We all love sending and receiving Christmas cards. However, making Christmas cards can be a challenge when you are running around all the time. After all, we all are busy with all the things in life. Family responsibilities, an 8-5 job, kids activities. I totally get it, and so this is why today I want to share with you a way to make your Christmas cards quick and easy!
Certainly, this process has helped me lately with designing quick and easy Christmas cards. And when I need to make a good number of Christmas cards, this is a good way to tackle the task!
Let me summarize this process in the next bullets for you:
Select a focal point
Choose the patterned paper of your choice
Look out for sketches for your cards or layouts
Schedule some time to cut and ensemble cards
Select a focal point
This my friend will make a big difference. Before you get into making Christmas cards, you need to choose what you want to use as you main focal point. The idea here is to cover the majority of the space you typically have in a Christmas card canvas (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Having a good focal point always helps in designing a card.
One thing to take into consideration is the number of cards you need to have ready, to make sure you have as many focal points available. For instance, if you are making 20 cards, you would need to consider what you want to do for the focal point 20 times. For example if you are fussy cutting something, do you want to do this 20 times? do you have 20 of the same image to be able to make 20? if not, what would you use to substitute this focal point?
In the Quick and easy Christmas cards I show in this post I decided that the focal point is the Christmas Tree. However, I know that the designer series paper I am using will not let make 20 trees. Therefore, I know I have to make some other with regular card stock. The good thing though, is that because this is a large die cut, I can make as many as I want, I just need to decide what paper to die cut.
A few examples of focal points for your Christmas cards can be
A die cut or a sticker – In my example I am using a large die cut. The Christmas Tree.
An image you can cut out of your patterned paper
A stamped image
A large sentiment
Choose the patterned paper of your choice
Once you know what is your focal point, then you can look for a patterned paper that goes well with the focal point. In all honesty, I typically do this process hand on hand when selecting the focal point, that way I don’t waste too much time in matching things.
For instance in the cards I show in this post, I knew I would use the Wrapped in Plaid designer series paper (DSP) as I was going to die cut the large pine tree for my Christmas cards. Therefore, it made sense to use the same patterned paper for the cards.
One great tip when choosing the patterned paper, is to use one from a collection or pack. In my case I always use Stampin’ Up! designer series paper packs because these always color coordinate very well. This definitely makes the designing process very easy.
Try to not go by the one sheet stack, though you can find gorgeous paper, you will waste way too much time trying to match it with other papers and most of the times you can’t even find one that coordinates perfectly.
Look out for the sketches for your cards or layouts
The next thing to do is to look for sketches or layouts that are simple to follow, that way you can just just the paper accordingly and start making your Christmas cards.
The big tip I can give you when making quick and easy Christmas cards, is to look for easy sketches. Try to avoid going for overly complicated sketches with many layers. In fact the less layers the better. I share more about sketches on this post. And while this post is about Halloween cards, I know you can apply the same tips when making quick and easy Christmas cards. By the way on this post I share a link to my Pinterest board for sketches. So, if you are interested in easy sketches make sure to follow it on Pinterest.
Also try to go for a sketch that showcase or displays the patterned paper you selected. This easy trick will make the big difference, as you make your Christmas cards.
All the sketches I used on these cards are extremely simple, yet the cards look stunning, as these showcase really well the patterned paper. Don’t you agree?
Schedule some time to cut and assemble cards
Now the fun begins!!! Once you have decided on your sketch and the designer series paper and the focal point, it is time to make your Christmas cards!
First step is to break the card into tasks. For instance, cutting the patterned paper, die cutting the focal point, stamping, tie bows, etc. Schedule some time to be making each of the tasks you identified on the first step. Secondly, once you have all the different elements, then schedule some time to assemble all your cards. You will see that you will make quick and easy Christmas time, without any trouble! believe me 🙂
Tutorial on how to make Three quick and easy Christmas cards
Now regarding the cards I show on this post, let me share the following video tutorial, where you can see specifically how these cards were made!
I go over measurements and colors for these cards step by step. Additionally, on this video tutorial I share some tips and tricks on how to use the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! So if you have been wondering how to use the puff paint, make sure to watch the video!
Please know that this is what I showed last week during my FB live, if you are interested in catching me live, you can like to my page https://www.facebook.com/CreatingWithAllie/ and you can turn on the notifications to let you know when I go live! which is typically on Thursdays at 7pm CST.
Here is the supply list as well as the links to all the products I used to make these cards. If you are interested in getting any of these products you can click on the images and these will take you to my online store. I truly appreciate your support 🙂
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Hello there! Today I am going to show you how to make a quick and easy card using sketches, and over the next few days I will sharing other Halloween projects. This will help you get ready for Halloween in no time! Come back to this blog to check out the new projects!
As you can see, I am participating in a monthly Blog Hop with Kylie. Be sure to check the other blogs participating in this blog hop. You will get tons of inspiration as you hop around with us. 🙂 Let’s get ready!
Quick and Easy – Halloween Card using Sketches
What do you need to get started?
Excellent question! When I come up with quick and easy cards with sketches, I try to see if I have designer series paper (patterned paper) that has big images that can be either cut, punch, or die cut. These will really help you in making your projects go super easy and in no time.
Why do I start with an image that I can cut? fair question. The reason is because when you start looking for a sketch to make your card, you can use this image as main element of your card, so it is easier to see what type of sketch you need when you have selected that image.
Since this card is for Halloween, lets make sure you look for paper that has cute pumpkins, witches, monsters, or any other related image that you can cut. And while you are already looking for Halloween themed patterned paper, look for another sheet of designer series paper (patterned paper) that could go well with the images you have cut.
Stampin’ Up! does great when it comes to patterned paper, as they have a collection of sheets on each pack that works pretty well together. You cannot go wrong when choosing two sheets from the same pack! The card, I am showcasing today, uses the Monster Bash Designer series paper!
Once you have selected the patterned paper, then see which colors will coordinate with those images. You can pick the card stock for the card base, sentiments, as well as the ink colors that you will be using.
Finally you need to pick embellishments! you can pick ribbon, rhinestones, stickers, etc. This should color coordinate with the colors selected on the previous step.
I have the supplies, now what?
The next step in putting your card together is to come up with an sketch. I recommend going into Pinterest and look really quick for a sketch that catches your eye! but notice I said REALLY QUICK! lol cause I know you can easily fall into that rabbit hole where you start looking for something in Pinterest and three hours later you are still looking for that idea or inspiration 😀 Believe me I know!!
One of the things to look for in a sketch, is for it to be simple without many layers, specially if you are new to using sketches. This will also help if you want to come up with quick and easy cards that you can make in no time. The truth is, simpler sketches are so much easier to follow and to put together.
Also, keep in mind the image you selected on the previous step when selecting a sketch. In my project I have a Witch frame that is a circle, so that helps me visualize what kind of sketch I need to use.
Do not use complex sketches. Complex sketches tend to confuse or overwhelm people, because you need to interchange the pieces on the sketch with real paper, and people get frustrated trying to come up with 4 or more colors and paper that can go together. I try to only use 2 to 3 patterns or colors, and so if the sketch has 2 to 3 elements it is easy to substitute these element when making your card.
To help you get in and out of Pinterest without falling into the rabbit hole, I have created a board on my Pinterest account that you can see HERE.
On this boardI have save sketches that I consider to be easy to follow, to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. You can go in and out really quick from Pinterest and grab a sketch that will work for you! 😀
I have chosen a sketch, what is next?
Once you have the supplies you want to use, and have chosen your sketch then the fun begins!! It is time to put your card together!
Let me show you what I did here on my card! You can see the sketch I used on the left, and on the right you can see the actual card using elements from the sketch.
If You pay attention to the card, you will notice that I altered a little bit the sketch by adding a few things, for instance I added a scalloped circle behind the Witch, and I added ribbon under the scalloped circle as well as some rhinestones on the side of the card.
You see, that is the secret to using simple sketches! They have room for you to add more things to embellish and your card looks even better. Don’t you think?
Specifics on this card!
Now that you saw the behind the scenes of how you make quick and easy Halloween cards cards using sketches! Let’s talk about this card in specific.
As I mentioned before I used the Monster Bash designer series paper. I love that this pack includes two sheets of frames with monsters, as you can cut all of these in one afternoon. Cutting these images ahead of time, makes it super easy to put all your Halloween projects in no time! No kidding! You just need to put paper and card stock together, add the cut images to your project and you are 90% done.
I am using the Witch frame image from the designer series paper, but I decided I wanted to add a scalloped circle under it to pop up the Crushed Curry (yellow) from the Witch image. The scalloped circle is from the Layering circles! This set includes multiple sizes for circles and coordinating scalloped circles, so it is a great set to have!
Following the sketch, I used two different sheets of patterned paper that goes well with the witch frame I had cut. Since these came from the same designer series paper pack, they color coordinate really nice. I glued down these paper. Please note that the banner ends on the strip was cut using the Tailored Tag Punch. This punch has became my favorite ever! You need to have this one on your collection!
I stamped the sentiment from the Spooktacular Bash stamp set, and punched it out with the 1 1/2″ circle punch.
As for the ribbon, I have a GREAT tip!!! you can color the metallic edge ribbon using the Stampin’ Blends! WHAT??? you read it well!!! you can color your ribbon with alcohol markersand get any color that you want! Is this not the coolest tip? Again You are welcome! ha ha ha!
So now that we have all the elements ready, I glue everything together following the sketch.
Watch the Video tutorial on Facebook or YouTube!
IF you want to see how this card was created, you can watch the video HERE! – I will upload this as well on YouTube, and once this is completed I will add it here, but in the meantime you can watch the video on this post from my Facebook page – Update – the video is uploaded in the YouTube and on this post! .
Also, make sure you check at the bottom of this post all the supplies I used to make this card, you can click at the images and these will take you to my online store where you can get all these products!
Want more Halloween ideas to get inspired?
If you want to get inspiration from past year’s Halloween cards you can click on the images below and these will take you to the post where you can see the details on these.. While these products might not be available, they follow the idea of sketches and patterned paper. You can easily substitute these with what you have available already 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking time reading this post! Let me know in the comments if you will try to use sketches for your next project, or if you have any other secret to make quick and easy cards! I love to learn from all of you!! 🙂
Don’t forget to see the rest of the blog hop! I know you will get tons of inspiration from the people participating today! 🙂 The line up is below!
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Hello Friends!! so here I am again participating in the SIP challenge of the week!! this week the theme was fun Cake! so when I read the challenge I immediately thought of using the sweet soiree suite!! which is the one that has a cake in it!! I mean it was just perfect.. I just got this set and I have been wanting to play with it, but since my focus has been valentines I have not had time to play with this!! so I love that this challenge is giving me the perfect excuse to play with this suite!!
So here is my sample!! I use the designer series paper (DSP) on this suite, it is the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP, and what is cool about this paper pack is that each sheet has silver foil, it looks gorgeous!! and on all projects this will have a WOW effect!! Did you see the cake stand??? This was die cut with the coordinating framelits! and you guess it, when you get both the stamp set and the coordinating framelits on a bundle, you save 10% on both items!!!
I colored the flowers on the cake using the blends markers!! I love these alcohol markers!! and then I added Wink of Stella on the flowers, this adds a lot to the card!! on the below picture you can see more details on the flowers!! you definitely need to get all the colors of these markers!!! The best way to get all of these markers is by purchasing the starter kit!! no kidding (keep reading).. the full collection of blends cost $121.5 plus shipping (10%) plus tax so total is about $144 (depending on your state tax), but if you purchase the starter kit, you actually get $125 worth of products for only $99 plus tax, there is NO Shipping fees on the starter kit, so about $107 (again depending on your state taxes), and during Sale-A-Bration which is going on right now, you get TWO stamp sets of your choice from the annual or occasions catalog for FREE. And the best thing is that you get to enjoy at least 20% discount in any of your future orders, plus you get to be part of my team 🙂
you can see more samples being made with the challenge of the week HERE And here is the video tutorial where I show you how to make this beautiful card, hope you enjoy watching this video.
Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on, so for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products on my store you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!! don’t miss out on this great promotion!! this is truly the best time of the year!!!
Hello Friends!! here is another card using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS), I have been enjoying lately using these sketches and challenges to get inspiration for the cards I create..
What I like about FMS is that their sketches are very clean and prompt you to make a quick and easy card, don’t you think? here is the sketch from this week..
I decided to use the painted with love suite and showcase the gorgeous designer series paper (DSP), all the sheets on this DSP pack has gold foil!! so I promise you, all your projects will look spectacular when using this DSP!!
I added a little heart that I had die cut in gold glimmer paper, this heart is from the sure do love you bundle.. and the sentiment is from the petal palette stamp set!!
This one is one of the four cards that I created during the last Facebook live event on Jan 11, you can see the full video here..
Also don’t forget to see the gallery for all the participants using this sketch HERE
If you don’t know about it, I hold a facebook live event every Thursday at 7pm CST on my facebook page HERE, you can like or follow my page and request notifications to know when I go live!!!
Also new in 2018, Every month I will be sending a card kit to make Four cards to everyone who places an online order $30 or more using the hostess code of the month.. it is important to use the hostess code as this is the way I will know who will be getting the monthly kit.. Please note that while I will send all the supplies you will need to provide the stamps, as I cannot send stamped images per Stampin’ Up! policies.
For January, the hostess code is 9NJERZVY
And don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration is still going on!! For every $50 you spend you can get an item for free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure! check it out!! click on the image below to see the items available!!!
Below is the list of products that I use to make this card, you can click on the images below to go to my online store where you can purchase these items.
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