Greetings Homemade Card Crafters!
So it’s never too early (or late I guess) to start thinking about Christmas. So yes, I’m going back in time and covering the Christmas greeting cards I paper crafted for my loved ones. Today’s post will be the final of my 2015 handmade card favourites. I hope you find a little early (or late) inspiration for your Christmas card designs.
First of all, I must take a moment and gush over one of my FIRST EVER stamp sets from Mama Elephant. The stamp set I used for these cards is Reindeer Games. I was visiting this site often and love all of the designs that they have created. It was extremely difficult to pick a set as I wanted one of everything (I still do). At least it was Christmas time so my options were limited. I still had to exercise a little bit of self control though because everything is just so darn cute (Ok, I lied, I bought this set too)!
For these greeting cards, you will need:
- Snow globe template (here – free)
- Christmas Stamp Set (hearting me some Reindeers) and stamp blocks
- “Merry” die cut (woo hoo, thanks again Mama Elephant)
- Cardstock of choice (I used some regular and textured glitter paper for the base, black and white for the top part of the globe)
- Colouring utensils of choice (I used plain ol’ Crayola markers and pencil crayons)
- Scissors (I recently bought a Cameo which would work amazing with the snow globe template – but this project is still easy to do with those reliable crafting scissors)
Trace out and cut your snow globe templates (or “Cameo” them). Stamp out your lil’ reindeer scene of choice. Colour the little cuties up! Die cut your “Merry” greeting. Glue it all together. Envelope them and seal them with a cute little Christmas sticker (I love stocking up on fun stickers from the dollar store).
I love how these turned out. I couldn’t wait to give them to my loved ones at Christmas. I bake cookies every year and gift them in tins. So adding these hand-made darlings on top of my Christmas baking tins really is the icing on the cookies. I of course got to keep one (card that is, I kept a dump-truck sized portion of cookies don’t worry) because I hand crafted one for my Husband and bunny for Christmas. There is no way I was going to be able to part with all of them!
Plus, I’m kind of a hoarder in a sense because I keep ALL cards that are given to me. Since my teenage years, I’ve always just collected cards. I guess I’ve always known the value of a greeting card. They mean a lot to me. I think that’s why I woke up that one day in early 2015 and decided to start hand making them.
What does 2016 hold in store for my card crafting ideas? I’ve been admiring some Instagram crafters and their wicked talent of shaker cards. Since this original template was designed to be so I think some shaker card paper crafting is in my near future.