Friday, December 7, 2018

How to Make Your Holiday Cards on a Budget

Robyn here today to show you how to make beautiful holiday cards on a budget. 

If you are like me, you have a bunch of people you want to greet at the end of the year, including work colleagues. We don’t do photo cards, so I like to send hand-made cards. Like in so many areas at this time of year, my limitations are time and money.

I solve the time conundrum by making a simple design in batches using Henry Ford’s innovation – an assembly line. I make them frugal by using papers from my stash, supplies from the dollar aisle, and this year, leftovers from holidays past.

Earlier in the year, I grabbed a bunch of packs of cards and envelopes from the dollar aisle at Target. Turns out the “cards” were single pieces so I set them aside for other uses. The kraft paper envelopes are nice. The cards will be small – 5 x 3.5 – but that is enough room to write a greeting inside. I started with a batch of ten.
To begin, I cut 7 x 5 pieces from several different single-sided holiday card stocks, and folded them with my bone folder. Then I trimmed the leftovers into small pieces to layer – using scraps is so frugal. I inked all the edges of the layering pieces with red ink, and wrapped them with baker’s twine, held with a staple or two from my Tiny Attacher.

Next, I used tiny dabs of Best Glue Ever to adhere the first layer to the card blanks, mix-and-match having a care for the direction of the writing on one of the designs. 
Tiny dabs 

Mix and match cardstock
Then it was time to start decorating each one. I had some cardstock holiday themed ephemera for some of the cards, and a bunch of gift tags left over from last year. I used BGE to glue them to the fronts. If they fit under the twine, I glued them flat. If they were too fancy or wide, I used some foam shapes to bump them up over the twine. BGE works really well to join different surfaces.

You can see that I only used tiny dabs

The snowflakes are die-cut wood in either natural or silver

Some tags had a greeting, already. For those that did not, I tied on a black and white “chalk board” printed label, again left over from last year. In the end, all that was left were embellishments, including just a few Robin's Nest Dew Drops, placed easily with the Embellie Gellie

Some needed pins for a bit of extra shine and interest. It was easy to slide them under the paper between the dabs of Best Glue Ever. Had I used a tape glue, that might have been tough.

Here are the ones with pins, with the points safely under the cardstock

Finally, for an extra touch, I stamped an ornament image on the flap of the envelopes.

Rubber stamp from the dollar bins at Michaels, a couple of years ago.

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Products used:

Tim Holtz - Tiny Attacher
Recollections Signature Paper Pads - "Naughty or Nice" and "The 12 Days"
DCWV - The Luxury Stack
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Die Cut Shapes, kraft paper envelopes - Target
Craftsmart Inkpad - Dye in Black - Michaels 
Stash items: Assorted gift tags and labels, Baker's twine, scarf pins, rubber stamp

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