#ShareAdvent: DIY Christmas cards

Just over a week ago I told you all that I would be participating in #ShareAdvent, organised by the lovely Anna over at Skin and Blister. Today’s theme is ‘Make a Christmas Craft/Write Cards’ so I’m sharing my DIY Christmas cards.

Let me first say that whilst I love DIY and the idea of crafting, I lack the time and the patience for prolonged projects. I have made my own Christmas cards on and off for several years now, but the last couple of years have got the better of me leaving me feeling sad that I hadn’t had time to do something I enjoyed. I was thrilled to resurrect the tradition this year with a few tweaks.

In the past I have kept things super easy by using rubber stamps and silver or gold ink with a few simple designs. This year I decided to try something similar but with a little more impact – embossing. I haven’t done this since I was a Guide in my teens, but I knew all I needed additional to my stamps was the embossing powder and heat tool – available quite cheaply online or if you’re in a rush like me, at Hobbycraft.

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to colour and love Scandi style Christmas decor so opted for a red glitter to emboss onto white cards. I also read somewhere that dark colours and jewel tones look more expensive and as I’m obsessed with rose gold and copper tones when I saw a copper embossing powder I thought it would look nice on Navy cards for a luxe option.

It’s really easy to do – simply apply your stamp with either a toning or clear ink to the card (checking it is the right way up first!)

  • Next cover the stamped area in embossing powder then shake off onto a loose piece of paper you can use to tip the powder back into the pot with.
  • Make sure you brush any loose pieces of embossing powder off the edges of your design as they will be fixed once heated.

  • Hold the embossing tool (just a craft heating tool like a small hairdryer,) over the design moving it around and allowing the embossing powder to melt.
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork!

Have you ever made your own Christmas cards?


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17 thoughts on “#ShareAdvent: DIY Christmas cards

  1. I started making my own Christmas cards as a teenager & now everyone expects it every year. Thankfully Warmth also joins in with the ideas & the making. This year it’s old school, not sure of the name, tape. White lettering on black. It makes a slightly annoying noise making it. Will tweet a #shareadvent picture this evening. Yours are wonderful – maybe next year’s design.

  2. These are so lovely! I never knew it was so easy to create embossed cards – I will have to give it a go. I always make my own cards. Usually I go photographic and last year I did some hand embroidered ones, but this year I created some text based cards and just had them printed up. I’m planning to send loads and hopefully sell some, too!

  3. I love crafty things, in fact Hobbycraft is a bit of a danger zone for me! I did cross stitch cards for a few years but recently gave up due to lack of time. Yours do look amazing. Can I ask, does it HAVE to be a special embossing tool or would, in fact, a hairdryer work too?! Or would it just blow away all the embossing powder!

    • Anita- a toaster will do the same job. Obviously don’t put the card in the toaster slot (!!), but if you hold the card over the top of it it’ll work exactly the same as the heat gun.

      We made our wedding invites with a personalised embossed stamp on the front any they looked great.

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