My handmade Christmas cards

Do you agree that it’s ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas?’ … seeing as the big day is just around the corner, I guess that makes sense. Just where has December disappeared to? Before we know it the new year will be here and the race will begin again!

A few weeks ago I told you that I was ‘getting my craft on’ and making some Christmas cards as part of the ‘Creative Collective Handmade Christmas Card Swap‘. Well I thought you might be curious to see how my own creative attempts turned out … please be kind dear reader! Here’s what I did:

I picked up some plain white embossed cards and then cut out a little window so the world within could be glimpsed …

Being a complete non-drawer, I constructed the inside image by stencilling onto appropriately coloured paper (it took ages to cut these out). Having glitter pens revolutionised my world and meant the Christmas tree baubles were relatively easy to ‘make’ … (I would have adored a glitter pen or two as a child!). The artistic Mr. even let me borrow some of his precious pens to complete my cards.

I enjoyed making these cards so much that I’m really hoping to give a different design a go next year. There’s something rather wonderful about receiving some handmade delights in the mail! This project has also reminded me how much I miss writing and receiving handwritten letters …

Is ‘snail mail’ still an important part of your life?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    I love snail mail! I think it’s the TLC that goes into it.

    πŸ™‚ Also it’s like getting a surprise in the mail.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I love snail mail too! And I think you’re right – it’s all about knowing the extra special effort that goes into posting a REAL letter that makes all the difference! πŸ™‚

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    YES SNAIL MAIL IS WONDERFUL – haha – I hardly ever get letters but got two this Christmas (blow me down) and I was wrapped. Your cards are just lovely πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Receiving snail mail feels like such a luxury these days, I think because we all know how busy everyone is. It’s nice to know that someone would take the time to ‘drop a line’. It also makes a pleasant change from receiving bills! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for your kind words about my cards! πŸ™‚

  3. Rellacafa

    Aw, they are adorable! I love snail mail, although I have a lot of difficulty actually getting it written and in the post box these days! So much so, that I think my Christmas cards are about to become New Year’s cards….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hiya Caf – I’m so glad you like my cards … they were lots of fun to both create a design for and make!

      Like yourself I missed the deadline for sending out a few Christmas wishes, so I’ll just be calling them ‘new years’ cards rather than Christmas cards (haha … thank goodness for two major event days being so close together!).

  4. fairchildstreet

    Your cards are lovely. I am so sick of all the mass produced ones. Yes I love snail mail. My friend in the US makes cards and when I receive one in the mail I it is the highlight of my day. Hope the receivers of the cards cherish them. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Thanks for your lovely words about my cards. I know what you mean about being a bit sick of all the mass produced ones – sometimes the sentiments in them are a bit ‘off’ or they just seem so ‘blah’ (that whole mass-produced thing I guess).

      How lovely that your US friend makes cards … we all need a few friends like that! πŸ™‚

  5. Mel

    They’re beautiful πŸ™‚ I love to send handmade cards at Christmas – and I love to receive mail any time of the year! It’s fun to send the occasional surprise package to someone, too πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Aww… you’re always so sweet! I think it’s wonderful that you make your own Christmas cards each year … I think sending (and receiving) little surprises in the mail throughout the year is a wonderful, wonderful thing! … and such a lovely way to spoil someone! πŸ™‚

  6. bobbi

    Your cards are very cute. I miss receiving real mail too…me and my cousin used to meet and spend together summer holidays at my grandma’s and then write each other a letter every week. I still have those letters and they’re wonderful. I wish we could still write to each other like that, but we’ve got used to quicker ways…
    I usually draw my cards at christmas, not this year. No time!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I’m glad you liked my cards. I’m pretty happy with them seeing as I haven’t made any of my own cards since primary school … I hope I can find the time to make some next year … they were lots of fun! πŸ™‚

      I used to always go out of my way to write to friends and family, but I suppose somewhere along the way I got a little lazy or time got the better of me. How lovely that you still have the letters you and your cousin wrote to eachother … I have a box of letters received from over the years – and they’re so very cherished! πŸ™‚

      Oh, I’d love to be able to draw my own Christmas cards, but sadly my illustrative skills are rather ordinary (and that’s putting it kindly!). πŸ˜‰

  7. Kristen

    they are adorable! I love the window cut out for a sneak peek to the world inside. lovely. Snail mail still is important in our lives. We don’t get or give it too often so, when it happens it’s such a delight! Every year I include my kids in a holiday pen pals card swap with friends (they may know well or not at all) but who are their age. It’s always a great activity!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kristen – So glad you liked my handmade cards … πŸ™‚

      Snail mail is a wonderful thing – especially if you can keep the tradition alive. Perhaps it’s the infrequency which makes it extra special?

      Having pen pals is a great way to share a love of letter writing, and it’s a lovely way to make lots of fantastic friends all over the world.

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