Good morning! The countdown to Christmas has begun! (84 days to be exact!) I’m trying to tell myself that 84 days is still a long time, but I know the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be here in the blink of an eye.
One of my goals this year is to complete my Christmas cards before it’s crunch time. Family, friends and co-workers always love receiving a handmade holiday greeting, but mass producing cards can get a little overwhelming sometimes. However, with a little planning and a few strategic tips, this holiday task can be finished in no time!
- Pick a simple design that can be completed in just a few steps. (You don’t want to have to color and cut out 101 Santa images!)
- Keep embellishments to a minimum. Embellishments can get expensive & the added bulk will increase your postage.
- Use a standard sized card base. Cards that are too small cannot be mailed. Large or square cards require additional postage.
Here is a card I created for the new Holiday Cards & More publication where I’ve utilized these mass-producible tips:
Creating a simple design doesn’t mean that your card has to be boring! Try stamping your images with colored ink! It’s a huge time-saver and gives your project an added pop of color. Check out what I did below!
Instead of reaching for ribbon, try adding a bit of natural twine to your cards. Twine is very inexpensive & thin enough that it doesn’t increase postage costs. Another fun embellishment to use is washi tape (paper masking tape.) Paper tape comes in so many great designs, and the adhesive backing makes application a breeze!
I like using a standard A2-sized (4 ¼” x 5 ½”) card base. Two bases or four card fronts can be made from a single sheet of letter-sized cardstock with little-to-no wastage.
I hope I’ve given you a few helpful tips & inspired you to start planning your own holiday cards! World Card Making Day is right around the corner & is a great time to get started. The new Holiday Cards & More Vol. 6 issue hit newsstands yesterday and is full of inspiration!
What about you? Are you planning on mass-producing holiday cards this year? Have any great tips of your own? If so, we’d love to hear from you! One lucky commenter will win this cute Whimsical House set by Hero Arts!
Make sure to check back later this afternoon! The rest of the Go-to Gals & I are hosting a blog hop where you’ll have more chances to win paper-crafting goodies!
P.S. It’s time to announce some winners, don’t you think?!
Here are the winners from Teri’s Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals post:
Marlene (Sept. 21 @ 11:17 AM)
Jan Jacobs (Sept. 21 @ 12:36 PM)
Sheri K (Sept. 21 @ 9:38 PM)
And the winner from Jennifer’s DIY Gift Box post:
See Mary Stamp (Sept. 22 @ 7:19 PM)
The winner from Friday’s Countdown to World Card Making Day post:
Lily (Sept. 25 @ 1:17 PM)
And finally, the winner from Magazine Monday- History of World Card Making Day is:
Emily Keaton (Sept. 26 @ 11:17 AM)
Congratulations, winners! Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can get your prizes sent out to you!