I have really been trying to be more “crafty” lately. It is something I truly enjoy doing and is such a stress reliever for me. This year I decided I wanted to try to make my own Christmas cards. I originally was going to order some but I could not find any that I really liked. I wanted some that came with a bookmark so it is a card and keepsake gift too. I couldn’t find any that were affordable. I decided to come up with my own idea.
These are my Snowman (or snowlady in this case) bookmark cards. They are not too fancy but I kind of like how simple and clean the cards are and then the snowladies add that special, sparkly, custom touch. Read on for the easy tutorial.
-Craft Cards & Envelopes (5×7 size) Choose any color, I decided to go with the craft paper color.
-White bookmarks (you can buy these pre-cut or cut your own out of white cardstock)
-Christmas pattern/color scrapbook paper
-Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– Scrapbook elements (the flowers on the hats are scrapbooking embellishments from the $1 bin at Micheal’s (set of 12)
-Stamps with the messages of your choice (for the outside & inside)
-Stamp ink pad
-Xacto Knife or Box Cutter
Directions for the Card:
1. Stamp the inside with your holiday stamp (if you choose to do this, you could leave it blank and just write a note)
2. Stamp the center on the front of the card with the “Let it Snow Stamp”
3. Using the Xacto knife or Box Cutter, cut a slit above and below the stamp area on the front of the card about 2 1/4 inches wide. This is where you will slide the bookmark in at.
4. I have an initial stamp “M” I use on the back of all my paper projects just to leave my trademark on them.
Directions for the bookmark:
1. Use a corner rounder on the bottom to round the corners off.
2. You could create a stencil to make it the snowman shape, but I just freehanded cutting the sides to make them look like a snowman. I also freehanded cutting the head part. The top doesn’t have to be pretty as the hat will cover up 1/4 to 1/3 an inch of it.
3. Using a 2 x 2 square of your Christmas colored paper, cut out a top hat. Make sure the bookmark and hat don’t stick out over the top of the card. Trim the bottom of the bookmark if you need to.
4. Using a 3 inch long by 1/2 inch wide strip of matching paper, just cut out a curvy scarf. Then cut the fringe out on one end of the “scarf” just using the scissors.
5. Using Mod Podge, glue the hat to the head of the snowman.
6. Using Mod Podge, glue the scarf to the snowman, wipe off any excess Mod Podge. Place the scarf angle so it looks like the wind is blowing it.
7. Using the Tacky Glue, glue 3 sequins to the body as the “buttons”
8. Using the Tacky Glue, glue the flower embellishment to the hat. Allow the glue to dry.
Putting it together:
Just slide the bookmark in-between the slits on the front. Then your card just needs to be signed, sealed, addressed & delivered!
I purchased most everything on sale at Michael’s for 40% off and used my 40% off coupon for 40% off the 1 item that wasn’t on sale. The stamps I bought at Hobby Lobby, they were also on sale. My total cost per 20 cards made was about $15 which is an incredible price, less than $1 a card.
What do you think about these cards? Have you ever made your own Christmas cards? If you like this craft, I would love & appreciate if you would share it, tweet it, pin it and /or comment below. Thanks so much!
PS Be sure to check out my DIY Snowman Wreath Tutorial too!
— Misty Kearns (@ceoofmeinc) December 18, 2012