Christmas cards are one of the oldest traditions of the holiday season. And there is isn’t anything like a handmade Christmas card to show you care. Making your own Christmas cards is just a more personal and special manner to express your Christmas wishes and greetings.
However many people are skipping the tradition of sending holiday cards altogether due to high postage or the simplicity of e-cards. I hope you won’t be one of them. There’s really nothing quite like the surprise and feeling of receiving a real card in the mail, especially a handmade one.
5 Reasons You Should Send Christmas Cards
Many of us are inundated with emails each day, so it’s refreshing to receive a real card in the mail that let’s us know our loved ones are thinking of us. According to Psychology and Aging, receiving Christmas cards increases feelings of happiness, especially in older people who may not be as tech savvy as others. And of course, the more the merrier.
Keeps loved ones in the loop with your life
Taking the time to write out highlights of your year and big updates in your life keeps your friends and family in the loop with what’s happening with you. Sending a Christmas card gives a more personal snapshot of your life than just reading short Facebook updates every now and then.
Serves as decoration for friends and family
The festive holiday portraits, Christmas colors and warm holiday wishes often times serve as Christmas decorations in your friends and family’s homes. People love to display all the Christmas cards they get in the mail to have a reminder every day of all the special people in their lives.
Updates your address book
Sending a Christmas card is the perfect reason to reach out to loved ones who may have moved during the year in order to update your contacts with their current addresses.
Gets you on other’s Christmas card list
It would be pretty sad to not get any Christmas cards in the mail, wouldn’t it? And though it doesn’t happen overnight, that is what happens if you stop sending them. Gradually you drop off of other people’s lists until you’re only getting a few. The good news is you’ll be back on their list the minute they get your card in the mail.
But whatever your motive, receiving a Christmas card that you’ve made is sure to make anyone happy and prove a memento they’ll likely keep for a long time.
Making You Own Christmas Cards
Stampin’ Up! has some of the cutest Christmas stamp sets this year that will make creating your own Christmas cards a snap. Here are just a few.
Can’t make up your mind?
They also have a complete kit that makes the decision making about what kind of to make easier.
Christmas cards are so much fun and I want to help you make your Christmas cards this year. To do this I will be posting card ideas and tutorials throughout the month of November. Here is the first one.
This card is from the Merry Little Christmas Suite
To make this cute but simple card all you need is
Deck the Halls Tutorial
Cut the Following:
Card base Old Olive 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
DSP (designer series paper) layer 3 3/4″ X 5″
Whisper White 2 3/4″ X 4 1/4″
Create White banner by cutting 3/4″ up from bottom center then from each bottom corner to top of center cut
Inside layer Whisper White 5 1/4″ X 4″
DSP tails 3/4″ X 3″ cut in half on diagonal
Stamp in black “Deck the Halls” to center of white banner
Stamp in Old Olive decorative border above and below Deck the Halls
Glue DSP to card base
Adhere black DSP tails to bottom of banner
Adhere jute with tape runner to card base
Use dimentionals to adhere banner over jute
Glue inside white layer
Look for more Christmas cards though out the month.
I hope you will keep the tradition alive and make your Christmas cards to send out this year.
Happy Stampin’ and Merry Christmas!