Handmade Christmas cards tools and tips
Get into the Christmas spirit this year with beautiful handmade Christmas cards. They’re fun to make, and are a great way to start the festive season. The tips and instructions below outline everything you need to create Christmas cards with that personal touch.
What you need to create your very own beautiful Christmas cards
Christmas Papers and Accessories
There are a fantastic range of papers in colours and textures that are ideal for Christmas cards. If you mix and match these with Christmas accessories and shapes you can create a professional looking card that will really impress your friends and family.
Paper Cutting Instruments
For best results use a solid trimmer. They are great for making cards, invitations and other stationery and can always be used later for scrapbooking or cutting photos. Alternatively, craft scissors (to create interesting edges), standard scissors or a Stanley knife (which can be somewhat dangerous!)
Glues and adhesives
It is important to choose the right type of glue or adhesive for the job.
- For layers of paper and card – Double sided tape is the best option,
- For gluing pre-cuts (or where extra strength is required) – Double sided hi bond tape is the best option.
- For gluing translucent papers – Vellum tape is the most discreet tape and creates a minimal ‘wet mark’.
- For gluing rhinestones and gems – Gembond glue as it will not dissolve the silver backing and cloud the stone.
- Be careful if you choose to use wet glues such as Clag, Uhu or craft glues.
There are lots of envelopes available in various shapes and colours. Here are my top seven tips to choosing envelopes for your hand made Christmas cards:
- Envelopes in Christmas colours such as red, green, silver or gold are a nice touch and are usually no more expensive. Recipients will know your envelope is not a bill when they see it in the letterbox! Always organise your Christmas cards before the envelopes. This way you can make sure that they fit.
- Envelopes should be slightly larger than the Christmas cards. For example a 160mm sq envelope would hold a 150mm sq card. This stops the card getting damaged as it travels through the postal system.
- To avoid the task of licking large numbers of envelopes, use envelope seals or double sided tape.
- Always print in black and pick a clear font to aid in 100% deliverability.
- Remember if using a dark colour, make sure you use a white address label