6 Cards for a Buck

You might think that making your own Christmas cards is expensive and time consuming but think again! In just under 15 minutes with about $1 worth of supplies I created 6 cute handmade Christmas cards that are sure to wow anyone who receives them. You don't have to buy anything fancy to make a Christmas card for someone special–just use basic tools and supplies from your stash.

You'll need these basic supplies:

  • Circle Punch
  • Scalloped Circle Punch that is slightly larger than the punch above
  • Adhesive
  • 3D Foam adhesive
  • Card Bases x 6 – you can purchase these or make them from 8.5 x11 paper
  • 1 sheet of 12 x 12 Christmas patterned paper with a medium sized print
  • Baker's Twine
  • Christmas stamp & ink
  • Scrap Paper in complimentary colors (matching the patterned paper)
  • White Pen
  • Crystal Stickles glitter glue
  • 6 envelopes

First, cut the 12 x 12 patterned paper down to 6 pieces of 5.25″ x 4″ and 3 pieces of 1.5″ x 4″.

Adhere the 5.25″ x 4″ pieces on the front of each card base. To make your own card base, cut a sheet of 8.5 x11 paper in half to create two 8.5″ x 5.5″ pieces. Fold in half to create a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card.

Punch 6 circles from kraft scrap paper and 6 scalloped circles from red scrap paper. Glue the circles in the center of the scalloped circles. Using a white pen, draw an outline inside the kraft paper circle.

From the 1.5″ x 4″ pieces of paper cut out icons from the patterned paper. This paper has houses on it so I cut out houses.

Ahdere each house to the center of the punched circles using 3D foam adhesive. Adhere to the card front as desired.

Stamp a white scrap of paper with a sentiment (“merry” in this case) and cut out. Adhere to the front of each card. Add baker's twine to make the sentiment look like a tag. Or you can stamp the sentiment directly onto the scalloped circle.

Add Crystal Stickles to the white parts of each icon to make it look like snow. Allow to dry.

The actual supplies I used are listed here:

  • Paper – American Crafts
  • Cardstock – Prism, Bazzill
  • Glitter – Stickles
  • Ink – Close to My Heart
  • Stamp – KI Memories
  • Punches – EK Success
  • Card Bases – Die Cuts With A View, cut by me from Neenah Cardstock
  • White Pen – Uni-Ball Signo

Hope this inspires you to take a little time to create something handmade to send someone over the holidays . If you start now, with just a few dollars you can create cards for everyone on your list while watching your favorite TV shows!

Happy Cardmaking!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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