Christmas Card Making Tips

CD's are a great way to make Christmas Cards! You'll have the printable papers and instructions for hundreds of cards. You can make all cards the same or mix it up.

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Make two—or more. Some card makers like to create individual cards for each person, while others mass-create dozens of the same design. When the busy winter season approaches, it can simply be faster and easier to make multiples.

Go beyond red & green. It's fun to think outside the red/green and blue/white traditional Christmas card colors. Try ice blue, lavender, and pink tones together for a pastel Christmas look, or brown tones with gold and cream accents. Even red, black, and lime is a striking Christmas combination; the red allows you to add some of the more traditional embellishments to bring a Christmas feeling to the cards.

Stamp multiples. When stamping images for cards, our designers usually stamp the image three times. First, stamp it on scrap paper to make sure the image stamps well. If it doesn't, you know where some extra pressure is needed—or less pressure if the image is getting a bit fuzzy. Stamp two images on the paper you plan to use on your card; that way, you can choose the better of the two images for your card. And if you change your mind, you have an extra image to use without getting your stamps and inks out again.

Easy mat cutting. When cutting a mat around paper-pieced designs or other embellishments, it's sometimes hard to cut it freehand—especially the points and corners of an oddly shaped mat. Instead of eyeballing it, draw a light pencil line where you'll cut, then erase any lines after cutting.

Sparkle it. Spray & Sparkle makes any Christmas card look festive. The silver glitter spray is terrific for snow and winter cards, while the gold glitter spray sparkles up reds and greens. The nice thing about the spray glitter is that it doesn't fall off or flake off and it's not messy like glue and glitter. Somehow, the shine of the glitter connects all the card's colors together. Just be sure to spray it in a well-ventilated area and let it dry completely before handling.

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Add a gift. For coordinating cards and gifts, keep some inexpensive plain-colored gift bags on hand. Then, as you make your card, you can duplicate some of the same elements on the gift bag with leftover papers and embellishments. (You can also use some of the leftovers to decorate the envelope, so everything coordinates.)


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