“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves & a partridge in a pear tree.”
I hope everyone is having a wonderful evening. Three cheers for all of us who are finally on holiday break!
With five days until Christmas, it’s time to hunker down and start to get things done. I probably should have had this pep talk with myself a few weeks ago, but better late than never, right? Some of these things include doing some gift shopping and making cards. The cards part will have to be started and pretty well finished tomorrow though. For everyone else who makes their friends and relatives cards, I’d like to share some ideas to get the juices flowing.
Every year, I try to change the themes up a bit, but they always seem to be somewhat similar. After scouring the internet, I’ve found some starting point for anyone willing to listen.
To start off with, is something simple. This design is not only an efficient way to finish cards in good time, but also look like they could have been professionally made. Simplicity can sometimes be better than something complex and crowded. Adding yarn, one main hand drawn pictures, lettering and anything else you can thing of will do the job.
Next, is something that my relatives would usually receive from me on Christmas day! Sometimes it’s more crafty and other years, I’ll try to make it look like a store bought card. Well, maybe not exactly like this, but similar. The idea around these is that they have a thoughtful, hand drawn picture (s) that are bordered with nice paper. Along with that, you can add any lettering.
Although this one looks like the others, it is slightly more advanced. For this one, paper is needed to fold like a fan shape to produce a three dimensional affect. Of course any other Christmas items can be used, besides a Christmas tree.
Personally, I like the real homey touch on this style of Christmas card. As seen, you simply find some fun Christmassy colors and use your fingers to design a unique card. For the background, ribbon, more fingerprints, craft paper or pompoms can be used to fill the space. Or, like on this card, some simply handwriting can be a good finishing touch.
Some cards just have to be jam packed with creativeness. These are the types of cards where you just go wild, add any ribbon, yarn, paper, felts, etc. and situate it until you like what you see! To your left is a sample of what I’m pointing out, but there are endless possibilities.
Washi tape has been quite the buzz when it comes to diy projects. There are many reasons such as the fact that you can buy an assortment of colors and patterns and it can make anything dull look like a piece of art. Plus, this tape can be a timesaver when you want to make a cute project but have little time.To the right, this card shows that all you need to do is strategically place the tape in the tape in the right place, at the right angle and then it looks fabulous.
There’s no way that you’re beautiful Christmas card that you put care into isn’t going to be kept safe. An envelope and a cute one at that, is a great way to seal your treasured cards and still keep your own touch. Use kraft paper or anything available at craft stores to complete these. Look up ideas online to figure out ways to fold them, then add decorations.
Phew, that’s a wrap for tonight. So very gracious that I’m on a two week holiday break. Now I’ll have a bit more time to rest and catch up from having the flu.