How to Make Your Own Cards and Put a Personal Stamp on Your Holiday Greetingscomments (3) November 28th, 2008
Cards can be as simple or as elaborate as you like with fancy material or recycled goods. Best of all, a handmade card really says you “care enough” to take the time to put your personal stamp on your good wishes. And, let’s face it, it’s not that dreaded annual photocopied letter that requires you to enumerate every near-perfect moment in the lives of everyone in your household—including the dog and the cat. Okay, I admit I actually enjoy reading some of those and have been known to write a “Christmas Letter” now and again, but never more than one page single spaced.
Here are some ideas to help get you inspired, whether you’re totally artistic or lack that gene—as I do—and need the help of some readily available and easy-to-use materials. One of my favorites is the rubber stamp.
Stitch a simple holiday design shape onto a piece of firm cardstock, like my satin tree that looks quilted with variegated thread. Add a little glitter, stamp on a message, sign your name, and you’re good to go.
This is probably the easiest of all. Take a photo, add a greeting, and glue it to some cardstock.
One of my favorites is this velvet-embossed card. All you need is a rubber stamp with a simple and bold design, another stamp with the perfect message, some heavy cardstock, a gold ink pad, some glue, and an iron and a spray bottle filled with water—and some velvet, of course. Be sure the velvet has some rayon. I’ve tried this with silk velvet and with poly velvet and it doesn’t seem to work as well.
1. Cut out pieces of the velvet large enough to fit the design. Use pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade.
2. Place the design stamp rubber side up on your ironing board. Spritz the right side of the velvet with a little water and place it right side down on the stamp. Now press with a hot dry iron for a couple of seconds until you see the design start to appear on the wrong side of the fabric.
3. Once you’ve completed all the embossing, add a touch of gold to the design with the same stamp.
4. Glue the velvet onto some cardstock, and stamp with a message to complete the card.
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