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Christmas Card Ideas

Christmas Card Ideas That Will Help You Personalize Your Holidays and make everyone feel very special!

 

Christmas Card IdeasSo, the Grinch stole Christmas! He did it because he was tired of all the commercialism. I understand. I long for the times when Christmas was more about spending time with loved ones and less about stressing over finding the perfect gift; when little handmade mementos were more valuable than a department store gift card (no matter the amount). Just call me sentimental, but my favorite part of Christmas is getting together with friends to make cookies, spending time with the kids coloring Santa Claus pictures and conjuring up any Christmas crafts that I can think up.

Christmas Tree StencilThat being said, I have come up with some great Christmas card ideas. First, I designed a few stencils (of course you can find them right here) and then I set about exploring the variety of card making techniques that I could apply to these designs. And even I was impressed.

So, now I want to share my Christmas card making ideas with you because I know when you take the time to relax and immerse yourself into a fulfilling project like this you will not only get into the spirit of the season you will also make someone feel very special that you took the time to make something special for them!

Let’s start with the basics of card making and then move on the creative ideas, alright? Cut a sheet of colored paper down to a 6×8 inch rectangle. Fold in half to create a 4×6 inch card. Put this on the side for later. Place a copy of the stencil on top of another sheet of colored paper and cut along the lines with a craft knife. Press down firmly to cut through both pieces of paper. Glue the image to the front of the card. That’s it! Easy, right?

Christmas Ornament StencilWell, here are some great ideas for adding a creative touch:

Words are powerful. How about putting some traditional holiday greetings on the card behind your stencil image? It’s easy. Just type your message (Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas) on a Word Processor. Set the margins so that the message will print on your 4×6 inch cover and print on the card stock. Experiment with different fonts and colors for your card.

Don’t forget that even though these stencils are created to be cut outs, you can also apply paint through them. In fact, once you've cut out the image from the construction paper, you now have a stencil for painting more cards.

Be creative and use these stencils in the negative. There are many ways to do this. For example, let’s say you cut out the tree for one card and now you have a piece of colored paper that has an image of a tree cut out of it. Cut that piece into a 4×6 inch rectangle with the tree in the middle and glue it to the front of another card of a different color. Or you could trim around the tree and create just an outline.

You know what would be great with these personal touch Christmas Cards? A wonderful gift made by you too! Get some great ideas about these kind of Christmas Crafts.

Reindeer StencilDon’t forget that these stencils can be flipped to face in a different direction. For example, the reindeer can face to the left on one card and to the right on another.

After you have used your stencil to cut out the first image (as described above) you will have a traditional stencil with an opening which can be used to trace the image onto other sheets of colored paper for multiple cards. Of course, these images will have trace marks on them, so gently erase the marks or turn the paper over and glue with the clean side facing up.

Find other ways to decorate the cards. Glue a festive ribbon along the bottom or use some spray glitter to give it a glamorous look.

Use a hole punch tool to make cute circles from the construction paper and glue randomly over the card as snow or just decoration.

Snowflake Pattern Gift Card IdeasClick here to see how to Make A Snowflake Gift Tag like these cuties and you'll find another Free Christmas Stencil.

Also, paper tends to get rippled when glued, so after the glue has dried, place the cards in a heavy book to flatten them back out.

Reduce the size of any image on a copy machine. Cut out the image to decorate the envelope and match the card.

Now, I know you can come up with many other creative Christmas Card Ideas. After all, it’s that personal touch that you are shooting for, right? And don’t forget that even in the end the Grinch found out that Christmas was something that comes from the heart!

Ornament Stenciled Gift BagMerry Christmas and Happy Stenciling!

Penny

So, you've seen how to use stencils to for Christmas card ideas and then with personalized gift, what about some unique gift bags? Read on at Christmas Craft Ideas.

 

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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