If you’re pressed for time during the holiday season you just might you ask yourself, “Why send holiday cards?” What would happen if I skip a year? Who would notice if I didn’t send a handmade card this year?
Well, as tempting as that might be, let’s take a look at exactly WHY you DO want to set aside time to share your greetings during the holiday season.
But before I get to that, let’s take a peek at today’s soft and pretty card made with ink refills and Sparkle glimmer paper.
How’s that for a contrast with yesterday’s bold and bright card?
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE me some bold and bright colours – a LOT. But there’s something to be said for soothing and gentle greetings too. Especially during what sometimes can become a pretty overwhelming time of year.
Why Send Holiday Cards
So back to the why’s and wherefore’s and all that “stuff” for why send holiday cards. And not just any old card. Ones you make yourself!
Here are just a FEW of the reasons.
- Your crafting time is YOUR time to relax, have fun and explore new ideas. It’s precious so don’t give it up.
- A handmade card shows friends and family how much you value their part in your life.
- It’s a low-cost way to share the fun and friendship with more than a small few during the festive season.
- Cards can be inexpensive when you make your own.
- You have full creative license to design EXACTLY what you want when you make your own holiday greetings.
- It’s a great way to show your gratitude for kindnesses extended to you during the past year.
- Reconnect with those you may have fallen out of touch with.
- It’s a fun way to update your friends on your family’s activities (throw in a couple photos to make it even more special).
Aren’t those some pretty wonderful reasons to start thinking about your original holiday design?
I have to admit I didn’t get around to designing my own holiday cards last year. I KNOW! How awful is that when I DO this for a living?
And you know what? It felt like something was missing during the holidays.
I had several people comment on how I had missed them and they were disappointed. They look forward to receiving our news, reconnecting and seeing what I had come up with for a handmade design.
So never underestimate the impact your handmade greeting cards will have on others. And on yourself.
OK, if that’s the case let’s talk about a card you might like to make this season. One with a little technique to jazz it up.
Last time you checked the glimmer paper didn’t come in a light green did it? That’s where my product of the week, ink refills, come in. Here’s what you need to do to make ANY colour of glimmer paper.
- Fill your Aqua Painter with rubbing alcohol.
- Add a few drops of whichever colour you want to dye your paper onto an acrylic block. (I used Mossy Meadow.) TIP: Start with fewer drops. The colour is pretty intense and if you need to you can always add more.
- Pick up some colour with your Aqua Painter, squeeze your Aqua Painter over your Glimmer paper, then paint directly on top of it. TIP: It will dry lighter. TIP: You can make multiple layers of colours to add depth if you wish.
See all the steps in my quick video.
Quick Tips for this Happy Holiday Card
- Let your glimmer paper dry completely before running it through the Big Shot to cut out your words.
- Don’t lose the dot to the “I” in holiday!
- Create a swirly border for your words by repeatedly inking and stamping the swirls from the Merry Christmas to You stamp set in Soft Sea Foam.
- Add more sparkly by randomly attaching your clear rhinestones to a branch of the swirl.
Now you know the how and the why, how’s your design coming for this year?
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Why Send Holiday Cards
There will always be reasons to not get into your craft studio to make personalized greeting cards. The drive needs shovelling, laundry is due, the kids’ need a costume for the pageant…
But before you shelve Christmas card making this year, think about what you and others might miss.
I know you will never go wrong with designing then sending a handmade greeting card in the mail over the holidays. During the rush and bustle of the season, think how special you feel when you go to the mailbox and pull out a hand written card.
You can be absolutely sure this year I’ll be scheduling time to get my own done. I don’t want to miss out again. And I don’t want others to ask themselves “Why send holiday cards” and drop me off their list either!