The Christmas Challenge Part 1: handmade cards

The Christmas Challenge part n°1: handmade Christmas Cards! 

Unless you’ve missed my blog post about the Christmas Challenge, you already know that Happy DIY is challenging you to make as much as you possibly can yourself for this Christmas season!! Meaning: handmade presents and cards, party decoration, homemade meals and lots more!

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Making my own Christmas cards was a really fun DIY project and I had a blast! There was a lot of stuff lying around the house anyway, the only things I purchased for this project was a golden pen and the gold confetti.

Now, before you get started, here are a few tips:

  • Watch some youtube tutorials on card making. The internet is full of beautiful Christmas card ideas that are easy to execute. I found my favorite videos on the youtube channel Maymay Made it. Not only does she have some fabulous card making ideas; her southern accent and warm voice just makes you feel at home. Lots of fun!
  • Do a Pinterest search on ‘Free Printable Christmas Tags’. Wow! Pinterest is full of fine printables made by the best designers and they are completely FREE!  Here are the ones I used for my cards:

Watercolour Gift Tags from www.mstetson.com

Holiday Labels from http://blog.worldlabel.com/

Printable Gift Tags from  www.tablerpartyoftwo.com

These magnificent things: I didn’t actually use them but that are sooo pretty!

What you will need to complete this project:

  • White card bases (I purchases mine a long time ago in Hema and I believe they cost around 3€ for 100 cards but I’m not sure)
  • Some cute coloured paper with Christmas-sy patterns
  • Decoration: gold pens, glitter, stickers, confetti… everything goes!
  • Free printable tags
  • Most of the paper you’ll see on my cards, comes from the beautiful, beautiful paper pad by Rico Designs, called “Tropical Spring”.
  • The paper with feathers comes from the Messy Box you can order at A Beautiful Mess.

Step 1: Measure your white card base and cut rectangles of coloured paper that are a bit smaller than your card base. My rectangles are exactly 0.5 cm smaller on each side. This way, you’ll have a white trim around the coloured paper. Next, glue the coloured paper to your card base until you have lots of cards you can start working with.

Step 2: start decorating! If you need some tips on how to balance out the decoration of your card, check out Maymay Made it on youtube. I found her tutorials really helpful!

Card n°1: white card base, white paper with gold triangles, free printable gift tag attached with a ribbon, trim around the card with my gold pen, gold confetti

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Card n°2 : white card base, coloured paper, free printable gift tag that says “Happy Holidays”, one gold star.

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Card n°3: White card base, beautiful paper with feather print, some gold paint I applied on the pattern.

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Card n°4: white card base, strips of different sorts of paper, free printable gift tag, trim around the card with my gold pen, golden confetti.

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Card n°5: white card base, coloured paper, free printable gift tag, trim around the card with my gold pen.

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Card n° 6: white card base, white paper with golden triangles, free printable gift tag attached with a ribbon, golden confetti, trim around the card with my gold pen.

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Card n° 7: blue paper as a base, strips of coloured paper, free printable gift tag.

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I’ve found that it often isn’t enough to just glue a coloured paper to your card base and be done with it. If you decorate your card a little bit more, you could use a nice Christmas saying, and that is where the beautiful free gift tags come in. I tried to tie the gold theme in all of my cards, to balance everything out.

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Now, as you can see, the cards aren’t perfect, but I still enjoyed myself enormously. My next step will be to put all of the cards under some heavy books so they can flatten out. But I feel rewarded, because I had lots of beautiful paper lying around anyway, and this is a perfect way to reuse them.

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Happy DIY is challenging you to use your creativity and to make your own Christmas cards. In my opinion, a personal touch is always better than the store-bought cards. Let the creativity flow from your fingers and get inspired by Pinterest and Youtube because it is just wonderful to see how many creative people there are on this earth 🙂

Happiness: do it yourself!

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