crafty: simple, homemade holiday (or any day) cards

21 Dec

I recently took a card making class and decided to be ambitious this year and make my own holiday cards.  I learned three differstampsent styles but decided to keep it (relatively) simple by sticking with one type: the quarter-fold.

The first one took me about an hour.  Confirming the dimensions, the style and how each piece fit together took some time.  Once I got the hang of it, the time per card went down and I got even more efficient by setting up an assembly line- type process versus making each individual card from start to finish before moving on.

The imperfect part of this project was actually not being able to make enough cards for everyone on my list in time to send (I had to supplement with store bought) but overall I was happy with the 15 I churned out.

Oh, and the stamps!  The stamps I ordered were accidentally HUGE.  They were festive, though, so that’s what counts.


Here is one finished product, all tied up.


I had fun writing personalized and festive messages to friends and family.


I just loved this glittery blue paper, too!

I had so much fun picking different paper and embellishments to decorate.  The process was therapeutic and without major incident.  Most of all, it really got me in the holiday spirit. I had a total blast and loved that each card was unique.


These cards are so simple.  If you’d like to make your own cards, here’s how. You can change up the colors and patterns and make these cards for any holiday or event.

-Variety of colored scrapbooking paper or cardstock
-Scrapbook paper with complementary prints
-Embellishments, stamps
-Craft Glue
-Paper cutter
-Bone folder & scoring tool (for perfect creases)



1. Cut your cardstock or colored scrapbooking paper so it is 5 & 1/2 by 12 inches


2. Using a scoring tool, crease it at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches and fold the 4 and 6 inch creases in and the 2 and 8 inch creases out.  Use a bone folder to make that crease extra creasy!


3. Cut your complementary paper into two panels at 1 & 1/4 and 5 & 1/4.

4. Wrap your ribbon around the middle of the card and glue down the first panel over the ribbon.


Then…glue your second panel on the right side, mirroring the first (but leave the ribbon out of this one!)


5. Wait a little while for the glue to dry.  Then, place whatever embellishments, messages or other items you want to use inside and out.  I used stamps with holiday images or sayings inside.  I also cut out paper in different sizes and shapes to paste inside to add a contrast.  Be creative (and imperfect)! Enjoy!



2 Responses to “crafty: simple, homemade holiday (or any day) cards”

  1. lauren December 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    i had no idea you made the cards. it makes them that much more special. i love mine and am going to keep it up during all seasons – it’s that pretty! ❤

    • imperfectnesting January 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      thank you so much, laur! i’m so happy you enjoyed the card – i had so much fun making ’em, as you can see!

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