DIY Christmas Cards

DIY Christmas Cards

Have you sent out your annual Christmas cards yet? I’ll admit, I’m still yet to do mine, however I will be setting aside some time this weekend to write them all out. 

I’m a big believer in sending out cards – in fact, I’ve given Christmas cards out to friends and family since my childhood – and there’s something so nice about a simple and thoughtful card. 

So, in the interests of design, you have two options when it comes to your Christmas cards.

You can buy a pack of readily made cards {like these ones from kikki.K which are currently half price!}, or…

You can get crafty and make your own!

I like to do a little bit of both, really. There are some people that really appreciate a hand-made card, like my family, and others that it’s easier to just send or give a readily made card.

I tend to stick to a few basic designs when I’m making my own Christmas cards, and I thought I’d share those with you in this post just in case you’re still looking for ideas. 

To make these cards, you only need a few basic craft items, like: a stack of brown Kraft card, watercolour paint, paintbrushes, calligraphy pens, a pencil, an inky rollerball pen and some festive stickers.

DESIGN ONE | fairy lights

This design is simple! Using a pencil, lightly sketch your fairy lights onto the Kraft card. I did this with the card unfolded at first, to make sure the design flowed cohesively from one side to the next. 

Trace over the pencil outline with an inky black pen {this gold one is perfect – and also refillable}! The lines don’t have to be perfect, as fairy lights are often kinked and coiled in different places, too. Allow the ink to dry completely.

Taking a fine pointed round paintbrush, fill in your lights with various colours! I went for red, blue, green, orange and yellow, however I do think an all-yellow vibe would be beautiful as well. I had to reapply the watercolour three times to each bulb to get the colour as vibrant as I wanted it, however the design still does look beautiful if left a little washed out. 

Allow the paint to dry completely before folding the card and writing in it. 

  

DESIGN TWO | metallic

What I love most about this design is that it’s *so* ridiculously easy to create. 

I found the ‘ho ho ho’ metallic sticker in this years Paper Lover’s Book by kikki.K {also half price atm!} and there were a bunch of other stickers in there {including some in the most chic baby pink shade ever} if you wanted to create an entire range of cards using the same design. 

Simply fold the card as you want it and place the sticker on the side you want to be the front!

   

DESIGN THREE | snow

This design involves utilising the white pigment in your watercolour palette. Simply make little white dots of paint on the front of the card, and allow to dry. Try not to make the dots too perfect or symmetrical, as it is meant to represent snow, after all. 

After the white paint is dry, you can go in with your inky black pen and draw little stars or snow balls amongst the white dots. 

I also used my 1.0mm calligraphy pen to write ‘merry’ down in the bottom right corner, but you could skip this step or write something else, if you wanted. 

4 Comments

    • Sharni
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

      Thanks Candice!

  1. wildsmithmek
    December 15, 2018 / 1:48 am

    I love these cards! They’re so simple but so beautiful! Going to be using these to send to my loved ones!

    Lots of love,

    Molly
    http://themollymap.com

    • Sharni
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Thanks Molly! I’m so glad you love them 🙂

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