I’ve been making handmade cards for 10 years, and I’m hopelessly addicted. I always get lots of questions from beginners or those who are interested in getting started. All of the tools and supplies can be intimidating!
If you’re interested in getting started, visit Learning To Make Handmade Cards. It will explain the tools and supplies that are necessary for getting started.
Here are two Easy Homemade Christmas Cards that you can make with just a few supplies.
I love using paper stacks to create cards. This one was a 6x6 stack by Trim Craft. All of the papers coordinate, taking the guesswork out of matching patterns and colors.
Supplies Needed For these Homemade Christmas Cards
- 8 ½” x 5 ½” solid cardstock for each card base.
- Christmas Paper Stack
- Small piece of white cardstock
- 1” Paper Punch
- Oval Paper Punch
- 1 ¾” Scalloped Oval Paper Punch
- Small Merry Christmas Stamp
- Label Punch
- ¾” and 1” Paper Punches (or you can cut the squares with a paper trimmer)
- Small Snowflake Stamp
- Red ink
- Tape Runner Scrapbook Adhesive
- Dimensional foam tape
The layouts of these cards is very easy to change for other occasions or to suit the supplies that you have. I wanted to design cards that didn’t involve tons of fancy tools and embellishments.
I have cards that I have taken me hours to create and use an expensive set up Copic Markers. If you’re just getting started, it’s unrealistic to start with a project like that.
Both cards start the same way and create a base that can be used for any type of card that you’d like to make.
- Fold the solid cardstock in half creating a card base. When choosing a cardstock for the base, use a good quality, nice weight cardstock. Thin cardstock and copy paper will make a limp card that won’t stand up.
- We are creating A2 or Invitation size cards. This is the most popular size and envelopes for them are readily available. Cut a mat for your card measuring 5 ¼” x 4”. I used a green dotted paper from the card stack, but you could use solid cardstock.
- I used a patterned paper for the backgrounds on both cards. They measure 5” x 3 ¾”.
- Attach the mats and background papers to the card base using tape runner adhesive. This is a nice base for any type of card you want to make. You can substitute the Christmas background papers for another occasion or solid cardstock.
- Using a circle punch, I cut seven 1” circles. Using scrapbook adhesive, I attached 5 of them flat to the card. I used dimensional tape to attach the other two. I used circles, since it’s a basic punch and easy to find, but you could use hearts, stars, balloons, leaves or other shape.
- Using red ink, I stamped Merry Christmas on white cardstock.
- Here’s a great tip for you. In order to get the Merry Christmas centered in the label, stamp it first. Then turn the punch over, so you can see exactly where it’s going to punch, so you can line it up inside the label.
- Attach the label to the card, and Ta Daaa! You have a finished card.
- Using red ink stamp three snowflakes on white cardstock. Punch them out with a ¾” punch or trim them with a paper trimmer.
- Using green dotted paper from the stack, use a 1” punch or a paper trimmer to cut three squares. Attach the smaller squares to the larger ones using scrapbook adhesive.
- Using dimensional tape, adhere them to the card.
- Using the tip that I gave you about. Stamp Merry Christmas, and use an oval punch to cut it out. Punch a scalloped oval from green dotted paper. Stick the ovals together and attach to the card.
Now you have two easy cards that you can make. I hope this helps you get started with this wonderful hobby. For more card making, rubberstamping, and scrapbooking inspiration, visit me at P.S. I Love You Crafts and sign up for my newsletter.