Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed receiving Christmas cards. I remember getting excited to run out to the mailbox and look through the pile of mail to open them. It was always fun for me to see pictures of other families and our friends.
My mom actually ended up saving all of the cards she’s received over the years and put them in a photo album. A few months ago, I went through the album and enjoyed seeing how much everyone has grown up and how Christmas cards and pictures have evolved over the years. Back in the day, a lot of families included pictures taken at a studio, but now it’s become popular to get pictures taken outside with some sort of scenery in the background.
With sites like Shutterfly and Minted, it’s become super easy and convenient to customize, create and mail Christmas cards. Last year, we used Minted and absolutely loved how they turned out. This year, I wanted to personalize our cards a little more and decided to make my own. I kept them super simple and coordinated the colors with what we’re wearing in our pictures.
While they are simple, and took longer than it would take me to order cards online, it was worth it. Below are steps I took and the items I used to create mine in case anyone reading has a desire to save some money or get crafty with their Christmas cards.
Also, apologies to my friends and family who are getting a sneak peak of our cards this year. Sorry for taking the element of surprise away!
Here’s what I used:
- Cardboard card stock and envelopes – Hobby Lobby sells a pack that’s normally 50 percent off, or if it’s full price, you can use the 40 percent off coupon they always offer online
- Colored card stock (I used blue and green)
- Merry Christmas stamp
- Gold ink
- Corner rounder – this can be found at any craft store
- Paper trimmer
- Glue stick
First, I cut the cardboard card stock in half with the paper trimmer. Next I cut the blue card stock to be slightly smaller than the cardboard. I rounded all four corners on each of the pieces of card stock and glued the blue paper on top of the cardboard.
Next, I glued our Christmas picture on top of the blue paper. After that, I cut a small rectangle out of the green cardstock, making it big enough for the Merry Christmas stamp to fit on it. After the rectangle was cut, I pressed the stamp onto the gold ink and then onto the green piece of paper. I let the ink dry completely before gluing it to the card. If you’re running short on time, I’d suggest stamping everything ahead of time and letting the ink dry while you put the cards together. This will save you time!
I also added some cardstock and a picture to the back of my cards, leaving space for a spot to write a little note.
Making my own cards ended up being a lot easier than I thought and it was fun to personalize them for our family and friends. If you end up making your own cards this holiday season and find inspiration from this post, don’t forget to tag #marinamakediy!