Christmas Card Ideas – Quick and Easy

OK. So in spite of all the promises you made to yourself Christmas is almost upon you and you haven’t started making your Christmas Cards yet.

You’re actually starting to think about using store bought ones this year.

Damn! you know your friends and family will be disappointed if you do.

So you need some Christmas Card ideas that are quick and easy so you can get all your Christmas cards made in the shortest time possible.

Well here are some Christmas card ideas that will help you do just that.

It doesn’t get any easier than this card.

  1. Cut a sheet of A4 card in half. Then fold one of the halves length ways to form a long skinny card with a top fold.
  2. Stick a strip of wide ribbon across the front or you can use a Christmassy paper.
  3. A shorter strip of contrast card goes on top.
  4. Then I printed out some elements from a digital scrapbook kit and cut them out to stick on the front. I used foam squares just to give them a bit of dimension.
  5. The great thing about this card is that you can print off a whole sheet of elements at once and you will be able to make a lot of cards in a very short time.
  6. Need some digital elements? Look no further than here.

This is another super quick and easy one.

  1. Run a sheet of paper/card through an embosser using a Christmas words embossing folder.
  2. If you don’t have an embosser you can use your computer to print a block of Christmas words and symbols using different fonts.
  3. Wrap a piece of Christmas ribbon or Christmas patterned paper around the middle.
  4. If you use the embosser rub a sponge with different colored ink over some of the words to liven it up a bit more.
  5. Then stick your decorated card topper onto a card base made from half a sheet of A4 card.

 

I have to confess I scraplifted this idea from Lindy Cawdell’s Pinterest board. It was so simple and elegant I couldnt resist.

  1. I ran my card base through an embosser but you could just use a contrasting colored plain card base and I reckon it would look just as good.
  2. Cut a colored piece of card smaller than the front of your card base.
  3. I then cut small squares from white card and ran them through the embosser using different patterned folders.
  4. I prefer to cut the squares first and then emboss because the embossed edges don’t catch in the blade of my cutter that way.
  5. If you don’t have an embosser you can use coordinated papers and still get a great result.
  6. Arrange 5 of the squares on your colored topper and stick down.
  7. Wrap 2 strips of ribbon around the final square and stick down at the back. Then stick it to the topper.
  8. Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon and stick on the square to make it look like a gift.
  9. Finally stamp your greeting onto a card or use a sticker or rub-on and mount it on to a matching card matt.

 

This one is super simple but looks more complicated than it is.

  1. Cut your card base a bit narrower than usual.
  2. Then snip off the top corners to make it look like a tag shape.
  3. Cut a small paper doily in half and stick it to the front of the card so it sticks out over the long edge.
  4. Cut a piece of patterned Christmas paper to cover the edge of the doily and stick it onto the card base. Leave about an inch at the top.
  5. Punch a hole in the front of the card base above the patterned paper and tie a gauze (or other) ribbon through it.
  6. Add your sentiment and you’re good to go.

 

And finally here’s a cool idea using your soda cans.

  1. Fold your card base the same way as for the first card.
  2. Stick a strip of Christmassey paper across the front. I actually printed this from a paper in one of my digital scrapbook kits.
  3. Cut up a clean soda can. I used a can opener on the bottom and them a pair of sturdy scissor to cut it up the side to make a rectangle.
  4. If you have a Christmas ornament punch that’s perfect but I used a flower petal punch. The individual petals can be made to look like Christmas ornaments. And the inside of the soda can is nice and silvery.
  5. For some extra oomph I ran the petals through the embosser to put some pattern on them .
  6. If you don’t want to use soda cans you can punch the petals out of card or patterned paper. Maybe use a patterned stamp on them for added interest.
  7. Stick the ornaments onto your card using foam squares to lift them up from the surface a bit.
  8. Add ribbon to trim and your sentiment and your card is done.

I’ve just finished making all my cards for this year (about 50, phew). Now all I have to do is write them and mail them.

I hope these Christmas card ideas have helped to inspire you for your own cards. I try to keep most of my Christmas cards simple because I have so many. But simple doesn’t have to be boring.

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3 Responses to Christmas Card Ideas – Quick and Easy

  1. Antoinette December 13, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Wonderful ideas, Karen! And I absolutely looooooooove your handmade Christmas Card (it arrived yesterday :D)

  2. Maggie December 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Thanks for these great ideas. And for the instructions on how to make them too. Now I’ll definitely have to get started on my Christmas cards.

  3. karooch December 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Wow that was a quick delivery Antoinette. Glad you liked it.

    Good luck with your cards Maggie. Once you’ve got the first one done you get into the rhythm for the rest.