Homemade Gifts: Cards

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My second standard card.

Christmas is one of my favorite times to make homemade gifts. A standard gift that I make every year is a package of homemade cards. They are cute, easy, and a perfect gift for almost every female on your list. I use these as a simple thank-you gift for my kids’ teachers, for the neighbors, or an add-on gift for a family member.

Last year I made a packages of 13 different cards out of 3 different, coordinating 12×12 pieces of paper. This was a lot of fun but a lot of work. I made the packages in the summer so I had plenty of time to get them all done. This year I wasn’t quite so on top of it. So instead I made two different, coordinating packages of Thank-you or blank cards that can be used for all occations. I broke out my Cuttlebug and embossed a few to add some extra character.

Most of the time I just use whatever supplies I have at home so the packages cost me nothing, especially since a lot of my supplies have been gifts to me 🙂 This year I was able to score on some super cute paper and embellishments that were being clearanced out at JoAnns!! I don’t normally splurge for the coordinating stickers, but it did make my cards extra special. If you don’t have embellishments always check out the clearance section at any craft store or in the $1-$2 section of Michaels. Or you can make your own with stamps or cutout shapes of paper.

Here is how I made my cards this year:

The super cute clearanced paper.

The super cute clearanced paper.

 

If you don’t have paper, you can buy some packages for $5 at Walmart. Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn’s all have paper, just remember your 40% off coupon! You can also just buy individual sheets for under $1. Remember that three to four 12×12 pieces of paper can make a lot of cards!

 

Super cheap embelishments!

Super cheap embelishments!

 

The top two packages were clearanced out at JoAnn’s. The bottom two packages of flowers are my standard $1.50 purchases from Michael’s cheap section.

 

My first standard card.

My first standard card.

 

This card makes it into all of my packages. It is simple and cute. I cut all of my white cardstock into 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch sheets of paper. The coordinating pieces of paper are cut into strips of 3 3/4 inch by 1 and 5/8 inch. Then it is embellished with a coordinating sticker. You can also use a flower. Or, stamp words like “Thank-you” or “Happy Birthday” on a white piece of cardstock. Then put it on a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper to border the stamp and use that as your embellishment. This card can be a vertical or a horizontal card depending on your embellishment and whichever way you like it best.

 

My second standard card.

My second standard card.

 

This is the other card that is always in my card packages. You can totally change the look of both of these cards by just switching out a few of the papers. The pieces of paper are cut into the following sizes of paper: top left: 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches; top right: 3 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches; Bottom left: 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches; Bottom right: 1 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches. Then you can either use a flower, sticker or stamp on another piece of paper to put on the card where all the corners meet.

 

Finshed package

Finshed package

 

Here is one of the finished packages. Each package has 6 coordinating cards. Remember to include envelopes in the packages so they are all ready to be used. You can always stamp Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary or Thank-you on the inside of the card if you want. I decided to leave them blank so that my friend could choose what occassion to use it for.

 

The second package of cards.

The second package of cards.

 

Here is the second package of cards that I made as gifts. For this one I used my Cuttlebug to make them extra special. I also used my heart punch to make two of the bottom cards and to make the flower on the top left card.

 

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To make a flower out of hearts you just punch 4 hearts out and put all the points together. Then you all a flower or jewel in the center to complete the flower. If you don’t have a heart punch, no worries, just get out the old stencils and scissors 🙂

For more card ideas check out my “Cards” board on my pinterest page!!

~Dana

 

 

 

 

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