Rustic homemade Christmas cards are always in style to send your holiday greeting, but even more so this year!
Why now? Because we all probably have travel restrictions in place this holiday season with the pandemic. So I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a few things over the 2020 festive season I may not normally be hoping for. At the top of my list is to feel:
- Connected to family and friends.
- Safe and cozy.
And what brings those things to mind for me is a nostalgic rustic Christmas card like this one.
Simple and earthy, I instantly think about a cup of steaming and creamy hot chocolate and a snapping crackling fire. All wrapped up in a cozy chenille blanket, I’m nestled in and lost in a good book while the snow is drifting down outside.
Doesn’t that sound perfect? No worries about masks and hand sanitizer at all!
And there’s no reason why we can’t send those kinds of feelings everyone’s way this year. Let’s take a closer look and see what elements really make this a “homey” card so you can make one too.
Rustic Homemade Christmas Cards
Buffalo Check Background Stamp
Nothing says warm and cozy like plaid flannel. Ideally in some kind of red with neutral tones, like my Cherry Cobbler on Crumb Cake. The Buffalo Check background stamp from Stampin’ Up! is ideal to convey this feeling! Just one stamp and you’ve got a wonderful design.
TIP: Whenever I’m using a large background stamp, I also pull out my Stamparatus stamp positioner. I can get perfect coverage in the exact same spot. If you’ve never seen one, check out this video to see why i think it’s a must have in every stamper’s toolkit.
Pair your Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake with a darker tone like Early Espresso to create an earthy feel. And pull everything together by sponging all around the edges of your checked background in the same colour.
You’ll find it immediately gives an aged feel to your design.
In fact, I’ve sponged anytime I’ve used Crumb Cake cardstock on this card. See just the hint of it on the greeting banner too.
Speaking of the greeting, the Banners Pick a Punch makes short work of a perfectly trimmed and aligned banner. Click this image to see how to make one in my latest JO-Tips video!
A Couple More Homey Touches
Add a further rustic feel with some linen thread wound roughly in a circle and glued under your greeting.
Peeking out the left edge of the greeting is one more banner with embossed snowflakes. I also sponged this one a smidge with Early Espresso.
And forget about elegant greetings for this kind of card. The full and fun brushed cursive style in the “be merry” is perfect! Add a cute heart in a colour to match and you are done!
Don’t Forget the Inside!
The front checked panel was just a tiny bit too large for the card, so I needed to trim off about 1/4″. Rather than throw it away, I used it to decorate the inside of the card.
If homespun and rustic is a style of card you also want to create this year, here’s another idea for you.
Over to You Paper Crafter!
I hope you give this homey feeling card a try. Here are all the supplies I used and you can add them to your own stash by clicking on any of them here. Or if you’d like to add them all, the “Add All to Cart” button at the bottom is a quick way to do this! Thank you!Supply List
Wishing You a Homespun Holiday
With the holiday season fast approaching during this peculiar year, you might be searching for some comfy-type card ideas too.
I suspect we may see more of these rustic homemade Christmas cards this year as we all connect with family and friends – not in person, but with the gifts of our handmade from the heart cards.