christmas card time…

well bloggers it’s hard to believe that december is only days away, and with that comes the rush of the holiday season.  we decided to get christmas cards made earlier than ever this year so i wanted to share a quick how-to in case some of you are looking for a little inspiration yourself.  we started out by using my christmas card tin from district market.  i love these since they are printed kraft card weight stock, and come with kraft envelopes.  the imagery is pure vintage, and the fact that they are blank inside is perfect for writing notes and of course stamping.  they come in a great reusable hinged window tin and all for about $14.99 (that’s just over a buck a card).  i’ve found lots of uses for these cards since i’ve designed a variety of style other than christmas, but ’tis the season so here’s how we accented the cards…

supplies: district market cards (merriment); distress ink pad/walnut stain; ink blending tool; red paint dabber; red archival ink pad; tinsel twine/silver; christmas adornments; long fasteners; kraft core core’dinations; mini holly die; tiny attacher; christmas silhouette stamp; craft pick; scissors; pop-it foam tape

step 1: begin by stamping a saying inside the blank cards.  i prefer to use a permanent ink for this stamping so i chose archival ink.

step 2: die cut several mini holly leaves using kraft core.  the best part is you can cut up to 5 layers of this cardstock with a steel rule die like this – what a time saver…

step 3: quickly ink the edges of the holly using distress ink and an ink blending tool.

step 4: fold the leaf lengthwise and ink the fold using the ink blending tool and distress.

step 5: open is back up flat and you’ve created a leaf vein.

step 6: using a paint dabber, simply dab the tops of some long fasteners with red paint – let dry.

step 7: secure a piece of tinsel twine across the bottom half of the card using a tiny attacher.

step 8: secure the other end as well and trim excess with scissors.

step 9: insert two holly leaves under the tinsel and secure them with the tiny attacher.  (this is the perfect tool for things like this since the staples are so small you don’t ever see them)

step 10: pierce a hole through the front of the card only using a craft pick – i prefer to pierce the hole close to the holly leaves.

step 11: insert the painted brad . (note: if you’re attaching a charm with a loop, use this brad to do so.)

step 12: for other charms simply adhere them with foam tape.

there you have it – stylish custom holiday cards in no time at all.  you can do all of the above steps “assembly style” and you’ll be amazed at how many card you can create in a single sitting.  hope this at least gives you some ideas to make creative cards even if you think you don’t have the time to do something 100% hand made.  after all, it’s the thought that counts isn’t it…t!m

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215 Comments to “christmas card time…”

  1. Cathie P. says:

    My heart skipped a beat opening your post (thought it was a 12 Tags of Xmas announcement) but I wasn’t disappointed as your post was inspirational and your cards–really lovely. There is just no excuse not to make something great thanks to all the Christmas themed products that you’ve made available to us. I suspect many of your ideas came from the need for “a little something” like tiny tinsel or Christmas charms while working on previous years’ tags. The fact that you have way more “stash” than the rest of us, has a great deal to do with the fun of watching what you do with it.

  2. jenni says:

    oh, what fun! awesome, as usual, and a whole lot of simple for an awesome look! wowzer!

  3. Terry says:

    What a great idea! Lovely collection of Christmas cards! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Di says:

    love the cards…now i need to get on it…thanks di

  5. Mary Jane says:

    Simple but beautiful! Perfect design when making multiples.

  6. Boo Martin says:

    Great way to use pre-printed cards!!! Of course your cards so pretty they don’t even need embellishments!

  7. Sara Ament says:

    Love, Love your Christmas cards! I hope both of you had a wonderful and relaxing day of creating! (I know that Mario isn’t a crafter; but it takes patience to sit and watch, while chatting!) Have a wonderful week!

  8. Annie says:

    Very pretty and easy cards to make. I always learn one or more tips when reading your directions. Such as the cool idea for coloring the tops of brads!
    I have been busy making my Christmas cards for several days using lots of Distress Inks and Dyan Reaveley’s inks and stamps. I am having so much fun!
    Annie in DE

  9. linda williamson says:

    Beautiful cards,I’m going to try this! Thanks Tim.

  10. Jane Mort says:

    Great inspiration! I just love all the District Market products and have ordered a couple of the totes and tins of cards to give as gifts.Thanks!

  11. SusanK says:

    The execution of these cards may be simple but you’re right that it’s the thought that counts. And often simple is better anyway. Happy holidays to you and yours!

  12. Cim Allen says:

    I love the inspiration .. they look great and they seem to go together fairly quickly. Wish I was on your Christmas card list .. how cool would that be ?!?!!? 🙂 Have a great day.

  13. Kelly Karas says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Look fun and easy!! Thanks for the motivation

  14. jenn says:

    These cards look great! It’s amazing how you make these look so easy starting with the pre-made cards.

  15. Elaine Allen says:

    What a great way to make blank cards your own! Awesome idea Tim! I think these look wonderful.

    Elaine Allen

  16. Barbara T says:

    These are great Tim!

  17. Sue b. says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Kim S. (nerdgrl) says:

    Love the ease of “construction” and how elegant they look.

  19. Tracey R says:

    Oh so pretty and instant! I love the nostalgic look of the finished card. Kudos!

  20. joy says:

    LOVE these cards, Tim! Those premade bases are a great way to get a jump start, that’s for sure!

  21. Michel E says:

    Thanks for sharing. Love the cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  22. Hetty says:

    lovely and easy card inspiration!

  23. Fab ideas Tim, thanks for yet more inspiration 😀

  24. neat cards, tim! I don’t have the district market cards, but do have core’dinations and your holiday themed pads. great way to use the christmas adornments, which are among my favorites.
    Linda in sc

  25. gail says:

    Sparkle! I really like the tinsel – what a great idea. Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  26. Pam L says:

    Love the images on the cards! And perfect for making quick cards! tfs!!

  27. diana says:

    Thanks for the ideas & inspiration. Simplifying the cardmaking doesn’t mean less beautiful cards! 😉

  28. Diana says:

    These cards are so cute! I love how quick and easy they are, yet really special and hand made.

  29. CJ Johnson says:

    Very nice and easy. Love the pile of leaves. that’s the kind of die a girl could get a lot of use from.

  30. Karen says:

    Gorgeous work and so quick too!

  31. Dawn Galland says:

    Awesome easy and quick to make cards.

  32. KateT says:

    Great ideas, I was just commenting to someone else that I need to batch make some cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ** Kate **

  33. butterfly says:

    Fabulous additions to already gorgeous cards – who wouldn’t love to receive one of these in the post?!
    Alison x

  34. Liva Kalnina says:

    Fast and simple – but oh so gorgeous!

  35. Winnie says:

    Love them! I better get cracking this weekend. I love that you painted your brads..Never think to do that!

  36. Joanne says:

    Just what I need this year quick beautiful cards. Thanks for that Tim. x

  37. Elin Larsson says:

    Wonderful xmas-card! Love the colours!!!

  38. Carolyn Bosley says:

    What a wonderful idea. Helps keep a fun but stress free time by starting with the District Market blank cards. Thank you once again for a great idea.

  39. Donna W says:

    Wish you had done this blog 2 months earlier. I finished my
    Christmas cards in Aug. maybe next year as that does
    look good and much faster. Love the charms – but will they
    go through the mail?

  40. Janet Castle says:

    Great looking Christmas cards Tim…looks like they were finished quickly too (always a plus in this busy world)! Thanks for sharing how you made them!
    Paper Hugs,

  41. Sue W. says:

    Beautiful cards! I just finished mine up over the weekend.

  42. Merete M says:

    Thank you for the inspiration, beautiful christmas card!

  43. Marianne H says:

    So cool, i will use that idea. Thank you! Have a nice day.

  44. Patricia Howarth says:

    Morning Tim, WOW what a fantastic idea for quick Christmas Cards, and they look absolutely gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia (from a frosty England) xx

  45. Wilma says:

    Yes, it is really time to start with christmas cards, thanks for your ideas

  46. oh this would save loads of time – I was beginning to think I’d have to forget making my own Christmas cards this year. Should’ve known you’d come up with a genius idea 🙂
    Debbi x

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