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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So for today I want to share with you some tips to help you get ready for your Holiday cards!!! If you like sending cards around the holidays then continue reading today’s post as I will be sharing some of my tips to get ready for this task. 😉
How to make your Christmas cards in time and still enjoy it!
You see usually making cards for Christmas can easily overwhelm you as typically one makes a lot of cards, some years I have made as many as 150 cards, and it can get overwhelming, so starting sooner rather than later is always a good thing, but also trying to have a beautiful card that it is easy to make can make a difference.
How to decide how many designs to make?
I remember a few years ago, I was making multiples of cards with a friend and while these were gorgeous, I am not going to lie, it was so time consuming that I didn’t enjoy making that many of the same card, I resented the last few ones and it was so tiring and boring, so I decided that it was best to break it down into multiple designs. This not only helped me to do the task but would excite me again as I knew I was making different designs.
Now, you do want to make multiple of several designs rather than one of’s, and the reason is that sometimes it can be as well very overwhelming trying to do a different card for each recipient.. it gets tiring trying to figure out that many designs, unless you are making a few of them, like 5-10 cards, but if you are making 60-100 cards you can clearly see that you would get really overwhelmed, right?
My rule of thumb is about 20-25 cards per design, that seems to be the magic range for me between enjoying making multiples of the same versus getting bored or tired of the same design over and over. So divide the number of total cards you want to create by 20 or 25 and that would give you the number of designs that you would need. So if I were making 60 cards, I would design 3 cards and then do 20 of each. Hope this helps you in figuring out how many cards to design.
What is next after deciding how many designs
The next thing I would do after deciding how many designs I need to have, is to look for designs that might use kind of the same tools or paper, that way I can batch produce as much as possible, for instance on the cards I am showcasing today, you can easily break down some of the elements and do them in batches, like die cutting or punching in one day, cutting all the card bases as well as any designer series paper in another day, embossing in another session, making bows in another day, etc. you get the picture?
In the cards I am showing above, you can see I used the Perfectly Plaid suite, so I could easily prepare for 60 cards without any trouble, as a lot of the elements are the same.
Another thing that I could do to add interest, is that while I am doing multiples of the same card I could change out the designer series paper pattern, I would still use the same pack but I would change the pattern, so they feel like unique cards even though I am making the same design, this always helps to keep you excited about making multiples of the same card rather than feeling bored with it.
The Key is in the design!
As you can see the designing part is key. Having a design that you can easily break down into different steps is key, but the card design should also be beautiful and easy to make, as having a more complex card can be overwhelming. It doesn’t matter in how many steps or tasks you can break it down, it still has to be easy to put together or you will still burn out with the task at hand.
Try to look for cards that have an easy sketch to follow, believe me less is more in a lot of instances, and when you are doing 20-25 of the same card you want to be able to enjoy putting together the cards without thinking too much about it. I know what I am telling you! a lot of the times I turned the TV on at night and just ensemble my cards, since there is not much to think about the task is easy enough that I can enjoy watching my favorite show while I am enjoying putting together the cards.
Give it a try! I know you will enjoy the process
Decide how many cards you want to make
Divide this number by 20 or 25 to come up with the number of designs you need to create
Chose a design that can be easily break down into simple tasks
Prepare all the elements of your cards in multiple days
Have a date with yourself and your TV to put together your cards
Enjoy putting together your Christmas cards!!!
I hope you have enjoyed the tips provided on this post! I would love hearing from you, share with me other tips you have when putting together your Christmas cards, do you have a process for this? if so, share it here, so we all can learn from each other!
If you want to learn how to make the cards shown above you can watch the video HERE. These cards were made during my Facebook live event, which is every Thursday at 7pm CST. If you are interested in watching more cards you can go to my page and see the past videos or you can catch me next Thursday live!
You can see the complete list of supplies I used to make these cards. You can click on the pictures below which will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of them.
Stamping Around the World Blog Hop Links
Do not forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in today’s blog hop! I know you will love to see all their projects and I know that you will get tons of inspiration!! click on the below images to go to their website!
Also if you are not aware, The Stamping Around the World Design Team puts together a bundle of tutorials each month that we give for FREE to anyone purchasing with us. If you place an order of $50 or more I will be mailing you the tutorial bundle for FREE. You can also purchase the bundle by itself for $20. If you are interested in this, please leave a message and I will send you the instructions to purchase it. 🙂
You can see a sneak peek of the projects included in the October Tutorial Bundle below!
Thank you for visiting my blog today! let me know in the comments if this was helpful, or if you will give it a try when you are working on your Christmas cards. I love to hear from you 🙂
Happy Wednesday! hope your week is going great so far!! Mine has been extremely busy with a little one!! we are still trying to get our new routine figure out! having two kids really keep us on our toes!
Anyhow, today I want to share with you a Christmas card that can be made very easy, specially at this time of the year if we are still making Christmas cards these have to be super quick and easy to make sure we can mail them on time!
This card uses the Christmas Pines stamp set!, this set is not a new one, in fact this one can be found on our annual catalog. The Christmas Pines is a stamp set to have as it has really good sentiments for holiday cards, and I truly love the font on these! I am sure you will love having this stamp set on your collection.
For this card I used the all is bright designer series paper, and you can see that with minimum supplies you get your card made in no time I added the a few glimmer elements using the Sprig punch and I made a bow with the gold edge ribbon.
I did stamp the inside of this card to add an extra wow factor to the recipient, wouldn’t you like to receive a card like this??
Watch the video tutorial below, where I go over measurements, tips and tricks on how to make this card. You will see that this card is so easy to duplicate!!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Stamping!
If you like the project shown today, below is the supply list for all the items I used to make it. You can click at any of the images to go to my online store, where you can purchase any of these items!! There is also information regarding the card classes To-Go that I have available during November!
Check the Card Class To-Go available in December
Click HERE or on the images to learn more about this class!
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Hello Friends! I am participating on the first Blog Hop from The Joy of Sets hosted by Fiona Whitehead, how exciting is this!!!
The theme of this first blog hop is Christmas, which is one of my favorite type of cards, along with Birthdays!!.. anyway, here is my card.. I used the Christmas Pines as well as the Santa’s Sleigh stamp sets to create this card, I love how the sentiment looks!! the little garland around the sentiment really makes it pop up, don’t you agree?
As usual I am including the video tutorial where I show you how to make this card, you can see that it is really easy to put together.. if you have any questions please let me know, I will be glad to help you 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog during this blog hop, please make sure to visit all the other participants on this blog hop, you sure will love all the Christmas samples that the group put together.
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