Monday, November 23, 2009

Semi-Handmade (aka super simple;) Holiday Cards

Anyone up for some super quick, semi-handmade holiday cards? I know, I know... we want to send everyone on our list beautifully crafted cards that look like we toiled on them for hours, but lets be realistic... how many of us have that much time? Sometimes it best to save those works of art for our very special friends. 


Here are a few ideas for whipping some cards that are clearly homemade... just not super complicated;)


1. Start with a package of die cuts, 1" wide strips of coordinating patterned paper, and blank cards & envelopes.
2. Lay out strips on your cards about 1/2" from the bottom of the card.

3. Now embellish...
Variation 1 (super quick, super simple)
  • layer die cuts on top of your patterned paper






Variation 2 (super quick and simple)
  • staple twine across patterned paper
  • use pop dots to add dimension to your die cut  







Variation 3 (quick & simple)
  • ink all edges
  • use pop dots to add dimension to your die cut
  • add a bow


Variation 4 (simple)
  • add stitching (it screams "I'm handmade")




There you go... four quick and simple cards that you can make in a matter of minutes, using any die cut pack and patterned paper:). Happy card making & thanks for coming by!

Today I'm thankful for...
1. preschool Thanksgiving parties
2. chocolate cupcakes
3. breakfast, lunch and dinner with my whole family


products: patterned paper: (Mistletoe & Co. North Pole by Pink Paislee), die cuts (Mistletoe & Co. punchouts), ribbon (American Crafts), twine (Darcie), ink (Chestnut Roan chalk ink by ColorBox)