Hi creatives! I was at Michael’s today—believe me the parking lot was packed and the lines were crazy! I have a fun DIY project coming up but I didn’t want to keep you waiting so I searched through my archive of photos and found these handmade cards I gave away for Christmas one year to share. I was so happy to see all the creatives gearing up for Christmas today. I hope this gets your creative juices flowing and on a mission at your local craft store!
Handmade cards are such a treat to give and receive. You’ll even find mass-produced greeting cards in the store that mimic handmade cards but you can always tell when a card is truly handmade! Here are some photos of the cards:
I really like the quality of stamps and cardstock from Stampin’ Up. Don’t worry about having the exact stamp or supplies though. You can take any stamps you have at home and recreate this easily. If you don’t have any stamps, you could also grab some stock illustrations, type up a greeting and print them out or you can even just hand-illustrate the designs!
Here we go!
- white cardstock, 2 other coordinating color cardstock
- snowman stamp, greeting stamp, rolling background pattern stamp or large background stamp
- black ink pad, opaque/transparent ink pad
- watercolor pencils, small brush, and water
- paper trimmer
- double-sided tape or other adhesive
- optional: ruler, decorative brads, scissors, bone folder/paper trimmer with scoring blade
- Cut cardstock into a 8.5 x 5.5 in. piece with paper trimmer (You can also measure out and use scissors instead).
- Fold in half and score fold with back of scissors, a bone folder, or paper trimmer scoring blade. This will make the card 5.5 x 4.25 in. (standard A2 size greeting card).
- Stamp the bottom half of the front of the card with the background stamp using the opaque/transparent ink pad. This will slightly darken the areas of the cardstock where the stamp was placed.
- Cut a strip of cardstock in another color about 5 .5 x 2.125 in.
- Rip along the top and bottom of the strip (longer sides).
- Place and adhere this strip near the top of the front of the card.
- Cut another strip of cardstock in another color about 5.5 x 1.75 in. and adhere over the ripped strip.
- Using the same color cardstock, stamp your greeting and cut out. I didn’t have any holiday greeting stamps, so I used a general greeting stamp I had on hand.
- Adhere your greeting to another cardstock and trim along the edges about a couple cm away from the edge of the greeting.
- Adhere this near the bottom of the card.
- Stamp your snowman on the white cardstock three times and cut out each. These should be about 1.25-1.5 in. high and 1.125 in. wide.
- Color in areas of the stamped image using watercolor pencils.
- Brush colored areas lightly with water to create a water color effect. Watercolors aren’t perfect so it’s okay if the water bleeds or flow over the lines!
- Adhere the snowman pieces to the card.
- Write a sweet message, place in an envelope and make someone’s day. Make sure to sign the back, “Handmade especially for you by ________!”