This year I decided to make my own Christmas cards. I usually don’t send that many so it’s worth putting in some extra effort to make them special. It’s also a great tip for students as the cards cost me next to nothing to make.
My first port of call when thinking about what to make is always Pinterest. In the last year I have not organised them conventionally into themes, but had a board for each month. This is going to allow me to look back at the end of the year and see my changing tastes and moods through the year. You can find my Pinterest here.
To create my design I first sketched a Christmassy shape in pencil. This one is a tree, but I also did baubles, stars and stockings. Having done this I used a ruler to draw straight lines across the shape at varying widths.
Now it was time to add the writing. Again I did this in pencil and used a ruler to mark out the spacing of the letters. This takes a bit of time, but makes a more professional final card as the shape is filled evenly. Again I used Pinterest as inspiration for the different fonts used.
Once everything was drawn out and I was happy with it I drew over it in a black fine liner and rubbed out the pencil marks. The lettering should create the shape of the Christmas shape. Finally, I drew the star on top in pencil and used watercolour paint to colour it a contrasting red. With the bauble, star and stocking I added red hanging catch, ribbon and cuff respectively. The final touch was to draw around the star in fine liner and write in the card.
My flatmates loved their cards and they all tacked them onto their doors. I can’t wait for the ones I sent to arrive.
What Christmas crafts have you made? Do you make your own Christmas cards?