Crafts DIY Holidays


December 7, 2015
handmade card

Inspiration for handmade Christmas cards and a DIY tutorial.

For as long as I can remember I have been making Christmas cards. It started with scribbled misspelled holiday greeting cards to my parents, evolving eventually to include stick men. Eventually this gave way to hand painted cards, every year something different. I then started painted these cards for others, Mike, his parents, friends.


One of the many cards i painted over the years.

Eventually I decided I wanted to try something different than painting and tried cards that involved more of a crafting touch. I liked the 3D sorta cards in store and decided to make my own with all sorts of craft supplies.

One of my first handmade craft cards

One of my first handmade craft cards

Eventually the cards became a bit more sophisticated and to better handle the amount of cards I was making I would pick a consistent them for that year.


Some cards from the cards series for Christmas 2013.

What I like about handmade cards like this, is there are also a gift. While I enjoy doing it, being creative and artsy, it’s really the love I put into them that matters most.


Some cards from the series from Christmas 2014.

I usually start making my cards early December so they are all done in time. Once I make the first one, I am better able to make the next few. It all starts with choosing a theme or design. For this year I decided to go with ornaments.

Today I am sharing my first card of the year as a DIY tutorial, breaking down each step that results in a beautiful end product.


  • Card stock
  • Craft paper – colour card stock, scrap paper etc.
  • Double sided foam tape – for the 3D effect
  • Glue stick and glue gun
  • Glitter or glitter glue
  • Scissor
  • Paper Trimmer


1. Start by trimming coloured paper to the size of your card using scissors or a paper trimmer for a straighter line.


Using my Friskars paper trimmer makes this step easy.

2. Glue the trimmed paper onto the front of your card. You may also want to reinforce the back piece of the your so it doesn’t get too weighted down in the front. Then trim a second piece of paper, in this case red burlap from Micheal’s and glue on with a glue gun in the middle. You can also border this with glitter glue, here I sued gold.


You want your main design to pop of the background.

3. Trace a circle onto a piece of cardboard – mine was gold. Then you can cover it with sheer ribbon from Dollorama. I used the glue gun to glue in on the back.


You’ll want to slowly glue your way around the circle.

4. Next trim your decorative paper to the size of your circle ornament.


I went with gold and green.

5. Next apply the double sided tape to your strips of paper.


I like the way the circle ornament turned out.

6. Peel off the backing and stick them onto the ornament. Here I am pre-arraging the pieces beforehand.


Line them up till it looks good to you.

7. After the paper strips are applied, you should definitely add glitter! I dotted a small amount at intervals along each of the gold pieces.


Glitter makes every card better!

8. Using your glue gun attach the ornament to the card front. I chose to apply mine slightly higher to the ornament would stick up. I then cut paper to add the top of the ornament and used a piece of red burlap sting to make a tiny bow.


The finished card!

Some Tips

  • Make sure to let the card dry fully so it maintains its integrity.
  • Put it between two pieces of paper and flatten it under a pile of books if it curls at all.
  • Stick a piece of thick paper or cardboard on top of the card when inserting into an envelope that will be mailed to protect the card.
  • You may need to buy different sized envelopes to accommodate the nature of the card not being normal size and sticking out the top.
  • Be sure to write a lovely message inside!

I hope you try some handmade cards this year. If you do, let me know!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Carol Davison December 8, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I can attest to the joys of receiving these hand made gems! As you know Dani, I have kept every hand made card you have made for us! They are such treasures ! And knowing the labour of love that has gone into every one makes them all the more special.

  • Reply HOLIDAYS: TRADITIONS - Discover Happiness December 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    […] about with tips for gift wrapping, check out my blog post on the subject. I also like to make handmade cards, which I also blogged about. Christmas is a wonderful time for DIY projects and bringing out your […]

  • Leave a Reply