We are approaching the only time of the year where I will check my mailbox every day with glee. Unlike the rest of the days of the year, where I can count on it containing bills and junk mail, during the holiday season my inbox will be filled with glorious Christmas cards. There will be photo cards that cause me to exclaim over how my friend's children have grown since last year. There will be people -- like me -- who scribble a quick note on a store-bought card. And then there will be those who make their own cards, leaving me to wonder how on earth they manage it and proclaiming that next year I will be one of them. Here are 10 ways you can create your own Christmas cards this year.
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Just a Girl shared her handmade Christmas greeting card tutorial on Pretty Handy Girl. I love that she choose to go with a pink and gold color scheme. These would also make fantastic thank you cards.
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Over the past few years, more and more of the card we receive are custom-made photo cards. While there are online services that will do this for you, it's possible to make your own at home. One Take on Life shared a tutorial on how to make your own photo Christmas cards using Photoshop Elements.
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If you don't have a photo editing tool, there are online tools you can use to design your Christmas photo card. Megan at Honey We're Home shared a tutorial on how to make a Christmas photo card with PicMonkey.
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Part of making a fabulous photo card is getting the perfect photo. The Lil House That Could made their own cards using Photoshop but also shared how they made a photo backdrop using wrapping paper and a king-sized comforter. The end result? A Christmas card nice enough to frame.
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Maggie's Christmas cards show that with the right materials making Christmas cards can be a snap. What I really love about her cards are the machine-sewn Kraft paper envelopes she made to go with them.
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Rory's homemade tri-shutter cards are stunning. I am in awe of them and can't believe she made almost 100 of these cards!
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Christmas can make me nostalgic and what better way of celebrating that nostalgia than to think vintage? No Pattern Required shared some vintage Christmas card inspiration involving burlap and yes, even a potato stamp.
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Do you have all your card making supplies lined up but you still searching for the perfect image to put on those cards? The Graphics Fairy is your new best friend. She has 100 free vintage Christmas graphics waiting for you.
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If you've ever had a vision of the perfect Christmas cards and haven't been able to find them, making your own is the perfect solution. Kirsten's mother really wanted some Texas-themed holiday cards but couldn't find any. Some blank cards, watercolours and Kirsten's art skills yielded an original set of Christmas cards. I think the armadillo is my favorite.
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Sometimes we have the best intentions of making our own Christmas cards and then life happens preventing us from getting to it. Don't despair if you find yourself reaching for a box of cards from your local store. You can still personalize them! I love how Zhing jazzed up a box of cards with some pretty tape and photo stickers.
Are you making your own Christmas cards this year?
Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in our 12 days of Holiday Crafts series.
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