Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Countdown, Dec. 24

Since it really is a bit late to getting a Christmas gift on Christmas Eve Day, I thought I'd put a gift selection on anyway. (Not all of us get all of our Christmas shopping done and wrapped in June.) So this selection I have chose for you is...

Homemade Cards
Don't go past this... they are almost forgotten these days. You don't have to be a master artist - you can even get pre-packaged homemade gift card kits in stores. (How ironic, huh?)  But no doubt about it... they are sooooo appreciated!

Here are some tips:

 TIP 1: CUT HOLES
For the Picture above... making a cut out-card always shakes things up a bit.
Fold your card stock in half, and make the inside a different color than the outside.  Then cut or punch a shape, or shapes, in the front of the card.
You can decorate it however you would like... and it always looks cute.
Try putting a worded, or patterned backround for a neat spin. Be Creative!


TIP 2: CUT AND GLUE

Have a kid Christmas.  That's the best way to make Christmas cards!
Cut strips of red, green, silver, gold, blue, or whatever Christmassy paper you have on hand, and glue them into simple designs. Stay away from intricate designs including millions of snowflakes, or strings of Christmas lights.





TIP 3: HALF AND HALF
Go ahead, use a plain Christmas card stock... but dress up the front.  Use a coordinating paper, darker or lighter, and glue it to the lower half of the front of the card.  Cover up the line with a ribbon or stickers.  Make sure that the two papers aren't necessarily the same color, but that one is plain, and the other patterned.


TIP 4: GOOGLY EYES AND FUZZY FELT

Take advantage of those childhood craft supplies... and make your card two toned and textured.
Find thick, embezzled paper, and rip out shapes to stick on the front.  Add hand written tidings, or a Christmas stamp.
Cut out felt designs to make reindeer heads or bodies. ItsOK if your deer bodies look like overweight bears... odd is in! Puff balls are fun to play with. Use them as noses, hat tassels, elf shoes, and rosy red cheeks.

TIP 5: MULTI LAYER
Give depth to your card... make an uneven edge, fold just off the center, or fold in thirds.
Make each "layer" a different shade, color, or pattern.  (coordinating of coarse.) And write your message on all three.



TIP 6: USE THE WHOLE FAMILY
Have the kids make the bows, have everybody write a greetings, scent it with Auntie's perfume.  Draw a picture of your family, help baby with the Christmas stamp set. Make designs with thumb-prints.



TIP 7: FRONT AND BACK ONLY
Sometimes more is less.  Make a one-dimensional card. Decorate the front, write your message on the back. It can even be used as a Christmas tree ornament.


TIP 8:TAKE A TRIP...
... into the past.  I never thought I'd say this, but not all "thoughtful" cards are homemade cards.  Take a trip to the antique store, and ask to see old fashioned greeting cards.  They can be anywhere from a dollar to five, but they can be some of the best ones ever.


Stick with CHRISTmas




Old fashioned fun









Gas or no gas...

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