Everybody loves to receive, and give, hand made Christmas greeting cards. With just a little effort, the whole family can join in to make unique, individual cards using natural materials such as straw, dried grasses, paper doilies, dried flower petals or pictures cut from magazines or catalogues, cottons and paints. With cardboard, envelopes, some glue, and lots of imagination, the range is limitless.
You will a select of card boards with which to make your cards – the cards can be of different colours, and either matt or shiny. You will also need, in some cases, paper or thin board to stick onto the back of the design. Glue, sharp scissors, paint brushes, different coloured ribbons, fabric scraps, coloured cottons are also necessary. When the cards are finished, match with an envelope, and they will be ready to write in and send – a truly unique Christmas card.
Cards Using Dried Grasses and Straw
Check the laneways in the countryside for wheat stalks, straw, and grasses of various shades of gold, browns, creams and yellows. They can all be used to create lovely cards. The work is fiddly, but the results are worth it. Plan a motif on a piece of paper, and then select the dried straw pieces, of different colours if possible, to use. Using sharp scissors, cut the straw pieces into the desired shapes, and then glue them carefully onto the blank card. You can create flowers, bells, ribbons, candles, leaves, and so on. Use small swatches of grasses, or tiny seeds like linseeds and sesame seeds to add extra colour and texture.
Needlework and Fabric Cards
Keen embroiderers will have no problem creating unique greeting cards. Designs can be of cross stitch – flowers, candles, berries and leaves – or in normal long and short stitch. Sketch the design lightly on the fabric, and then fill in it with stitching. Cut a length of card three times as long as the required size. Carefully cut a window into the middle section, and stick the finished fabric onto the card so the embroidery shows at the window. Fold the first section over neatly and glue down, so the back of the embroidery can’t be seen. The card can then be folded in half to form a normal greeting card, with space for writing.
Silk Painting Card
A variation of this card is a silk painted card. In this card, silk painters can create beautiful cards that resemble stained glass windows. Cut square, circular or oval openings, in both the central and the first section of the card. Glue the silk painting onto the central section as usual, then fold the first section across and glue it down, so the back of the fabric can’t be seen, only the design. When the card is stood up, a tea light in a small glass can be put behind the painting, highlighting the design.
Cards Using Fabric, Cottons, and Pictures From Catalogues
This is where imagination can be given a free rein! Cut Christmassy, flower, or other interesting motifs from magazines or catalogues. Create your greeting cards by gluing the motifs onto the front of the cards. If desired, only one type of material, such as paper, can be used, but differences in texture and colour can also be achieved by using different mediums, such as coloured cottons, slender ribbons, dried grasses or flowers, paper doilies, and so on.
Finish the cards with greetings to the recipient inside, pop into an envelope, and post!