Happy World Card Making Day! World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to kick off the holiday card-making season.
I love creating handmade cards for my family & closest friends, especially around the holidays. But let’s face it. Between the parties and presents, the holidays can get a little expensive & buying a lot of new holiday-themed supplies might not be in the budget.
Whether you’re new to card making or a seasoned pro, I thought I’d share some tips on how to stretch your supplies during this season.
Transform basic shapes into holiday decor
- Circles can become snowmen & ornaments.
- Triangles can easily become Christmas trees.
- Stars are always festive!
- Squares can be made into presents.
- Rectangles can become candles for a menorah.
Use non-holiday patterned paper
- Any pattern with a red or green palette is fair game for Christmas cards!
- Try an unconventional color scheme or print for a fun twist.
- Polka dot patterned paper can mimic snowfall.
- Include bits of woodgrain paper to bring in some added texture & warmth.
- Red, black & green cardstock can be used to create a card for Kwanzaa.
Look at your supplies with new eyes
- Turn a banner upside down & you instantly have an evergreen tree line.
- Add strips of washi tape to punched circles to create colorful ornaments.
- Stack white buttons to create a snowman with a homespun feel.
- Draw a simple design on the back of cardstock & hand embroider the outline using a backstitch. Create a handwritten sentiment using the same technique.
- Incorporate metallics – gold & silver brads, sequins, glitter, or embossing powders are always a great touch.
Be savvy with sentiments
- Use alphabet stamps or stickers to create a custom sentiment.
- If you have an electronic die-cutter, utilize the text feature. Use the negative from your cuts for a little added dimension & save the original die cut for another card.
- Print out sentiments using a word processing program on your computer.
- Use non-holiday sentiment stamps. Phrases such as “Thinking of You” & “Celebrate” can be found in many general stamp sets. The holidays are also a time when thank you cards are nice to have on hand.
I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to help you get a jump start on your own holiday cards. If you’d like even more creative ideas for holiday card making, make sure to check out the new Holiday Cards & More special issue from Paper Crafts Magazine.
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sharon gullikson says: We all need tips on stretching our supplies! Thanks.
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