‘Tis the season for parties, but what could be better than a party where you can accomplish something that’s on your to-do list? Have a Christmas Card Making Party and invite a few crafty friends and family members this year. It’s not too late, especially with the very easy Christmas cards I’m going to show you how to make in this post.
invite some friends
Text your friends, call your friends or send an evite because this kind of party is very informal. You want each of your guests to have their own spot at a table to work, so don’t invite more people than you have room for. You can have guests sitting at your dinner table, a folding table and even on stools at your counter.
Food and drinks
For this party, I would suggest keeping it very simple for food. Some plates with cheese and meat would be good. Go back and read my post on Charcuterie Boards to give you instructions and tips how to make some really nice platters of cheese, nuts, fruit, olives, etc, and then guests can go back for more of the food as the party goes on. Another great thing to serve would be Christmas cookies. For drinks, a non-alcoholic hot cider and maybe some mulled wine would be a couple of festive choices.
Don’t forget the music
This party definitely calls for some Christmas music, so whether you are playing CD’s or a mix of Christmas songs on Spotify, music will add to the fun atmosphere.
I would invite guests to bring any sort of card making supplies and/or embellishments they have to use and possibly share. You should make sure to have plenty of cardstock available, colored pens, colored pencils, scissors and paper cutters, double-sided tape and glue dots. If anyone has Christmas stamps and ink pads, they are perfect for making cards. See below, where I have given links to purchase most of these card making materials from my friend, Jennifer Kennealy’s, © Stampin’ Up! website.
Some fun embellishments include ribbon, stickers, punches in fun shapes like snowflakes or Christmas trees.
Make a few card samples ahead of time, if possible, and invite your guests to do the same. It’s fun to bounce ideas off each other and combine ideas you already had with some new ideas a friend might bring.
I have a dear friend, Jennifer, who I met about 18 years ago, on our sons’ first day of kindergarten. They became great friends that very first day, and today, at age 23, they are still good friends! And luckily, Jennifer and I have remained friends over the years, too. Jennifer is incredibly talented in many areas, and has her own Etsy shop, YarnAndCotton, where she sells some beautifully crocheted items. She is also an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up and constantly creates the most beautiful cards for every occasion, so I asked her to come to my house and help me make a few sample cards to show you. These cards are just to give you some inspiration, but I can tell you that they were so quick and easy to make.
You can see many of Jennifer’s crafty creations on Instagram: @yarnandcotton and similar products as seen in the cards pictured in this post are available at jenniferkennealy.stampinup.net, where you will see lots of great examples of cards you can make and the ability to contact her to purchase any products you might need.
The cards shown in the two photos above were so simple to make and were all made with the same set of patterned paper. The sets include 2 each of 6 different double-sided papers (12” x 12”). And I also used only one set of stamps and a one (from a sheet) iridescent snowflake on the polar bear card. For the polar bear card, for instance, all I did was take a 5×7 inch plain, white cardstock card. I cut the green patterned paper just slightly smaller than the card and I used double stick tape to adhere to the white card. Then I cut the pinkish patterned paper just slightly smaller than the green paper and I used double stick tape again to stick it on. Then I took one of the other patterned papers in the same set that had a print which included the polar bear, so I cut around the edges of the polar bear only and stuck that on the front of the card. I used a simple “MERRY CHRISTMAS” stamp to stamp on the front, and I stuck an iridescent snowflake on it. Easy peasy, I promise!
In the picture above, we just made two very simple gift tags, using the same supplies and some white string to tie them to the gifts.
When you sit down with some friends for a couple of hours and make easy cards like these, they not only look cuter than the store bought cards, but they mean even more to the recipient that they were hand made by you. You can choose to make a few different styles of cards or you can choose just one. Then make your first card, all the way through, but with the rest of your cards, make them assembly style. Cut out all of the green pieces of paper the same size first. Then cut out however pieces you will need of the pink paper. Then cut out enough polar bears for each of your cards, and so on. When everything is cut out and ready to go, glue or tape everything together.
Above are two adorable gifts that look so impressive but are very simple to make. They are made with cute gift tags, cellophane gift bags and a little bit of candy. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love either of these as a little gift!
I hope these ideas inspired you to try making a few cards of your own this year. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in supplies, and you also don’t have to hand make your own cards for everyone on your list. They can be made for the few that are maybe most special to you. Your Christmas Card Making Party can consist of you and just one or two friends, too. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening with someone that you’ve been wanting to catch up with!
Thank you for stopping by my website to see my post. There are many things to celebrate this time of year, so take time to stop and appreciate them!