I think most crafters and artists set goals to make more things by hand for the holidays. I know I do. However, due to the busyness of the season, I never seem to meet that goal. The things I hope to make are usually way too time-consuming, especially for such a busy time. Still, every year I try to hand craft a few things, as I know how nice it feels to receive something handmade and so I recently set a goal to make my own cards.
I knew I had to figure out a design that would be quick and easy to make and thought back to a set of cards by Cheryl Dossey that was published in the November/December 2018 issue of Somerset Studio. The design was simple but also striking. She tore paper strips into various lengths and arranged them in the shape of a tree. At the time, we enjoyed her cards so much that we created an artists’ paper that consisted of strips of different designs to encourage our readers to make their own cards following Cheryl’s inspiration.
For my cards, I used this artists’ paper, but instead of tearing strips from it, I chose to cut apart the designs and arrange them in a tree shape. I also added word stickers for the holiday greeting, but you could use stamps, book text, or computer-generate your own sentiments. I had some paper left to spare, so I also cut triangles from it and adhered them to the cards, using a small scrap for the base of the tree.
These cards were perfect for satisfying my need to make something for the holidays. I was able to create quite a few of them in under an hour, which was great because that’s about all the time I had to spare. Once you start making your own cards, it will be hard for you to stop!
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio, Bella Grace, Book of Lists, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, The Cozy Issue, and GreenCraft. She lives in Orange County with her husband and their two rescue dogs.