If you are looking for handmade Christmas card ideas that you can easily adapt, I think this one fits the bill! It’s got a few simple elements that are huge time savers yet it’s adorable and interesting and you can go as nuts as you want on the details. You use an oversized sentiment, a frame die and some embellishments and you’ve got endless possibilities. Let’s look at how I made this one and you can take it from there……

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Scallop with Holes, Holly and Christmas Phrases Large and Small.

One of my handmade Christmas card ideas that can be easily modified using one oversized greeting stamp, a frame die cut and die cut greenery all from Rubbernecker

The Card Base and Frame

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base and sentiment layer.
  • Secure the white sentiment layer and stamp in the MISTI and pat the embossing buddy over the paper. Note:  Using the embossing buddy when heat embossing removes the static from the paper so the embossing powder only sticks to the stamped image.
  • Apply Versamark to the stamp, stamp the sentiment and heat. 
  • Use red cardstock to cut the scallop layer. 
  • Place the layer on the cutting platform, line up the nest sized die in the set and run through the machine to cut the frame.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attach it to the sentiment layer.
  • Apply double stick tape to the back of the framed sentiment layer and attach it to the card base.  Note:  I could have stamped the sentiment on the main card base instead of an additional layer but I am the worst at lining things up, so I’d rather be safe than sorry.

one of my handmade Christmas card ideas that can be covnerted into many other designs using die cut frames and shapes around a large sentiment stamp, all from Rubbernecker

The Holly

  • Cut two full sections of the holly die using green cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the berries.
  • Form the holly leaves using a leaf tool and molding pad.  Note:  You can bend the leaves with your fingers if you don’t have a leaf tool.
  • Attach the berries to the holly using glossy accents. Note:  I added a few extra berries to spots on the holly besides on the branch tips.
  • Apply red stickles to the berry branches and set aside to dry.  Note:  I added red stickles to the dot over the J on the sentiment layer.

Holly #1 Die

  • Attach the longest branches to the top and bottom corners so they are set on the longest sides of the frames.
  • Next attach the shorter branches to the corners so they are are set on the shorter sides of the frame.
  • Attach the three leaf sections right in the center of each corner arrangement to cover where the two other branches were attached.

An example of handmade Christmas card ideas that can be created using one stamp, a frame die cut and any seasonal shapes for endless inspiration
I suggest you bookmark this post or save it on Pinterest where you like to save your handmade Christmas card ideas because once you try this out I am sure you will return to it again and again. And remember, this card idea works for all kinds of OTHER occasions, too!  Click here to see several more Christmas card ideas.

5300D Nested Scallop with Holes
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Holly #1 Die Cut 5162-08D
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3328 Christmas Phrases Large/Small
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Ranger Stickles, Christmas Red
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Embossing Magic Bag, Inkadinkado
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Scor-Tape 1/4″ (5mm), Scor-Pal Tape
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Precision 5 Inch Scissors with…
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
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It’s lots of fun coming up with handmade Christmas card ideas.