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10 Handmade Christmas Cards and Holiday Projects

Ho Ho Ho... Merry Christmas in July!

Remember last year when you said you wanted to get an early start on your Christmas and holiday projects? Here are some project ideas and a SALE to help inspire you to get started soon!

Today we are featuring some brand-new handmade Christmas cards from the Technique Tuesday Design Team. We are also sharing some of our favorite winter-holiday cards, diy gift tags, December Daily pages, and Christmas craft ideas from the past.

Plus don't miss the Christmas in July sale. All of the stamps and dies in our Christmas Collection (including many of the products used to make these cards, tags, and scrapbook accents) are 25% off from 7/20 through 7/23! If you subscribe to our newsletters, we sent you the coupon code early Saturday morning, 7/20. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up now and we'll send you all the details right away!


Handmade Santa Card

Don't you bet Santa would put this card on his nice list? Teri used the Dear Santa stamp set and the matching dies to make this adorable card.


To start, she stamped the Santa face, colored it, and then used the die to cut it out. Then she used the same die to cut a hole through the center of the red, triangle patterned paper. She positioned the stamped and colored Santa face to show through the hole in the patterned paper and adhered it to her card base. To finish the card she stamped the words "Ho Ho Ho" and used that die to cut out her sentiment.

You can see lots more cards, gift tags, and Christmas projects ideas featuring the Dear Santa stamp set and the dies over on our website!


Handmade Religious Christmas Cards

What a wonderful way to celebrate the real reason for the season! The images from the Nativity Silhouettes stamp set and sentiments from the Christ is Born stamp set are designed to help you make handmade Christian, Christmas cards like these.


These nativity scene cards are so easy to make. To get started, blend some Distressed Oxide inks onto white cardstock panels. Then use black or dark colored ink to stamp the nativity scene images and Christian Christmas sentiments. You might want to use a stamp position so that you can restamp the images several times and get the best ink coverage.

See cards featuring white heat-embossed nativity scenes on our website!


Stamped Christmas Lights Card

Don't you love how these stamped Christmas lights seem to glow? Emily used the String of Lights stamp set to make this gorgeous project.


To get started, she used a stamp positioner to get all those Christmas lights onto her card. Then she used Copic markers to color each of the Christmas bulbs. Once she finished shading the inside of each light, she used the very lightest markers around the outside of each of Christmas lights to make them look like they glow.


Die-cut Christmas Lights Card

Want to see another way to add some Christmas lights to your cards? Use a die to cut out the lights instead of stamping them!


Dana used the Christmas Lights Border die to make this card. She started by die cutting a panel of white cardstock. She used the same die and several different colors of cardstock to make the colorful Christmas bulbs. She placed the cardstock pieces back into the dic-cut white panel and added black cardstock pieces to fill in the string. Finally she added a sentiment from the String of Lights stamp set.

You can see more project ideas and a video about these stamps and dies over on our website!


Christmas Wreath Card

Is one of your Christmas traditions hanging a wreath on your front door? These two card shows how easy it is to bring that tradition to your Christmas cards.

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Dana used the Wonderful Wreath crafting die and sentiments from the Classic Christmas stamp set to make both of these cards. For the card on the left, she simply cut the wreath out of a white cardstock panel. She mounted the white cardstock panel onto green cardstock. Then she placed the intricate die-cut white wreath back into the white cardstock panel so that the green shows through and looks like leaves. To finish the die-cut wreath, she add the red cardstock bow pieces. 

To make the card on the right, Dana cut out the wreath die from kraft, green glitter, and red glitter paper. She also cut out the kraft-colored label using the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels set of dies. Then she adhered the intricate wreath piece, the green glitter leaves, and the red bow die cuts onto the kraft-colored label.


Classic Stamped Winter Holiday Card

Oh my goodness. Look at the sweet card Allison made using the Pine Bough stamp set and matching dies. This stamp set includes a number of "warm" sentiments that aren't specific to Christmas but work well for winter-holiday cards!

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To make this card, Allison stamped the bird and pine needles and colored them. Then she cut it out. Before adhering the stamped and die-cut piece to the card, she used the Sweater Weather crafting die to create a knit pattern in the background. She also stamped some additional pine bough images and the "Warm Wishes" sentiment. Then she adhered the bird on top to make it be the focal point of her card. What a gorgeous winter-holiday card!

Want to see more nature-themed stamps and dies? Check out the Perfect Poinsettia, the Cactus Flower, and the Joyous Juniper too.


Cute Stamped Animal Christmas Cards

If you love cute critters and Christmas time, we have good news for you. Dani the Deer and some other adorable animal stamps and dies include Christmas and winter-holiday card sentiments. Plus they are part of our Christmas in July Sale!


Dana Kirby stamped and die-cut out Dani the Deer and some cute snowflakes (from that same stamp set). She also cut out a piece of vellum using the largest die in the set of Postage Card crafting dies. The vellum helps anchor the deer, snowflakes and the sentiment (which is included in the Dani the Deer stamp set) but lets the red and white striped paper show through. After coloring the deer, she adhered him, the snowflakes, and the sentiment to her card. So cute and so Christmas- y too!

Dani the Deer, Bobbi the Bear or Lorenzo the Llama would love to come play on your hand-stamped Christmas cards!


Stamped and Die-cut Christmas Gift Tags

If you are like me, sometimes you have a limited amount of crafting time. That's when I make smaller projects like gift tags. Plus really... can you ever have too many gift tags???


These tags were all made using the Tag Toppers crafting dies. This set of dies was designed to make tags for birthdays, scrapbook photo captions or journaling spots, and yes... Christmas gift tags like these. You'll find reasons to use these dies to make tags all year long!

See more Tag Toppers project ideas and a video tutorial on our website!


December Daily Foundation Pages and Scrapbooking Elements

Can you believe it's time to wrap up your 2018 December Daily album and start working on your 2019 foundation pages? Our Documenting December stamps and dies bundle is designed to make elements for traditional 12x12 pages, pocket page layouts, or Traveler's Notebook spreads too. Watch this 3-minute video to see these stamps and dies in action!

The Documenting December bundle includes the Story of December Days stamp set, the December Moments stamp set, and both the Jam Jar Labels crafting dies and the Postage Card crafting dies. You can buy these stamps and dies separately or save some money when you buy the bundle. Whether you are working on past Christmas scrapbook pages or getting ready for the next holiday season, these stamps and dies will help you make Christmas and winter-holiday layouts you love!


Big Red Bows for Cards and Tags

Don't you think gifts with big bows are the very best? Using the Bow on the Border crafting die you can make beautiful bows in every color for Christmas cards, birthdays, weddings, and really cards or gift tags for any occasion. But since it's Christmas in July, here is one of our favorite gift tags with a big red bow to help celebrate the magic of the season!


To make a project like this one, cut out a background tag. Then use the Bow on the Border die to cut out two different colors of cardstock. (Emily used white cardstock and red glitter paper to make this Christmas gift tag.) Adhere the white bow pieces onto the tag base. Then add the more colorful bow pieces. Finish your tag with some stamped images (eg snowflakes), a sentiment (like this one from the Classic Christmas Sentiments stamp set) and then add some ribbon.

Check out all the Bow on the Border projects and watch the video tutorial on our website!


Wow... I can't believe I've already shared 10 stamped and die-cut Christmas projects. I have a whole bunch more saved that I LOVE! I guess I'll have to save them for another blog post.

I'd love to hear from you. Which of these projects are your favorite? And what kind of Christmas and winter-holiday projects would you like to see from us? Leave us a comment!


PS: Want to see all the stamps and dies that are included in the Christmas in July sale? Here's the link!


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