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Friday Freebie – Printable Holiday Cards

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Free Holiday Cards

This week I have a special treat for you guys, a set of a couple printable holiday cards (for personal use only).

To download it simply click on the image (or the link) and if it doesn’t work try to right-click on it and opt for the “save target as…” option (it may be phrased a bit differently on different operating systems – but do NOT opt for the “save image as” option, as you will get the low resolution tiny preview image).

To use them, simply print the PDF file on a letter sized cardstock, cut them, lengthwise, at 4¼” and fold each piece in half, inward. That’s it.

You can then add a ribbon, a chipboard element or leave it clean and simple, as is. No more than a minute per card.

Now, as much as I appreciate Jennifer Mc’Guire‘s beautiful, artistic cards that every single time make my eyes pop or Lisa Spangler‘s adorable and beautifully made cards and as much as I love Kristina Werner‘s graphic style and creative use of products as well as many other über talented and creative card-artists out there – when the time comes to send dozens, if not hundreds, of holiday cards – I don’t think it is practical to engage in such intricate card making [not to mention one must also be as talented as they are to achieve all of that].

Therefore I always keep it quick and simple and there’s NOTHING SIMPLER than printing, cutting and folding in half…

I hope my mischievous methods will also be helpful to you in this holiday season.

You can always make a few special, more time consuming cards to your close family and best friends…

Make sure you didn’t miss the rest of the free printables on Creativity Prompt.

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How are you handling the card giving season, excuse me, the holiday season…? Please leave a comment and share :)

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Video Tutorial – Dimensional Ornaments Card

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Dimensional Ornaments Card

I wanted to share with you a quick and simple card I made. You can also use the same technique to create ornaments for your tree. You may use any symmetrical shape to make it.

Supply

How To


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Step by Step Instructions

  1. Cut you cardstock at 4¼” lengthwise and fold in half to create your card base.
  2. For each ornament, punch 5 punched pieces of patterned paper and fold each one in half.
  3. Adhere only one half of the punched piece to the second one, making sure the edges are aligned and repeat on all five punched pieces.
  4. Repeat for all the ornaments you want to add to your card.
  5. Decide how you want to lay your ornaments on your card and pierce a hole on top of each ornament and another hole on the fold of the card in a straight line above each ornament.
  6. Thread your embroidery floss through both pierced holes and tie at the bottom, close to the top of each ornament.
  7. To secure the knot, apply a glob of a strong liquid glue on each knot and attach a gem to it, to conceal the glue.
  8. Adhere the ornaments below each knot.
  9. Stamp your greeting.

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What holidays are you celebrating in the next couple months? I am really excited about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Share yours by leaving a comment below.

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Cards. Cards. Cards.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This week I was determined to dig deep into my stash and make stuff with forgotten products, side by side with some new products and toys I bought lately. Mix old with the new and get into the holidays’ spirit…

Card
Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, Scalloped circle punch, ink: Palette hybrid in Pure Poppy and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Apron Lace border punch by Fiskars, Stamps: Papertrey Ink “Retro Basic Backgrounds”, Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. The striped paper was cut diagonally for a diagonal design. 2. For the flower I punched a gazillion scalloped circles (ok, just 10) and attached them together with a brad. Then I crumpled each layer to create a super-dimensional flower.

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Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, wire rimmed ribbon, ink: Palette hybrid in Dark Chocolate and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink, red felt marker, white gel pen.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Corner Chomper, stamps: Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. I pleated the ribbon, the wire rim helps it stay put. Then I took a strip of a strong double-sided adhesive and attached it to the cardstock and adhered the pleated ribbon to it. 2. For the layered, distressed background, I first stamped a generic houndstooth pattern in a cream colored ink, let it dry and then stamped a text pattern with brown ink over it.

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Old: Cream card, red-brown thread, Palette hybrid ink in Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink, Kaiser Craft’s clear rhinestones, Fiskars 2″ circle squeeze punch.

New: Brother LS2125I Sewing Machine, American Crafts cardstock, Stamp: Papertrey Ink “Mixed Messages”.

Techniques: This is my first trial ever at sewing, so I’m pretty proud of the semi-straight border :) 1. The border is sewn with a zig-zag stitch. 2. the circle was punched with a 2″ circle punch and adhered to the card with temporary adhesive. Then I sewed freely inside and around the circle to create a rose-like abstract pattern. I also made one run with no thread, for a dotted-punctured effect.

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Have you been hoarding products that has been collecting dust in the back of the shelf? Have you used your scraps/old supply lately? What have you been doing? Have you been experimenting with a new toy or technique? Share! I love a good discussion :)

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Super Quick Holidays Cards + Free Template (Update)

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Super Quick Christmas Cards

Yesterday I posted a video tutorial and a free template on making super quick handmade cards for Christmas.

A reader has reminded me that some people may want to make handmade cards for other holidays, or for non-religious holidays, which is so true. I celebrate Hanukkah, for instance. Though I do send Christmas cards for my close Christian friends.

So I decided to make 2 more templates – one for Hanukkah and one for general holidays greetings for all of you to enjoy:

Enjoy!

I’d love to see the cards you’ve created, so please share.

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Creativiy Prompt – Super Quick Christmas Cards + Free Template

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Super Quick Christmas Cards

Sending handmade cards is a wonderful and well appreciated gesture, but with a recipients list as long as eternity, who has the time to make them?

What if most of the work was already done? The basic design has been laid down. The greeting has been “stamped” and all you had to do is cut, score, punch and paste? That would really give the push you need to accomplish your goal of sending handmade cards to all your acquaintances.

Search no more. I have sorted out your Christmas cards dilemma for this year.

Below you can find a printable template (PDF file format) that does most of the work for you. If you are interested, keep on reading.

Tools & Supply

How To


[Watch on You Tube]

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Print the template on a cardstock of your choice (8½” by 11″). Make sure your printer’s setting is on “No scaling”.
  2. Cut your cardstock at 5½” and score each half at 4¼”.
  3. Cut 1¼” by 1¼” squares from the patterned paper of your choice. Use a punch to make this step super quick.
  4. Adhere your patterned paper squares to the squares on the template, using dimensional foam adhesive.
  5. Either stop here, right a personal greeting inside and send the card OR embellish some more.

Quick Christmas CardsQuick Christmas Cards

Quick Christmas CardsQuick Christmas Cards

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I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share :)

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Creativity Prompt #30 – Turn Your favorite Layouts Into Holiday Cards

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Christmas & Hanukkah are on their way… There are so many errands to run and so much work to do by then. It isn’t that unusual to get to the holiday cards at the very last minute. Sometime it can be discouraging.

But don’t worry, I have a little secret which helps me to make cards quickly and easily – that means I don’t have to give up on handmade cards for the holidays, even at the last minute.

My secret is very simple – turning my most used and loved scrapbooking layouts into cards. I already know the design is going to work for me so it’s a foolproof system. Who said scraplifting is for scrapbooking only?

For this week’s creativity prompt I ask you to make handmade cards regardless of how close the holidays are getting.

The Layout –
Grid Layouts

The Cards –
Holiday card-grid
Holiday card-grid

The Layout –
Long Border Layout

The Cards –
Holiday card-long border
Holiday card-long border

The Layout –
Vertical+horizontal Layout

The Cards –
Holiday card-Vertical+horizontal
Holiday card-Vertical+horizontal

Enjoy!!!

If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your holiday card creations, so don’t be shy and share :)

Do you have any fast card-making tips?

Related Posts –

  1. The Complete Guide For Easy Holiday Cards.
  2. Mini Cards & Envelopes Set.
  3. Card-Set Holder.

Creativity Prompt #18 – The Complete Guide For EASY Holiday Cards

Friday, September 26th, 2008
Greeting cards on display at retail.
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The joy and magic of the holidays are already here. I love everything about the holidays. The familiarity. The festivities. The customs. The atmosphere around. Funnily, I don’t just love the holidays I traditionally celebrate, but all the holidays (except for ones based on hatred which I do not condone nor enjoy).

Nothing conveys the holiday’s spirit more than sending cards with holiday greetings from the bottom of the heart. We have this saying in Hebrew: “what comes from the heart is also received by one’s heart” and I do believe that giving the cards some extra attention by hand-making them makes all the difference. It becomes unique, original and most of all – drenched in love and attention.

Having said that, I do know you are all thinking I have gone mad. Handcrafting the 300 cards or so you need is the understatement of time consuming and who has free time on his hands these days? Fear not, as I’ve got the perfect holiday-cards-solution for you!

The Ultimate Guide For Handcrafted Cards

  1. Plan Ahead. Card making, as every other time consuming chore needs a game plan. You need to figure out the scope of the task and prepare accordingly by cutting the chore down to bite-size chunks. Starting a couple months in advance should be enough – so start now for Christmas/Hanukkah and if you’re celebrating Rosh-Ha’Shana (Jewish new-year) than either run a “card-a-thon” this weekend or aim for next year…
    • Figuring out the scope -or- how many cards do you actually need. Make a list of all potential recipients. Use these groups as reference: family, friends, colleagues, business partners, neighbors etc.
    • Time slotting. Now, that you have a definite number of cards you need to prepare (1517), divide this number by the number of days you’ve got until the “d-day” (when considering your “d-day” allow enough time for mailing the cards) and that is the number of cards you’ll have to make each day. Feel free to play with the numbers,allowing more card making time over the weekends or vice versa – whatever works well for you.
    • Gathering materials. Make sure you have everything you need for the cards, otherwise the production line would be cut off and you’ll use its momentum. Don’t forget the basics like: adhesive, cards and envelopes. Make a “card station” with all the materials you’ll need for the card.
  2. Think: “Mass Production”. The only way you can conquer this behemoth of a chore is by tagging along the momentum a production line. You need to get to the point where your actions are technically automatic. OR you can prune your list down to the very close loved ones and prepare a killer one-of-a-kind card for each (but this is not really the point, isn’t it?!?).
  3. For creating your own little card-production-line, just follow these principles:

    • Go For A SIMPLE Design. This is really not the time for intricate and artistic cards, detailed cut outs and seventeen-steps stamping. Leave those fun interactive -secret tags-double pop-ups-magic- cards out for now. GO SIMPLE. Use nestable punches or die cuts and go for linear design with no more than a few pieces of patterned paper, a piece of ribbon and one additional embellishment you can just stick down and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should go for ugly, just make it quick and easy – so reproducing it 1517 times would be feasible…

      Embellishments

    • Use pre-cut and pre-scored cards. Save your time for important stuff. Cutting and scoring aren’t. Feel free to use other pre-made stuff as well like paper flowers and threaded buttons. Relax, it isn’t cheating just being sane. If you insist on making your own cards – make it in advance. First cut all of them and then score all of them (remember: production line thinking).
    • Use Scraps. Another way of saving precious time is using scraps. We all have them and using them saves time on cropping and coordinating. As an additional advantage you are stretching your hard-earned buck and being more tolerant to your environment.

      using scraps

    • Use Tools. The right tools can save you time and money. You do not need to go overboard, just get a paper trimmer, a bone folder, a craft knife, scissors, a ruler and cutting mat, a few nestable punches and a crop-a-dile (for good measure).

      Tools

  4. Personalize. Don’t throw away all the hard work of making your own cards by forgetting the final personal-touch. Hand write the recipient’s name and add some personal hand-written words – even if it’s just: “Luv,(your name goes here)

Here are some example for easy-peasy cards I have made – feel free to “lift” the design (click on the link to get to the original Flickr photo-page and then choose “all sizes” for watching it in high resolution):

holiday cards

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Now it’s your time to throw in some good advice on handling the massive holiday-cards-making task and to share your own holiday card-creation.

Leave a comment on this post with an advice or a link to your creation.

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