor intensive. I had a line drawing printed on postcards, once, and filled in the red on the rhinoceros with the santa hat on. lol This is pretty inspiring, though. I should start now. You put together such great lenses.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      LOL!!! My dear, no one would want with I would draw or paint! I do think these are all great ideas and easy directions on creating cards. I opened a Zazzle store this year using my photos and I have truly been pleased with the outcome and products. However, I know what you suggest would probably be less expensive. Perhaps I shall invest in cardstock and printer ink and try my hand at printing my own. Awesome ideas and directions.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I make my own valentines, mostly using scrapbooking/collage techniques.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Not yet. I think my daughter and I will make a few cards this year. I love your holiday art work. It is beautiful.