Since a lot of my friends and family live on the other side of the world, I need to get started on my Christmas cards early especially if they need to be hand-made (with love). I am by no means an expert at scrapbooking nor card making. I don’t have fancy die-cutting machines and expensive materials either. So, if you just like getting creative, have some basic tools and are not looking to spend too much, keep reading!
To get started, these are the materials I used:
- coloured stock paper
- pattern paper
- paper cutter
- washi tape (what’s washi tape?)
- layered chipboard stickers
- scoring board
I can never cut in a perfectly straight line so a decent paper cutter and a scoring board is a must for me. I tried to vary the texture of the ribbons I used as well. I got the layered chipboard stickers from the company BoBunny and the pattern paper pads from WildRose Studio. The rest, I got from a local craft supply store.
DIY Christmas Cards
I live in a small town in Italy and managed to find everything I needed without going to Milan. I imagine if you live near a Michael’s store you can get so much more creative than I did.
I needed to buy the majority of the materials on my list to make these cards and in the end, they cost me about Euro 2,00/card. However, consider two things: The paper cutter, scoring board and stamps are all reusable; sending the cards through the Italian post is Euro 2,00/card.
In the end, I’m probably just saving 1 Euro on these DIY Christmas cards but they were hand-made with love so it’s all worth it. Your costs might be lower than mine depending on what you need and where you get your materials from.
Did you make any this Christmas? Anything else you would add to the essential list for card-making?