I had mentioned on Facebook this past week that I was working on some handmade holiday cards. A couple of my friends wanted to see what I was making, so I thought I would blog about my holiday card process.
For the past few years we’ve made our own photo cards using digital scrapbooking supplies. I would create the card in Photoshop and then I would send it to some place like Shutterfly to get them printed. This year, I decided to hand-make the cards. This turned out to be a huge undertaking that I was not prepared for! These handmade cards are taking a lot longer to make than I had thought they would take. I think it didn’t help that I decided to make trifold cards, which had many more sides to decorate than the standard card.
The front of the 3.5 x 5 trifold card is decorated with a strip of patterned paper. I die-cut the red scallop mat with Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink and Limitless Layers dies, using my Sizzix Big Shot. Then I stamped the reindeer in Pure Black ink onto Stamper’s Select White cardstock. The reindeer stamp is part of Papertrey Ink’s Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set.
I punched out the stamped reindeer using my 1.75” circle punch. I colored the reindeer’s nose with red coloring pencil. Then I used my dot roller adhesive to adhere everything onto the card. The “Happy Holidays” stamp is also from the Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set.
The inside left of the trifold cards is stamped with different sentiments using the Stylish Sentiments: Holiday stamp set from Papertrey Ink.
The inside middle of the card is a photo I printed out 3.5x5 on our home printer. Photo is from last December 25th at the beach. I added “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” in Photoshop first, then printed the photo.
I glued the photo to the inside middle of the card. Then I cut out a strip of white cardstock and stamped a sentiment in the middle, using the Holiday Photo Finisher stamp set. Then I adhered the sentiment strip over the bottom of the photo.
The inside right of the card is a custom designed shape I made in my Silhouette Digital Cutter software. It’s an ornament with our name and year on it.
I cut out a whole sheet of the ornament in green cardstock.
After removing the die cut from the mat, I tied some Divine Twine in Holiday (red, green, and white) to the top of the ornament.
Then I glued the ornament onto the inside right of the trifold card. Here’s what the inside of the card looks like unfolded.
I plan to write a short personalized greeting on the other side of the ornament.
I’m making these trifold holiday cards in assembly line style. I’m doing one step at a time to all the cards. So for instance, I made the outside of the card first.
Then I stamped all the inside lefts with sentiments.
Then I glued all the photos to the inside middle of the cards and the strip of sentiment over it. Then I glue all the ornament die cuts on the inside right, etc. Like I said, these trifold cards turned out to be a lot more work than I had imagined. But I’m almost halfway done with them and they do look really nice!
Here’s my list of supplies: