I usually have my Christmas cards completely made and ready to mail by mid November. I think I mentioned before that I am a big planner. For some reason, this year I am a little behind. I just ordered the supplies yesterday!
Anyway, now is definitely not too early to start thinking about making Christmas cards! I decided to put some cards together to maybe give you some ideas. I will post another one on Friday (haven’t gotten around to editing the video yet!). This card and the one on Friday uses the same stamp set – my favorite Christmas stamp set – Snow Swirled by Stampin’ Up. I used it to make my Christmas cards 2 years ago and I’m using it again this year. The set is totally awesome.
In my opinion, there are two considerations for Christmas cards: repeatability and affordability. I make 80 cards, so it can’t be too complicated!
1. Repeatable – If the card is so intricate that it takes 40 minutes to make, this is not repeatable. For example, stamping an image that gets colored in with lots of detail… not good. I’m all in favor of cool techniques like embossing, but it has to be a pretty quick process.
2. Affordable – Make sure you can buy all your supplies in bulk. for example, if you use some kind of special buckle or brad that costs $5 for a pack of 6, it’s going to get pricey very quick.
The card for today uses a very cool embossing powder by American Crafts – it’s green metallic. It looks great in person. To simplify this card, you could eliminate the swirled background, which I stamped in Very Vanilla craft ink by Stampin’ Up!. Overall, the card is pretty basic and uses standard supplies. In real time, the card took me 10 minutes. If I had an assembly line going, it would crank out very fast. If you want to include a photo, you could just insert it loose or adhere it on the inside.
Oh, and I added some Christmas music to make it more festive! Have a great week – I’ll post my other card this Friday!
- Stampin’ Up! Snow Swirled Stamp Set
- Hero Arts Flourish Background Stamp
- Stampin’ Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, and Riding Hood Red
- Versamark Ink
- American Crafts Zing Green Metallic Embossing Powder
- Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Classic Ink
- Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla Craft Ink
- 1/4 Inch Brown Satin Ribbon
- We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
- Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals
- Stampin’ Up! Mini Glue Dot