Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

In an effort to use my giant stash of paper, I decided to challenge myself to make some Christmas cards using an older non holiday My Minds Eye paper line. Market Street-Nob Hill is still one of my favorite lines ever from My Minds Eye and I have a lot of it. I thought it would be fun to see what I could come up with using my die cut machine. Any collection that features some version of red and green works good for this challenge, even if it’s closer to pink and teal. Look for gold and black and white papers to add to the mix to complete the look. I threw in a bit of My Minds Eye Chalk Studio papers as well.

So without further ado, here are 5 ways to use non-holiday paper collections to make Christmas Cards.

Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

Big Die Cut Words

Cut out some big holiday themed words. These adorable words are from Miss Kate Cuttables and I cut some from glitter paper and some from red cardstock with my Pazzles Vue.

Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

Use Christmas Sheet Music

You can find old sheet music at any thrift store. Look specifically for Christmas music and then cut it up and use it for a card layer. In this case the Market Street Collection came with an ephemera pack that had a mini music sheet in it. I also had fun thinking of ways to adapt the stickers in the line to fit the holiday theme. I used a globe sticker and the word peace to tie it together for Christmas. Be creative with those word stickers!

 Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

Add Snow and Snowflakes

Adding whipped spackle or gesso splatters to mimic snow gives any card a wintery holiday feel. Add a snowflake or two and you’ve got a perfect Christmas season card. I used a little glitter on my snowflakes to add to the snowy theme.

 Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

Shaped Cards

The power of a die cutting machine is most evident when you make shaped cards. You can easily turn any cutting file into a shaped card by mirroring and welding the shape. It’s one of my favorite tricks for a fancy card.

Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

Put a Reindeer on it

No matter what, you can always add a reindeer to a card and call it a Christmas card. Again I used a Miss Kate Cuttables reindeer file, but many non-holiday paper lines also include deer heads and antlers.

Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

If you are feeling extra extravagant, put several of the above ideas all on one card.

Making Handmade Christmas Cards with die cuts

So there you have it. Pull an old paper line out of your stash and challenge yourself to make some Christmas cards. If you come up with other fun ways to use your stash for the holidays, share with us in the comments.

~Michelle

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