Last week we made Christmas themed wrapping paper in our It’s A Wrap! post and today we’ll show you how easy it is to make your own personalised Christmas cards.
There are lots of different ways to make your own cards but for me, this is quick but most of all easy. All you need are some store bought base cards and once you have a stash of these, you can do all manner of fun stuff.
A few years back (life before Ava) I took some super cheesy photos of Dan and I wearing Santa hats and Christmas decorations around our necks and made photo cards. We sent them to friends and family and the response was overwhelming. We received pictures of our crazy card on fridges and mantles all over the world!
For Ava’s second Christmas, we decided to make a card with a similar sentiment and I enlisted the help of my talented friend and photographer, Chrissie. What we got was an amusing set of shots and typical of what you can achieve when photographing kids. We chose about six different shots so that everyone didn’t receive exactly the same card.
You will need:
C6 blank cards
C6 blank envelopes
Printed 6”x4” photos
Double sided tape
Scissors or cutting knife and ruler (I use a cutting knife and ruler as it allows for a more accurate and straight edge)
If you use a scalpel/ruler, you will also need a cutting mat
At Target they have a great craft based product range called Molli & Mimi, which includes cards, matching envelopes and so much more. (Be warned, this stuff can become addictive!).
Officeworks also stock card and envelope sets and you can buy double sided tape and cutting knives in the stationery aisle in most supermarkets.
Step 1: Take photos of your child/children, select the best shots and print however many photos you need.
Step 2: Buy the cards and envelopes in whatever colour suits you. I use both white and kraft coloured sets.
Step 3: As most cards are slightly smaller than the standard 6”x4” size, you will need to trim the photos down (not by much) to fit onto the size of the card. I usually cut one vertical edge and one horizontal edge to save having to make four cuts.
Step 4: Cut double sided tape and stick to the back of photo. Peel off tape backing and stick photo to card.
Step 5: Write your message, place in envelope and voila! Your very own personalised card and a lovely memory for the person who receives it.
Only 8 more sleeps now peeps xx
PS – Within the Molli & Mimi range, I found a hole punch that makes rounded corners. I tried punching my photos and it looks great. If you go down that road, I would stick the photo down first and then cut the corners of the card.
PPS – I haven’t had a chance to make cards for this year yet, oops! What with working, blogging, parenting and generally losing my mind at this time of year, something tells me I am fast running out of time!