Countdown to Christmas | Using Non-Christmas Stamps to Make Holiday Cards

I’m one of those people who insist on waiting to put any Christmas decorations up at home until after Thanksgiving. I want to make sure our family has the opportunity to fully enjoy one holiday before moving on to the next.

If that’s the case, why on earth am I bringing up Christmas in July? Well, we are crafters, and creating handmade Christmas cards takes a lot of time. There is planning out designs, purchasing supplies, and then the fun (but time-consuming) part of putting it all together.

I wanted to start sharing Christmas card ideas with you now to give you plenty of time to plan so you aren’t caught off guard. But don’t worry, I won’t go overboard.

Did you know? If you make one card every week from now until Christmas, you will have 24 holiday cards.

My plan is to share a tutorial or inspiration card once a month over the next couple of months, then slowly increase my Christmas-themed posts as the holiday season approaches.

To kick things off, I’m showing you how to use everyday stamp sets to make fun Christmas cards.

One of the easiest things to do is to add Christmas hats to any of your critter stamps. It’s super easy to do and makes for some adorable cards.

Start by stamping the image you plan to use on your colored cardstock. You really only need to stamp the head.

Next, draw a triangle on top of the head and then add another triangle to make the hat tip. Remember to make the top point in the opposite direction you want the hat to end up when you’re all done.

Fussy cut the hat and then use the brush tip of black Stamp N’ Write marker to go around the edge of your hat. This will make all your cut edges look smoother. If you would like, you could use the writing tip to add details to your hat.

Then, grab a small piece of whisper white cardstock and measure the distance on your had bottom. Cut some fuzz lining for the bottom of your hat and a little ball for the tip. Adhere it all together and add to your critter.

The second thing I wanted to share with you was the Merry Christmas to All stamp set. I love this set because you can pair the sentiments in it with any stamp set to create a fun Christmas card.

I hope these tips were helpful to you. My question for you is this. What would you like to see next? Traditional cards? Non-traditional? Easy? Elaborate? Christian? Neutral? Card tutorials or just samples, or maybe simple tips or techniques that can be applied to any card? I’d love to hear what will make your holiday crafting be as joyful for you as possible so you can share that joy and be an encouragement to others.

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