Holiday Card Making

Greeting cards are lovely. They are a great way to show loved ones and friends that you're thinking of them. It's also a fun way to send a smile or cheer up someone's day. Did you know that every day in December is some holiday, a day of remembrance, a day of awareness, or some whacky day someone insisted on creating? So there's a lot to celebrate in December!

Here are some potential greeting card options!

December 1 National Christmas Lights Day, World AIDS day, Eat a Red Apple Day, National Handwashing Awareness Week, Month of Giving, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, Universal Human Rights Month, Fourth Day of Hanukkah (First day is November 28, 2021)
December 2 National Fritters Day, National Mutt Day, United Arab Emirates National Day, Fifth Day of Hanukkah
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Sixth Day of Hanukkah
December 4 Candle Day, Jay-Z's Birthday, National Cookie Day, Seventh Day of Hanukkah
December 5 International Ninja Day, National Repeal Day, Eighth Day of Hanukkah
December 6 St. Nicholas Day, Put on Your Shoes Day, National Gazpacho Day, National Miners Day, Last Day of Hanukkah
December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Flag Day of India, International Civil Aviation Day, National Cotton Candy Day, National Letter Writing Day
December 8 Bodhi Day (Holiday recognized in Hawaii), Feast of the Immaculate Conception, National Bartender Day, National Brownie Day, Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
December 9 National Pastry Day, Christmas Card Day, National Llama day
December 10 National Lager Day, Dewey Decimal System Day, Human Rights Day, International Animal Rights Day
December 11 Christmas Jumper Day, International Mountain Day, National App Day, UNICEF Birthday
December 12 National Poinsettia Day, Our Lady of Guadalupe Day, Universal Health Coverage Day, Gingerbread House Day, International Day of Neutrality, ​National Ding-A-Ling Day
December 13 National Violin Day, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day, U.S. National Guard Birthday, Taylor Swift’s Birthday, National Salesperson Day, National Ice Cream Day, Green Monday, National Horse Day
December 14 National Bouillabaisse Day, National Energy Conservation Day, National Free Shipping Day, Monkey Day, Roast Chestnuts Day
December 15 National Cupcake Day, National Wear Your Pearls Day, National Cat Herders Day, Bill of Rights Day, International Tea Day
December 16 Barbie And Barney Backlash Day, Day of Reconciliation, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, Vijay Diwas, Las Posadas
December 17 National Device Appreciation Day, National Maple Syrup Day, National Ugly Sweater Day, Wright Brother's Day
December 18 International Migrants Day, National Roast Suckling Pig Day, National Wreaths Across America Day, Bake Cookies Day, Arabic Language Day, Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
December 19 Goa Liberation Day, Look for an Evergreen Day, National Emo Day, National Hard Candy Day, National Oatmeal Muffin Day
December 20 National Sangria Day, Go Caroling Day
December 21 Look On The Bright Side Day, National Coquito Day, National Crossword Puzzle Day, National Flashlight Day, National French Fried Shrimp Day, National Short Girl Appreciation Day, Winter Solstice
December 22 ​National Short Person Day, National Date Nut Bread Day, National Cookie Exchange Day, Mathematics Day, Forefathers’ Day,
December 23 Festivus, Kisan Diwas, National Christmas Movie Marathon Day, National Roots Day
December 24 Christmas Eve, National Consumer Rights Day, National Eggnog Day
December 25 Christmas, Jesus' Birthday, National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26 National Candy Cane Day, National Whiners Day, National Thank You Note Day, Kwanzaa, Day of Goodwill, Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
December 27 Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day, National Fruitcake Day, Second Day of Kwanzaa
December 28 Proclamation Day, Pledge of Allegiance Day, National Short Film Day, National Download Day, National Chocolate Candy Day, National Call a Friend Day, Card Playing Day, Third Day of Kwanzaa
December 29 Still Need To Do Day, Fourth Day of Kwanzaa
December 30 National Bacon Day, National Resolution Planning Day, Fifth Day of Kwanzaa
December 31 Hogmanay, National Champagne Day, New Year's Eve, Sixth Day of Kwanzaa (Last day is Jan. 1, 2022)

When giving a greeting card, humor is okay, but try not to brag. If you don't know what holiday someone celebrates, ask! Printing a message is okay, but sign your name and write their address- it's the personal touches that warm the heart. Short on time? Don't worry because it's the thought that counts.

Curious about creating a greeting card? Let us share some books and resources to help get you started!

To view the following videos visit Creativebug through our Databases page.

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Cricut Crafts Lace Greeting Cards

Craft: Cricut Crafts: Lace Greeting Cards

Beginner | 11 minutes
Using simple materials, you can create your very own beautiful, inexpensive wedding or bridal shower invitations using Cricut Explore. Courtney demonstrates how to load the lace template into the Design Space, as well as how to create a gatefold and tie the card together with ribbon.

 

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Cricut Crafts DIY Gift Card Holder and Envelope

Craft: Cricut Crafts: DIY Gift Card Holder and Envelope

Beginner | 6 min
Learn how to make custom gift card holders and envelopes using a Cricut Explore cutting machine. The Cricut will cut out and score your printed cardstock and write a professional handwritten greeting with the Cricut Antiquity pen. Lia Griffith shows you how to assemble your gift card holder and envelope and finish it off with a chic ribbon closure. This is the perfect way to add a personal touch to an otherwise impersonal gift card. 

 

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How to Make Watercolor Cards

Craft: How to Make Watercolor Cards

Beginner | 23 min
Learn how to make simple watercolor cards that you’ll enjoy making just as much as your friends and family will enjoy receiving. Courtney Cerruti demonstrates how to create elegant motifs using watercolor and simple brushstrokes or how to use a stencil to apply watercolor if you feel intimidated by the medium. Learn how to personalize your cards with a family photo and make photocopies to create an entire set of handmade cards. Finally, add that same personal touch to your envelopes by making an envelope liner using the same photocopied watercolor technique.

 

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Daily Lettering Challenge 31 Creative Lettering Ideas with Pam Garrison

Craft: Daily Lettering Challenge: 31 Creative Lettering Ideas with Pam Garrison

Intermediate | 3 hours
Take your lettering to the next level in this super-creative daily lettering challenge, taught by artist and art journaler Pam Garrison. Every day for 31 days, you’ll learn a new way to fearlessly approach lettering. From doodled monograms to a Sumi ink alphabet, Pam will guide you through each prompt with easy-to-follow instruction and inspiring ideas for further exploration. Great for card making, journaling, and illustration, this class will help you grow your lettering skills and stretch your idea of what words can look like.

All video descriptions adapted from Creativebug.

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking
by
Judi Watanabe

Craft: Drawing with Tape

Description

"There are so many different colors and patterns of decorative tape. With a little imagination and an eye for an object in its simplest form - rectangle, ellipse, circle, square - it is possible to create images that represent special events or occasions using the tape as the drawing medium."

Directions

1. With scissors, square off one end of the tape. Apply the tape to the folded card approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge.

2. Tear off at approximately 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm). Repeat for the second and third colors.

3. Cut three teardrop shapes from the yellow tape and adhere to the tops of the three vertical strips, creating the flames for three candles.

Variation: Tannenbaum

Christmas trees are a popular icon for the season, and with so many different styles, you are sure to make loved ones smile when they receive a Christmas tree made from decorative tape.

 

Handmade for Christmas : easy crafts and creative ideas for sewing, stitching, papercraft, knitting, and crochet
by
Future Publishing

Craft: Warm Wishes

Designed by: Angela Poole

Description

"Send a beautiful dove card this Christmas, with stitched writing or create the effect in pen. They also make stunning tree decorations and gift tags."

Directions

Step 1:

Using the templates on the next page, trace and cut out one body and one wing shape for each dove. Then fold the wing shape in half lengthways.

Step 2:

On the reverse, lightly draw the picture or word you'd like to stitch on your dove. Use a sharp needle to punch holes along the pencil line.

Step 3:

Punch an additional hole at the center top edge of the dove's body and another in the center of the fold on the wing shape. Use six strands for the stitching.

Step 4:

Thread a length of baker's twine through the hole in the dove's body shape. Now thread through the hole in the middle of the wings and pull down to the body.

Variation

Experiment with layering shapes and textures in red and white; add buttons and ribbons for the finishing touches to your cards and decorations.

 

Encyclopedia of Greeting Cards Tools & Techniques
by
Susan Pickering Rothamel

Craft: Crayon Resist

Description

"A technique in which a wax-based crayon and water-based media repel one another. Depending on the paper or crayon used, the repelling of the paint allows the color of the crayon to be highlighted, or to become a highlight."

Directions: Crayon Resist - Variation 1

1. Draw a design or picture with crayons. Light colors work the best.

2. Press hard with the crayons so they will show up under the paint.

3. When complete, lightly brush dark paint over the picture.

4. The areas of crayon will resist the dark paint.

 

175 Fresh Card Ideas: Designs to make and give throughout the year
by
Kimber Mcgray

Share joy with handmade cards!

Handmade cards are fun to give and receive! 175 Fresh Card Ideas is packed with ideas for all occasions—from kid-friendly themes and milestone birthdays to holidays, bridal and baby showers and sweet sentiments—so you'll never be stuck without a design idea for any card-giving occasion. More than 50 cards include step-by-step instructions and each chapter features a gallery brimming with more inspiration.

You'll discover:

  • Essential techniques for card-making—including rubber stamping, paper trimming, using
  • Copic markers and more—great for beginning card-makers and enthusiasts alike.
  • Ideas for special sentiments that will work interchangeably with many of the cards.
  • Sketches for creating cards and inspiration for tags, gift bags, candy wrappers and more are also included.

Let 175 Fresh Card Ideas help you celebrate any occasion!

Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide
by
Michael Jacobs

Dynamic new ideas for your handmade cards

Dazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and sliding message panels, the mechanism that make these cards spectacular are easy to re-create or adapt to whatever suits your fancy!

Everything you need to get started is inside, including clear instruction, easy-to-follow patterns and introductory information on tools, materials and techniques. And every card featured is designed to fit inside a standard A-2 or #10 envelope, so mailing is as easy as sealing, stamping and addressing. Tips, tricks and ideas for personalization help you create unique cards that their recipients will remember for a long time to come.

There Is No Good Card for This: What to say and do when life is scary, awful, and unfair to people you love
by
Dr. Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

The creator of the viral hit "Empathy Cards" teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain.

When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don't know what words to use—or are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. This thoughtful, instructive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick Emily McDowell, blends well-researched, actionable advice with the no-nonsense humor and the signature illustration style of McDowell's immensely popular Empathy Cards, to help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation.

Written in a how-to, relatable, we've-all-been-that-deer-in-the-headlights kind of way, There Is No Good Card for This isn't a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. It is a helpful illustrated guide to effective compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear.

There Is No Good Card for This features workbook exercises, sample dialogs, and real-life examples from Dr. Crowe's research, including her popular "Empathy Bootcamps" that give people tools for building relationships when it really counts. Whether it's a coworker whose mother has died, a neighbor whose husband has been in a car accident, or a friend who is seriously ill, There Is No Good Card for This teaches you how to be the best friend you can be to someone in need.

Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards

This extra-special selection features 236 gorgeous designs to stitch for all occasions – there's a card for every celebration! This essential collection of cards includes birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, weddings, Father's Day, Mother's Day and much, much more – you'll never be stuck for a card idea again! With charts from your favourite designers, there's a whole world of different styles at your fingertips, so you're sure to find a card you'd like to stitch for the ones you love. Inside this issue: ✱ Stitch a gorgeous greeting for all the family, plus great ideas for friends too! ✱ Beautiful designs to celebrate weddings and wedding anniversaries ✱ Congratulations on your… new home, graduation, passing your driving test… and much, much more ✱ You'll love these adorable animal pairs – they're ideal for Valentine's Day ✱ Cute caravan cards to make you smile!

All book descriptions adapted from publisher.
By VictoriaR on November 27, 2021