Good morning Echo Park friends! Have you started making handmade Christmas cards yet? This thought may be overwhelming to some people, but today I want to share with you some tips on how you can create six cards in one hour! When I am working on Christmas cards, I try to keep in mind three things: keep it simple, use 3x4 cards, and repeat the design. Anya here today and I am happy to share with you six cards I created using the “O Holy Night” collection.
For all of my cards today I used the 3x4 journaling cards from this collection. This particular set has two sheets of each. As we all know, it is always faster to create two identical cards than two different ones, therefore I made three sets of twin cards.
For my first card set I used the dark blue 3x4 card from the 3x4 Journaling Cards patterned paper with the beautiful calligraphy sentiment. I added two more pieces of paper underneath the card for a layered effect, slightly offsetting them, and finished the card with some little details like a die cut piece, enamel dot, sticker, and faux stitched lines. All of this was arranged on a piece of All Is Calm patterned paper.
The next two cards I kept pretty light and used the journaling card with an Angel. To emphasize the golden shades on this card I used a piece of Gold Shimmer Cardstock by Carta Bella to add as one of the layers, as well as die cut a pretty decorative label from it. I based the card on a piece of the Christ is Born paper, finishing it off with another die cut piece and a golden enamel dot.
The last two cards feature the Silent Night 3x4 journaling cards. Again, I followed the same “recipe” for the card adding two pieces of paper as layers, two die cut pieces and a few tiny details like enamel dots, tiny white dots, and a double line of faux stitching.
All of my cards measure 4.25x6.25” which lets me use a 4x6” piece for the background and one to cover the back panel. For the back panels, I cut up the Border Strips patterned paper into six 4x6” pieces and used them for all of the cards.
I hope I’ve inspired you to take this approach next time you’ll need to create a bunch of Christmas cards. Can you imagine how many cards you can get from just one collection? Thanks for joining me today and happy card-making!
Products used to create these cards:
White pen, enamel dots, adhesives