Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crafting | Anatomy of a Holiday Card

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:


  1. Love that custom ornament more than I can say! And how did you get 15" strips for your tri-folds?

  2. Those cards are absolutely incredible Christine!

  3. You are a crafting goddess! Your cards are turning out spectacular. Your friends and family will love them.

  4. Those are just so beautiful though, Christine!!!!

  5. ADORABLE! I love that little ornament!

  6. you are very busy... like your beautiful holiday cards!!

  7. OMG! These are amazing! Love love love love the little reindeer with the red nose.

  8. Wow - these are amazing. Love the reindeer card, and the custom ornament with your Silhouette cutter.


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