Christmas is upon us! This year I wanted to craft an extra special holiday card that I could send to my friends and family. This is what I came up with! The card is festive, bright and, most importantly, made with lots of love. Holiday words encrusted with glitter form a cheery Christmas tree that is sure to make your loved ones smile. I hope you get the chance to make this card and send some handmade holiday cheer to the special people in your life. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays!
Here’s what you’ll need for this handmade card:
- A blank card and envelope (I used the standard 6.5×5 inch size. I like to buy these in bulk at a craft store.)
- One sheet of brightly colored cardstock or scrapbooking paper in whatever color you like
- One sheet of white cardstock or scrapbooking paper in white
- Craft glue or tacky glue
- Fine-tipped glue bottle
- Fine glitter in 4 festive colors
- Fine glitter in silver or gold
- A ruler
- A pencil
Let’s get crafting!
Cut out a piece of brightly colored cardstock/scrapbooking paper that is the same size as the blank card. I used a 6.5×5 inch blank card, so I cut out a cardstock piece that was 6.5×5 inches, as well. I like to line up the blank card with a corner of the cardstock and then trace the remaining two sides. This makes cutting out the piece quick and easy.
Once you have cut out the cardstock, lay it at an angle on top of the blank card. When you have it aligned in the way you like, flip both pieces over…
Then trace along the edges of the blank card. Cut along the lines you just drew on the brightly colored cardstock.
With the crafting glue/tacky glue, lightly dot the back of the cardstock. Using too much glue can create a sticky mess (believe me, I know), so hold back a bit here 🙂Then simply adhere the cardstock to the front of the blank card.
Cut out a piece of white cardstock that is 1 inch smaller (in terms of both length and width) than the blank card. The blank card I used was 6.5×5 inches, so I cut out a piece of white cardstock that was 5.5×4 inches. Then lightly dot the back of the white cardstock and adhere it to the brightly colored cardstock. At this point, I place a heavy book on top of the card and let the glue dry for at least 30 minutes.
When the glue has dried, lightly sketch out the word tree. If you use a heavy hand when you sketch out the words, the pencil marks can show through the glitter later on. Choose whatever words you like, saving the longer words for the bottom of the tree. Take a minute to think about which color of glitter you’d like to use for each word. Have fun with it! There’s no wrong answer here 🙂 Then trace over two words with the fine tipped glue bottle. If you don’t have a fine tipped glue bottle, you can simply use block print instead of cursive, as this requires less precision.Completely cover the words with glitter. Let the glitter set for about 5 minutes and then tap the excess glitter onto a piece of computer paper. Using the paper like a funnel, pour the excess glitter back into its container. That way, you don’t have to waste any glitter! More sparkles for everyone 🙂
Then trace over two more words with the fine tipped glue bottle.
Repeat the glitter process.
Then keep on “glitterizing” the card…
…until……all the words are festive and bright.
Trace over the Christmas star and tree trunk with the fine tipped glue bottle, and repeat the glitter process using silver or gold glitter. At this point you can stop, or you can add some glitter corners to the white cardstock. Either way, you have a lovely handmade card that is sure to spread some major holiday cheer! I hope you had fun!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!