10 Techniques for Handcrafted Cards

Handcrafted Holiday Cards become keepsakes for the special people on your list.

They can enjoy them this year and frame them as future holiday decor. Here are 10 techniques that take your handcrafted cards over the top... 

Details make all the difference. Use rich, creamy layers of color pencil to color your rubber-stamped image. 

My favorite, favorite color pencils are Lyra. 
{This isn't an ad for them, I just really love them.}

You can use a mix of background papers and ready-made glittered lettering like this "Ho Ho Ho!" 

But... Deepen the dimension by using glue pop dots to raise the letters. 
And achieve even more depth by inking the edges of the letters and background papers for a shadow effect.

Add paper punch snowflakes in white and aluminum foil flakes (click here for the technique).

Rubber stamp more snowflakes for layers of dimension. Once you've stamped your sentiment and image, color in the image, ink the edges of the card stock, and then... 

machine stitch it to the card. It gives a quilted, homespun warmth to the card. 

The original child image actually is not holding anything. But you can stamp a wreath, jingle bell, or some other item in her hand. Have fun using your imagination!

All these beautiful layers and textures...

...create a keepsake that could be framed for future holidays!

Summary of 10 handcrafted card techniques:
  1. rubber stamp a sentiment and various images
  2. use creamy colored pencils
  3. layer background papers
  4. ink edges for shadowed dimension
  5. use glue pop dots to raise some elements
  6. use paper-punched elements
  7. use the "tinfoil technique" for snowflakes
  8. machine stitch the card
  9. alter original images by relating other images or stickers to them
  10. frame the card as holiday decor

Now, if you don't have time to do all that for each of the 50 people on your Holiday card list, take the shortcut I describe *here.*

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Happy Holidays!

Be sure to join the party that just started!

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Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Thanks for the tips! Yours is so cute!

Anne said...

Thanks for the great ideas! :)

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing all your great card ideas. I need some new colored pencils, I'll have to try those!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

These are just beautiful!! You really make me want to give it a try.

allisamazing said...

Thanks for sharing these great tips!

Unknown said...

wow, that is one great card! So many elements, I wouldn't want to send it to anyone! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

Katie Drane said...

This is awesome! And very helpful too:)


Unknown said...

Thanks for the great tips. I love the cards! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. :)

Crystelle Boutique said...

Great tips...! I will be using these... :)

hugs x


Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I'm always saying I want to make card, then never do, because I'm not sure what I'm doing. Thanks for the tips

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I'm always saying I want to make card, then never do, because I'm not sure what I'm doing. Thanks for the tips

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Wow! You're very ambitious and creative! These are so lovely. Thanks for linking up!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

thanks for your great tips! and I love the foil snowflakes! brilliant idea

would love it if you could share this on my link party @ www.serenityyou.com

Natasha xx

Cassie Bustamante said...

these are adorable! i am not much of a paper crafter, but this is too cute!