Adventures in Card-Making

Is it to early to plan Holiday cards?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Creating holiday cards can be a daunting task but if you start early it can turn into a fun and rewarding experience. First you have to write down all the people you plan to send cards to. Next put the people into categories i.e. Jenny- religious theme, Bill- Holiday song, Aunt Nancy- snowflakes etc. Believe it or not, this part is easy!

Next decide what design you want. This is made easier if you have a sketch book or a folder of cards you have made in the past or cards you want to make now, or finally a collection of card making magazines. After you decide on the designs, you can then decide if you want to embellish or not. For instance, the first card on the left below  is a simple design. The one on the right is more complicated.

My advice is to take the original list and put down next to the name what kind of card you are going to make for them. You might find that 1/3 of the people will have holiday images and the rest are religious-themed cards. Now, you can make all the cards the same if you wish. However, if you are sending cards to co-workers, try to make the cards slightly different from each other. If you are going to add embellishments, go for paper buttons, brads, ribbons etc. Your wallet will thank you.

Depending on how many cards you need to make set up an assembly line. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the cards and the envelopes and of course, your individual hallmark on the back. My advice is to print out the sentiments and glue onto die-cut labels and then Xyron them. Then you can just peel off the sentiment and your card is done.  Time how long it takes to make one card. Multiply that times the number of cards you must make. Then schedule on your planning calendar. When I worked, I started making cards in late October/early November and strived for 2-3 cards a day. Don’t be afraid of asking for help from your family. Children love to glue!

You can see more of my cards on

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‘Til next time,




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