On any given year, you can usually find me running straight to Papyrus for its super cute Christmas cards. However, this year I was inspired by a friend to get crafty and make my own cards (gasp!) from scratch.
So, I went to Michael’s with an open mind knowing two things: that I love sparkle and I love Christmas trees. I was so happy when I found an adorable Christmas tree stamp and some sticker gems to serve as “ornaments.”
Ready to get started? Before we do, it’s necessary for you to do at least one of these three things:
- Make hot chocolate (fab recipe for my Cozy Hot Chocolate here)
- Put on a Christmas movie
- Put on Christmas music
Ok, that’s better. 🙂
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Shimmery cardstock paper (8 1/2″ x 11″) – cut in half
- Stamp #1: Christmas Tree for the front of the card
- Stamp #2: Christmas message for the inside of the card
- Green ink pad
- Black ink pad
- Sticker gems (find these in the scrapbooking sticker aisle)
Start off by folding the cards in half and clearing off a large surface for all the stamping you’ll be doing.
Next, get stamping! Using the green ink, press Stamp #1 (Christmas tree) onto the front of the card. Repeat for all cards, and let dry for a couple of hours (note: I left mine overnight to be safe).
Tip: Before you stamp the front of a card, test out the stamp on some scrap paper. This will let you know if you need to press the stamp harder, or apply more ink to it.
Once the front of the cards are dry, use the black ink and press Stamp #2 (Christmas message) onto the inside of the card. I let these dry an hour. The cards should act like open clam shells, so you won’t have to worry about smudging.
Next, press 6 or so gems to the Christmas tree. Be creative! Mix and match colors.
Lastly, sign those cards! For some extra Christmas spirit, I picked up some festive Rudolph stamps at my local Post Office. I also bought cute return address stickers from Shutterfly (1 set = 24 labels).
Happy Crafting & Merry Christmas!