Personalized Christmas Cards

Create your own unique Christmas cards with these ideas.

| November/December 1983

  • Inspire Fine Sketches
    There are literally hundreds of picture subjects around your house or homestead that could inspire fine sketches for your personalized holiday greeting cards.
    Photo provided by Fotolia/Helen Hotson
  • Personalized Greetings
    Homemade personalized greetings also allow each member of the family to add his or her own distinctive illustration to the card.
    Illustration provided by Fotolia/Megapixelina

  • Inspire Fine Sketches
  • Personalized Greetings

If your household is anything like ours, December is one of the busiest months of the year. Consequently, the mere suggestion of squeezing in time to make handcrafted Christmas cards (no matter how much fun it'd be or how much money you'd save) probably makes you want to throw your hands up in despair, right? But — take it from a seasoned greetings-maker — you can do it with time to spare. . . that is, if you follow the Browne Family Card-Creating Recipe. With our special formula, you'll not only be able to make a hundred or more uniquely-yours notes, but you'll be able to manufacture these yuletide treasures for as little as 7 cents to 15 cents a card.

No kidding, all you'll need to produce our brand of homemade cards is a design (either original or transposed from another source) and a greeting . . . pasted up on a master card. Your local printer will take care of the rest. What could be simpler?

Here's What You Do . . .

Using india ink, draw (or trace from a favorite old greeting card) your chosen design on a 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" piece of good-quality white bond paper. Be careful to leave a half inch border around the paper. If your family doesn't boast an adult "Rembrandt" who can sketch your home's landscape — or create some other desired picture — don't overlook how precious a young child's drawing can be on a holiday card.

Next, have the family calligrapher print or write your season's message in india ink on a separate sheet of the same-sized paper.

If you'd rather, you could type your greeting, or cut out a black-and-white one from an old card (to paste or tape onto the bond paper).

When the design and greeting are set, have all the members of the family sign their names below the message. One advantage of making this type of pasted-up master card is that each person can sign his or her name several times on different sheets of paper, choosing the best "John Hancock" to attach to the final form. If anyone makes a mistake such as an ink blot-you can easily cover it up with white out.

Lisa Sullens
9/9/2010 9:40:20 PM

I have made my own Christmas cards for the past 13 years. I have had very basic rubber stamped cards to cards that required many different steps. I enjoy making them and my friends and family know that I make them myself. I have been to their houses at Christmas time and I have seen many years of cards displayed because of the time that I put into them. Most don't even throw them away after the holiday. I have even seen my cards on Christmas trees as ornaments. It is a wonderful honor to me to have my hand made card on someone's Christmas tree as a treasured ornament.

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