I know, it is only just October and here I am mentioning the C word, Christmas. I never really start thinking about Christmas until after Halloween but I was challenged by Getting Personal who supply personalise gifts, to make some Christmas cards and blog about them.
I will freely admit I am not a crafty person. I am about as artistic as a grasshopper. I do like a challenge though and this struck me as fun. I also thought that my mum and dad would love a personalised Christmas card that my son had helped to make. It would add a nice personal touch and make it stand out from the normal cards. If you want to make Christmas cards it is a good idea to start early as they take time to make, so it made sense experimenting now. I could come up with some basic ideas then perfect them.
I asked my son what he would like to design and he had two ideas. The first was penguins and the second was Father Christmas. In order to make the designs I needed some materials. Luckily over the years I have collected a big box of coloured card and various other bits and bobs and hoarded them. It turned out I had all the bits I needed to get started.
As previously mentioned I am useless at drawing but I am quite good at cutting out shapes. For the first card which involved penguins I had a plan involving 1p and 2p coins and black and white card. I drew round the 2p on the black card and then the 1p on both black and white card and gave them to my son to cut out. We then cleverly glued them together to make penguins. With the addition of a beak and feet using red card and a couple of small white circles for eyes they looked quite penguin like. My son then decided on a silver card for the card base and we found decorated paper that looked quite ice burg like for the penguins to stand on. This is the finished result.
Our second attempt was Father Christmas and again he was quite easy to make using red and pink card and drawing circles round coins. We did add a beard and a belt with black card and a beard using white card as well. My son decided he wanted him standing by a chimney with stockings on so we found some green decorated paper for the chimney and then added a fire and some stockings. We ended up with a card that looked like this:
We had a fun afternoon making Christmas cards and although it did take a while it was fun. I know that my parents will appreciate their personalised cards and now my son wants to make some more. I now need to come up with some more ideas.
I’d love to know, what do you think of my attempts at Christmas cards? Will you be having a go at some yourself this year?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but the designs are all mine and my son’s ideas. We were not told what to create or how to create the cards.
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