I've been trying NOT to send out Christmas cards anymore. Between the time involved with making my own Christmas cards, plus the cost of Postage and Handling, it just seems an unnecessary added stress to the holiday I don't need. On the receiving end, my Christmas cards have been getting less and less every year. I think this is due to the older generation dying off (those are the die-hard Christmas card people!), and the younger generation just doing the annual social media holiday post. I always feel obligated to return a Christmas card to aging relatives who are not on social media, and if you have any of those loved ones in your family, I highly recommend sending them a snail mail card. It will mean the world to them to get a warm holiday greeting in the mail, along with an updated family photo.
Nevertheless, despite my sad attempts to not send out Christmas cards, whenever I get a Christmas card in the mail, I still feel obligated to return one. Here are a couple of cards I made using some gingerbread men I had in my stash. The gingerbread men were die cuts I had made with the grandchildren on a previous project.
I cut the gingerbread men using a Circuit machine then just adhered him to a piece of coordinating designer paper. I then cut a sentiment banner, stamped a sentiment, and adhered it to the card using brads.
My next card is an example of how you can still use broken die cut pieces to create a card. For whatever reason, these gingerbread men didn't cut out well, so I used just a small portion of them on my card: just the undamaged pieces. I put them in film frames (also cut with a circuit) and added some fun sentiments stamped on black paper with white craft ink.
I adhered all the frames to a fun Christmas designer paper and added another sentiment to the bottom frame.
After a decade of seeing a declining amount of Christmas cards, last Christmas I received more Christmas Cards than ever...so much for me NOT sending out Christmas cards anymore. I ended up scrambling to make more Christmas cards, which I will show you next week.
This year, I am once again NOT planning on sending out Christmas cards. We will see how that goes. 😁
So what about you? Do you still send out Christmas cards? I'd love to hear from you.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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