Hello Fancy Pants Designs friends! Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?? It's that time to start getting your cards put together, and I am here today to share some tips with you to help make the process a bit easier.
Tip #1: Don't overwhelm yourself. Making your own Christmas cards can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you have to make a lot! Know your limits, and don't try and do too much. If you only have to make a few, say 10 or so, then it may be fun to add lots of little details and elements to your cards. But, someone like me, who will end up making roughly 45 cards, doesn't really want to take on that much! So again, know your limits and stick to them!
Tip #2: Be organized.
Get all of your prep work out of the way. Get everything pre-cut, punched, load up on the adhesive, get all of your card bases ready, etc. Being organized is going to make the whole process run smoother.
Tip #3: Create your card on a separate piece of cardstock/paper.
When making my Christmas cards (or any card for that matter), I always design and create it on a separate piece of cardstock or paper. After it is completely done, I then adhere it to my card base. For me, it makes the process so much easier. Also, it is a great way of hiding your stitching, brads, etc from showing on the inside of the card.
Tip #4: Use tape to clean up your stitching.
I tape down every, single thread on the backside of my cardstock. It is SO much easier than trying to tie off your stitch. And, it lays down much smoother, so you don't have any bumps from underneath. (This is great for layouts, too! I tape down my thread and brads, and they slide into my page protectors perfectly!)
Tip #5: Make your cards flat.
This seems a little odd, especially for me who likes to add foam adhesive to every project I do, but it will save your pocketbook when you go to mail them! Adding foam adhesive and buttons could cause your cards to not go through the post office's 1/4" slot they use to measure the envelopes. In general, if you add dimension, you have to pay more to mail your cards. So, I always try and go with a flat design so I don't have to pay extra! (This is not guaranteed, but is definitely something to keep in mind. And, if you don't mind paying the extra or are handing out your cards, then add those buttons!)
Here is one of my finished cards, following the above tips. I love the ticket roll that came with the Merry Little Christmas collection, and decided to use one on each card as the sentiment.
I used almost every paper from the 6x6 pad and cut strips for the trees. This was such a simple design, but I love how it uses so many of the different patterns and prints from this collection! I also like to make each card just a bit different, also alternating between the white and kraft card bases, just because I like it! :)
Here are a few of my cards together. I love how they turned out, and can't wait to get them mailed off! I hope that these tips were helpful in your Christmas card-making adventures!
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