I love sending handmade cards to friends and family during the holidays. Over the years, everyone has come to expect a handmade card and my list has grown to over 100 people who I send cards to at Christmas time. It's a challenge to get all of those cards done but I've developed a really easy assembly line system to help me create unique cards fast.
I created these 8 cards in about 30 minutes using Tombow USA Adhesives and the Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit.
The teams got together and created LOADS of beautiful holiday and Christmas projects using Tombow USA Adhesives and the Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit. Be sure to hop through to all the blogs in order to enter to win the TWO amazing prize packs up for grabs. When I received the kit, I knew I was going to make cards. The papers and embellishments were all perfectly coordinated which makes creating with the kit super easy.
You'll need the following supplies to make these cards:
- Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit
- Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent
- Tombow MONO Adhesive Vellum
- Tombow Foam Tabs
- Tombow Xtreme Tabs
- Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue
- Tombow Xtreme Adhesive
- Tombow Blending Kit
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Tombow Foam Tape
- Paper Trimmer
Watch the video above to see how I made these cards from start to finish. I really only took 30 minutes to create all 8 cards!
Follow these tips for creating handmade Christmas cards in bulk:
Cut all the card bases the same size. You can cut some of the cards to open vertically and others to open horizontally but cutting the bases the same size makes it easier to cut papers to fit the cards and easier to design from one card to the next because everything is the same size. For example, from an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock you can cut two A2 cards that measure 5.5″ x 8.5″ each OR cut two cards that measure 4.25″ x 11″ each. When folded, both of these card bases are A2 sized at 5.5″ x 4.25″. The paper used to cover the fronts of these cards is the same size for both.
Cut the papers for the fronts of the cards all at once. I like to stack my card elements – I put the card base down on the table and stack the papers I want to use on it on top. Then I repeat the process with the next card. This helps keep things in order for the next step.
Once all the card fronts are cut, glue them to the cards. Do this all at once – glue the fronts on all the cards on.
Embellish the cards with stickers, brads, die cuts, ribbon, and more. Use Tombow Foam Tabs to create dimension when adding items to the fronts of the cards.
Creating ombre wood veneer die cuts:
To create an ombre effect on the wood veneer die cuts from the Clique Cards Holiday Edition Kit I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Blending Kit. Color on the Blending Palette with one of the Dual Brush Pens. Pick up the color with a Blender Pen. Color the wood veneer from one side to the other. The color will fade as it slowly transfers to the wood from the Blender Pen.
Repeat with various colors like I did on the word die cut on this card or use a single color to create a shadow effect, like I did on the Christmas Tree wood veneer shape. On the word “merry”, I colored from the outside edges towards the center with the Blender, loaded with red ink. For the words “& Bright”, I colored from the center of the word out towards the right and then out towards the left to create a reverse ombre effect.