DIY Christmas Thank You Cards

After the holidays we often need to make DIY Christmas thank you cards.  I like to make cards that are fast and easy to make in multiples and with a touch of Christmas flair but without going overboard.  Creating this clean and simple line of evergreen trees with the sentiment is lovely on it’s own.  Adding the touch of red with the background layer and the single red bird brings in the touch of Christmas. These two cards together only took me about twenty minutes.  I used the
Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop with Holes, Moose Set (trees), Kittie Says Phrases #1 and
Small Birds.

We are always so busy during the holidays and we need to be able to make fast and easy DIY Christmas thank you cards.  Come see how created this card with a couple stamps and dies.

DIY Christmas Thank You Card

  • Create an A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Cut the scallop layer using white cardstock and the background layer using red cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment and trees using green ink. 
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the stamped layer and attach it to the red layer.
  • Attach both layers to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut a small bird using red cardstock and attach it to the card front using a small piece of mounting tape.

We need to be able to make fast and easy DIY Christmas thank you cards after the holidays.  Come see how I made this card with a couple fo stamps and dies.

Making DIY Christmas thank you cards doesn’t have to be a chore and are lots more impressive for the recipient than store bought cards.  Do you make your own thank you cards after the holidays?  Do you like small sentiments on your card fronts?  I do.  I chose my Kittie Says sentiment set because I like the simplicity.  Check out this link to see how I’ve used several of the sentiments from the set. 

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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3013 KKCS Moose
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Making DIY Christmas thank you cards is lots of fun.

Poinsettia Cards To Make Using Die Cuts

Today I am sharing some poinsettia cards to make using fabulous dies from Rubbernecker. These are more involved projects but these stunning all-white poinsettias are not difficult to make once you know a few of my secrets and use these amazing dies that do so much for the work for you. Have you seen the Poinsettia Class on Rubbernecker’s YouTube page? I did a portion of the class showing how I form my poinsettia and Dave showed five of my poinsettia cards and how to assemble them. 

These poinsettia cards to make in all white and red are simply stunning and I am sharing some great tips and tricks for you to try

The Red and White Card Base

  • Cut a white A2 sized card base and decorative border layer using white cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 3.25″ layer.
  • Pat the red layer with embossing magic bag to eliminate static cling.
  • Insert the red layer and Splatter Background stamp in the MISTI, apply white pigment ink to the stamp and stamp the design.
  • Apply white embossing powder to the red layer and heat emboss.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the to the back of the red layer and attach to the card base.
  • Attach the decorative layer to the bottom section of the card base using ATG adhesive.

The Poinsettias

  • Use the three smaller poinsettia sections to cut the poinsettias using white cardstock and the tiny flowers using red cardstock.
  • For each flower cut two of the second largest poinsettia sections and one each of the two smaller dies.
  • Lay the flower sections face down on the molding pad and push down and roll each petal using the large round stylus.
  • Lay the flower sections face up on the molding pad and push down in the center using a smaller tipped stylus to push all the petals up.
  • Attach the sections together using glossy accents offsetting each layer to form a natural looking flower.
  • Form the tiny flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the tiny flowers in the poinsettia centers using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the three poinsettias to the white decorative layer.

The Holly and Pine Twigs

  • Cut the holly and pine twigs using white cardstock and the holly berries using red cardstock.
  • Attach the red berries to the holly branches using glossy accents.
  • Form the holly leaves using the molding pad and leaf tool.
  • Tuck the holly branches under and around the three poinsettias and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish by tucking the pine twigs under and around the poinsettias and holly and attach using glossy accents.

Come see how I made this lovely white on white poinsettias and holly card.

I created this same card layout a couple of years ago in all white and thought I would share it so you can see how just changing the color combination can create such a different card.  Click here to the full White Poinsettia and Holly post.

Rubbernecker Poinsettia Class

These are the five cards that I made for the Poinsettia Class on YouTube.

These poinsettia cards to make for the holiday season and into the winter months are made easier with my tips and tricks and clever dies from Rubbernecker
What do you think? Have these poinsettia cards to make in all different versions piqued your interest? I promise you that once you make one, you will want to make more because they come out so beautifully!

 
5160-03D Borders #3
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Poinsettia #2 5169D
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Holly #1 Die
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5162-05D Twigs
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1231 Splatter Background
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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See more poinsettia cards to make for Christmas.

Cute and Fun DIY Gift Tags!

When I started down this path, I had NO idea that DIY gift tags are so hot this year! I haven’t dived into the “why” but I sure love the results because I think making tags is so much fun, they can be used so many ways and you can sure use up lots of scraps! Check out my three Snowmen Tags. These reindeer just have the cutest expressions on their faces and I love that these tags, with their tones of brown and outdoor theme, are perfect for masculine gifts or cards. Yes, that’s right – remember, you can add some trim to the tops of these tags and pop them on a card front for something truly unique!

To make these fun tags I used the Rubbernecker Nested Tag Stitch, Reindeer and Birds, Tabbed Birch Trees, Deckle Hills and Greenery #1.

two cute diy gift tags made using die cuts from Rubbernecker to create happy reindeer, winter greenery and beautiful miniature birch trees

The Tag Base

  • Cut the tag base using red cardstock and the largest tag die.
  • Cut the second layer using designer paper and the second sized tag.
  • Attach the designer paper tag to the red tag using ATG adhesive.
  • Use white cardstock and deckle die to cut the snow layer.
  • Use the smaller tag die to cut the bottom of the snow layer to make it match the designer paper tag.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the sides and bottom of the snow layer and attach it to the tag.  Note:  I leave the top section of the snow layer free from adhesive so I can tuck the trees and greenery in behind it.
  • Punch a hole in the top of each tag.

The Birch Trees and Greenery

  • Cut two sections of deckle hills and birch trees using white cardstock.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of gray to the notches on the birch trees.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the greenery sections.

One of today's reindeer themed diy gift tags showing a die cut reindeer in a wintry birch woods

The Reindeer and Birds

  • Cut the reindeer sections using brown, tan, white and light pink cardstock.
  • Use red cardstock to cut the birds, wings and scarves.
  • Attach the wings to the bird bodies using glossy accents and color the beaks using a black marker.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of brown ink on the deer bodies and head.
  • Assemble the antlers, ears and face sections and attach using glossy accents.
  • Attach the scarves to the reindeer using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the heads and attach them to the bodies.

Finish the Tag

  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the birch trees and tuck them in behind the snow layers and attach to the tag base.
  • Use small pieces of mounting tape on the back of the reindeer to attach them to the front of the snow layers.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the birch trees.
  • Tuck the greenery sections in behind the snow layers and attach with glossy accents.

 

One of my diy gift tags showing an adorable die cut reindeer in his snowy bitch woods home all made using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Do you have DIY gift tags on your list to make this year? Have you chosen all your ideas and inspiration? I sure hope these adorable fellas make your list!  You may want to check out my Christmas Gift Tags for a more elegant set of tags.

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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Tabbed Birch Trees Die Cut 5167-02D
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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PanPastel Sofft Applicators 12/Pkg
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Color Fuse Set #12
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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DIY gift tags are so much fun to make and look great on your gifts.

Anything But a Card Christmas Decor Review

We all love showing off our pretty Christmas decor during the holidays.  Die cut images are not just for holiday cards or tags. I shared these projects in an  “Anything but a Card” series last year and thought they would be great to share again.  Are you looking for fun handmade gifts ideas to give to family and friends?  I hope these inspire you to make fun projects of your own.  By the way. I picked all these items up at Michaels and Jo-Anns and they were just a couple dollars each.

If you want to go take a look at each project, I have linked the original post with step by step tutorials and links to products used for each of these project in the titles and on the pictures. 

Red Truck Christmas Decor

This wooden plaque was so fun to make and was really just as easy as making the same kind of scene on a card front.  The plaque just gave me more space to add scenery and images. 

The little red truck is so on trend this year.  Come see how I created a piece of red truck Christmas decor to hang in my home this year.

Paper Poinsettia Wreath

My hot glue gun made attaching the poinsettia and foliage as easy as pie.

You can see all the details about how I made this paper poinsettia wreath on my blog.  Click through to see the details.

Cookie Bucket

Wouldn’t this decorated tub of cookies look perfect on your dessert table for holiday events.

Click thru to see how I decorated this fun Christmas cookie bucket with ribbon and poinsettia.

Thanks for coming by.  I sure hope you enjoyed seeing my “Anything but a Card” projects.  Have fun and feel free to link projects that you make as a comment on this post.  We would all love to be inspired.

 

Looking for Handmade Christmas Card Ideas?

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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It’s lots of fun coming up with handmade Christmas card ideas.

SUPER Cute Snowman Tags!

When I started these guys, I had no idea how adorable these snowman tags would turn out! Rubbernecker does such an incredible job of designing and including all those little extra elements that make adding so much detail to projects like this SO EASY! These are so cute that I am thinking they would even be the perfect things to be the only focal image on a Christmas card. Or……..ORNAMENTS!!!  Can you just picture one of those tabletop trees with a few of these on it? AND what about grouping some together in little sets and giving them as gifts? People LOVE gifts they can use and these snowman tags would be just perfect!

To make these tags I used the Nested Tag Stitch, Winter Snowmen, Santa Mini, Christmas Mini, Greenery #1, Tiny Leaves #1, Reindeer and Birds (just the birds) and Deckle Hills.

a set of three snowman tags made using die cuts showing different holiday themed scenes

The Tag Base

  • Use the largest tag die to cut three red tag.
  • Cut the designer paper tag layers using the next largest tag.
  • Cut three deckle snow layers using white cardstock.
  • Place each snow layer on the cutting platform, line up the bottom of the second sized tag and cut.  Note:  I love to make the stitched edges of the background tag layer and snow layer match up. 
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the designer paper tag layer and attach to the red tag layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the snow layers and attach them to the tag base.
  • Use a 1/4″ circle punch to punch the hole for the tag tie.
  • Punch out a red 1/2″ circle, place on the cutting platform, line up the stitched circle die and run through the die cutting machine to cut. Note:  The tag hole die is made to cut the hole for the tag and it is great to use for a single layer tag.  But it is a little too difficult to cut the hole in two tag sections to make them line up perfectly. It is just easier to punch out the 1/4″ hole and create the covers.
  • Attach the tag cover to the cover the hole using glossy accents.

 

One of today's snowman tags made from die cuts from Rubbernecker loaded with details like tiny mittens, a snappy top hat and miniature cardinals

The Snowmen

  • Cut the snowmen and accessories using red, white, orange, brown and black cardstock.
  • Assemble the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents. Note:  I place the small pieces like the nose, eyes, mouth and buttons on my molding pad because it makes them easier to pick up with my tweezers.
  • Cut tiny leaves using green cardstock, form them with your fingers and attach them to the snowmen hats and scarves using glossy accents.
  • Use a 1/8″ circle hole punch to punch out tiny red circles and attach them to the leaves using glossy accents.  Note:  I love to add a touch of Christmas whimsy by embellishing the snowmen with holly and berries.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the snowmen, tuck them in behind the snow layer and attach to the tag base.

One of three adorable snowman tags showing a snowman warmly clad for a snowy scene all created using die cuts from Rubbernecker

Decorative Accessories

I love adding different elements to tags to make them more special than just having a snowman.  The tiny presents, wreath, birds and white sparkly greenery add so much more interest and it was so much fun to add different elements to each tag to give them their own personality.

  • Use red and green cardstock to the packages, wreath and birds.
  • Assemble the pieces using glossy accents.
  • Attach the present, wreath and birds to the tags using small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Cut greenery sections using white cardstock, apply Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkle with clear glitter.
  • Finish by tucking the sparkly branches in behind the snow layers and attach using glossy accents.  Note:  I didn’t add twine or ribbon to my tags yet so they would be easier to photograph.

another of today's snowman tags shpwing a little fellow delivering gifts in a snowy scene all thanks to to die cuts from Rubbernecker

Aren’t you just itching now to make your own versions of these snowman tags? Check out my Tag Category to see lots of other tags for the holidays.  Did you come up with other ideas as you were looking at this post? I love to hear how you used these inspirations in your own crafting so please feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

 
Nested Tag Stitch 5149D
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5338-01D Santa Mini Die
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5338-02D Christmas Mini Die
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Greenery #1 Die Cut 5162-09D
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5162-04D Tiny Leaves
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5337-01D Reindeer and Bird’s Die
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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What is more fun than making snowman tags to use on your gifts, hang on the tree or give away as holiday gifts.