I love the idea of sending handmade cards at Christmas time. But when it comes down to making 100 cards from scratch, I can't seem to find the time or the motivation to create that many cards. Which is why I love the idea of a "hybrid" Christmas card: a handmade element on top of a store-bought card.
This is the second year that I've embellished boxed cards; it's super easy and fun. I've been adding a photo to the cards, but the design options are endless!
1. Start by creating the small embellishment you'll be adding to the cards. This year, using Photoshop, I designed a small photo with message. I placed multiple copies of the photo onto one 8.5 x 11-inch canvas and then printed. If you don't have a photo editing program, this could be easily replicated by ordering your favorite snapshot in wallet size from your photo developer.
2. You'll then begin working with the store-bought cards. It's important to select a card that either has an element you can remove or a natural spot for adding your own embellishment. The card I selected this year had a message card attached with foam adhesive.
3. Then you'll remove the element that you're replacing. I suggest having Un-Du ready to go just in case, but this year I was lucky that the piece I was removing came right off.
4. Lastly, you'll add your embellishment. I just trimmed my photos and adhered them to the card, in the same place as the previous embellishment.
This is a great option if you have limited time or resources. These cards came from Target and were just $.50 a piece. And I was able to design and assemble 100 cards in just a few hours.
I still absolutely love homemade cards made completely from scratch; and they are such a treat to get in the mail. I am in awe of all the crafters who are able to make all their cards by hand. But if that's not a possibility for you, at least there is an in-between option!
What did you decide this year for your holiday cards? Store-bought, handmade, or a combo?