Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day. Starting on the 13th December with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.
On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A handmade Christmas card!
Make your own Christmas cards
Making Christmas cards is one of my favourite things to do for Christmas, although I often leave it a little late in starting them, it then becomes a race against the Post Office posting dates to make sure they get to people in time!! I set a reminder this year at the start of November to get going on them, but it seems I ignored it! I need to come up with a more effective reminder system for next Christmas!
You can have a lot of fun making Christmas cards and you don’t need to be an expert artist or crafter, you just need some glue, scissors, old Christmas cards, card blanks and some coloured paper or card and off you go!
You can recycle your old Christmas cards and make some fantastic new ones. Cut out the pictures on the front, you can also cut out the verse or greeting printed inside the card and use this on your new card creations. Layering a card up is a simple technique that produces a fantastic finish. Using sticky pads for this works really well to give it depth. You can cut out a shape a little smaller than your card in coloured or Christmas printed paper, then using your recycled card topper build up a picture.
One thing I have learnt recently is that some of the layered cards can become too thick to send as a normal letter and you will have to pay the extra to send it as a large letter. It is worth baring this in mind when you are sticking them together.
My favourite purchase last year was a pad of Christmas printed paper. I have used it for loads of things and it has been cut up and stuck on lots of cards. Printed paper brings a stylish look to any card, and you can layer it up with a pieces of plain coloured paper or card to produce an effective design.
I have used rather a lot of felt shapes for this year’s cards. I have a little felt obsession and can cut through felt using my Big Shot cutting machine and am slowly building up a fab Christmas cutter and embossing selection to use with the machine. With the combination of Christmas printer paper, a simple purple heart can be made into a feature on a Christmas card.
This year I have also had a lot of fun making Christmas characters with pipe cleaner and then attaching them onto cards using a needle and thread. You can make snowmen, reindeer, Father Christmas and anything else Christmassy. If you then cut out a piece of card or paper slightly smaller than your card blank, attached the pipe cleaner figure on to this sheet using a needle and thread, don’t forget to stick the ends of the thread down with some sticky tape. Once attached you can then stick your pre-cut card/paper onto you card blank and der der!! You have hidden your sewing leaving a neat finish and have made a super fun card to give someone.
I love receiving hand made cards and always keep them as I have a box upstairs that I put all hand made cards into. Each year the number we receive seems to be increasing too which I love even more. Apologies to those of you who will be receiving a Christmas card from us as there is a chance you will see it here before you receive it!!