Christmas Card Ideas

Making ‘Production Line’ Christmas Cards

I have been going nuts over the last few weeks, as the realization of Christmas has fully dawned on me, making the dozens of cards I need for the season.

Normally I start my run in mid-year so I’m not under too much pressure as we get to the pointy end of things. But sadly, not this year.

But I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the good news is it’s not an oncoming train.

I’ve pulled together a good mixture of simple ‘production line’ type cards that are easy to repeat as well as some more individual ones. I like to have a good mix as not everyone values handmade cards in the same way.

“Production line’ type cards don’t need to have a mass produced look about them and they don’t need to bore you witless as you churn out same card after same card.

By ‘productionizing’ a key element of the card you can incorporate it into different designs with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Super simple Christmas Card idea

These Christmas trees came on a sheet of 8. I just cut them out and mounted each on a matt. Then stuck the feature element on the front of my cards.

But by varying the background treatments a little and the shape of the cards they all have a different look. And it took no more time to do this than if I had made them all look alike.

Christmas Cards ideas with a little bit more

In the set of cards below I made a bunch of decoupage elements from a freebie I received with a magazine (thank you DoCrafts). So they’re all based on the same element principle, although the actual pictures are different.

But all these cards look different because I made changes in how I used the decoupage element. And the backgrounds for all of them are pretty simple so it didn’t take too long.

And your digital scrapbooking skills can be a real blessing as you do some Christmas Card production lines.

Print out some Christmas elements and use them on your cards like I’ve done here.

I made the NOEL element using an alpha from a digital scrapbook kit I’ve had for a few years and the Christmas trees are printed and cut from another kit.

The great thing about these elements is that you can color them to suit your Christmas card background or theme. And of course you never run out. Just make as many as you need.

Tip: Make sure you come back to Scraps of Mind on December 1st. I’ll have links to a humungous Christmas Freebie site where you can pick up heaps of digital Christmas kits and element all for free. It will be AWESOME!!

Christmas Cards personal and productionized!

And finally, of course, you can go the ultimate in productionzing your Christmas Cards by making completely digital cards like the one I’ve made here.

The wonderful thing about this approach (apart from being able to print off as many as you like or need whenever you want them) is that they’re so very personal. I used a photo from a previous Christmas of my daughter to make a unique card.


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4 Responses to Christmas Card Ideas

  1. Elaine December 1, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Hmm, I can’t seem to get my production line going and mine only involves one design!! Your’s are very impressive. I think I’m going to have to pull my fingure out and start TODAY.

  2. karooch December 1, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    And today is the perfect day to start. Go get ‘em, girl.

  3. Elaine December 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Well I’m on a roll, I’ve made one, but I’m pretty chuffed because I’ve used a couple of techniques not used before. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • karooch December 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Yaay! Cheers for you. Once you’ve made a couple you start to get the rhythm of them and it all flows much easier.