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Create Personalized Holiday Greeting Cards

The holidays are a great time to sit down and take some time to create wonderful handmade gifts for friends and family. Even in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, taking a little time to create personalized holiday greeting cards can be a wonderful treasure for the person receiving it and can give you a much need bit of "time out". We have some hints for easy to make, inexpensive cards that friends and family will want to have as keepsakes.

For the true person with "no time", buying holiday cards at a retailer and just embellishing them can truly be a quick and easy task! If you have fine glitter, glue and a small crafters paint brush than you can create something sparkly to add to their collection. Inserting a favorite poem printed on delicate vellum or craft paper will complete your card.

More the person who wants to create a little something more, what about a collage of the family or group of friends with an embossing of gold surrounding the pictures. Print these out on photo paper and insert into holiday scrapbook paper or holiday cardstock to create a special remembrance of the year that has past. Maybe create one for the school year with stickers your kids can make on your own computer. They can print these out and use different shaped hole punches to add onto the card. These can be produced in multiples on just one sheet so each teacher can receive a little holiday cheer!

If you are a crafter and have lots of left-over scraps, why not use them on holiday greeting cards to create a one-of-a kind card for a crafter friend. Ribbon is great for this because you can cut different lengths and lay them on top of each other to create a Christmas tree effect. These can be in any color scheme also, not just the old boring green tree… Place a piece of vellum over to protect them just like you see in store bought cards. Try using fabric or ribbon for other shapes like a cardinal, or presents, etc. Basic shapes are great to use fabric with because it gives a sense of texture.

For the serious crafter, why not try cutting out frames on your cardstock to create a pocket for your pictures you print out on your home computer printer. You can print out a border first around the area where you will cut out the frame, use stamps to create a border, or even use ribbon. Make sure to use some photo tabs to secure the corners of the picture inside the card so it doesn't move. Tape doesn't always last as long. Once secure place another piece of cardstock of scrapbook paper to line the inside and hide your tabs. Insert a note or poem to complete your project.

All of these ideas are pretty simple and there are tons of places to go online to find inspiration as well as any supply you might need. The only left to do is start crafting! Remember to reuse any scrap crafting supplies, buy in bulk if needed and use remanufactured ink cartridges to save money as well as our planet! Have fun and enjoy.

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