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Wednesday’s Card: Christmas!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

I usually have my Christmas cards completely made and ready to mail by mid November. I think I mentioned before that I am a big planner. For some reason, this year I am a little behind. I just ordered the supplies yesterday!

Anyway, now is definitely not too early to start thinking about making Christmas cards! I decided to put some cards together to maybe give you some ideas. I will post another one on Friday (haven’t gotten around to editing the video yet!). This card and the one on Friday uses the same stamp set – my favorite Christmas stamp set – Snow Swirled by Stampin’ Up. I used it to make my Christmas cards 2 years ago and I’m using it again this year. The set is totally awesome.

In my opinion, there are two considerations for Christmas cards: repeatability and affordability. I make 80 cards, so it can’t be too complicated!
1. Repeatable – If the card is so intricate that it takes 40 minutes to make, this is not repeatable. For example, stamping an image that gets colored in with lots of detail… not good. I’m all in favor of cool techniques like embossing, but it has to be a pretty quick process.
2. Affordable – Make sure you can buy all your supplies in bulk. for example, if you use some kind of special buckle or brad that costs $5 for a pack of 6, it’s going to get pricey very quick.

The card for today uses a very cool embossing powder by American Crafts – it’s green metallic. It looks great in person. To simplify this card, you could eliminate the swirled background, which I stamped in Very Vanilla craft ink by Stampin’ Up!. Overall, the card is pretty basic and uses standard supplies. In real time, the card took me 10 minutes. If I had an assembly line going, it would crank out very fast. If you want to include a photo, you could just insert it loose or adhere it on the inside.

Oh, and I added some Christmas music to make it more festive! Have a great week – I’ll post my other card this Friday!



  1. wrote on October 27th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Monica Kubiak-Carpenter

    Great job Darlene!! Thanks for the pointers,they are so true.
    I look forward to Friday’s.

    Have a great week!


  2. wrote on October 28th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Lisa Fennewald

    Great card Darlene. I agree that if a card takes too long to make, one will only be made. This is especially true at the holidays where many are sent.

    Looking forward to the next one!

  3. wrote on October 28th, 2010 at 2:55 am


    No need to ask what that song is :-)Thanks for sharing your idea for quick and pretty Christmas cards, the less stress this time of year the better.

  4. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Ayana Posadas

    Wow, I can’t believe you make 80 cards to send out for the holidays!… I only made like ten or so, last year… Big difference, huh?… LoL
    Love your beautiful and festive holiday card! Very classy and elegant. And thanks for the tips too! 🙂

  5. wrote on November 6th, 2011 at 12:28 am


    Hi Darlene,

    Your cards are awesome. You make them seem so easy to make. However, I am an amateur card maker and I struggle to get my dimensions while making cards. Is there a spot on ur blog that includes dimensions to your card making?


    • wrote on November 7th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Amy! Unless I specify otherwise, my cards are all 4.25×5.5 (1/2 of a piece of 8.5×11 cardstock, folded). I will include this question in my FAQ’s. Thanks for asking!

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