Handmade Christmas Gift #1 – Use your stash: Handmade Cards

Now that the holidays are over I can start revealing some of the handmade gifts I gave!

Every year for Christmas, I make my mom a set of handmade cards for her to use throughout the year. I usually try to pick the obvious themes for cards (birthdays, babies, thanks yous, sympathy) and mix in a few uncategorized cards for her own purpose. Back in August when Hurricane Irene came barreling through, I spent the weekend crafting in which I was able to craft her Christmas present a few months early!

Handmade cards are not only a great handmade gift to give but making them is also a great way of using up your scraps! I have this big bin of paper scraps that I’ve sorted by color. I keep it under one of the table legs of my Ikea table and it’s always at an arm’s reach to be able to grab and go when crafting.

bin of extra paper scraps

I was able to use many of the techniques I played with in earlier weeks on some of these cards. Using strips of patterned papers with edge punches (supplies: Punches – EK Success, patterned papers – Martha Stewart Crafts, stickers – Jolees):

handmade cards using strips of paper with punched edges

Using a negative space – like the card at the right in the below photo (supplies: Patterned paper – K&Company, Stamps – Hero Arts & Inkadinkado, Punches – EK Success and Stamping Up):

handmade cards

Using up die cuts (supplies: Diecuts – K&Company Amy Butler, Stamps: EK Success Image Tree):

handmade cards using K&Company Amy Butler diecuts

And I also played around with a fun stamp set to create these uncategorized cards for her own use. The flowers and leaves are all stamped shapes that I cut out and arranged! (supplies: Patterned paper – K&Company, Stamps: Inkadinkado):

stamped hand made christmas cards

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