Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Store bought Christmas Cards are pretty but you can do so much more with your own personalized Christmas Card. Pictures of wreaths make gorgeous Christmas Cards!

Here are my 2012 Christmas Cards.
I love the way they turned out and hope you do too!!!

To get started this year I hung my HUGE Christmas evergreen wreath inside. Who says it has to be outside every year. I wanted my wreath to have an organic feel. I decided to use dried elements like lotus pods, pine cones and natural raffia fiber. (I painted the tips of the pine cones white to look like snow.) To glitz up the wreath I used bullion fringe and weaved it inside the wreath. I topped off the wreath with a shiny green and gold wire ribbon and added a bow for the top of the wreath. The finally touch was to add an adorable Mama Bear. Isn't she the cutest wearing her Sunday attire? I just love her floral hat and knitted sweater with silver buttons. I simply placed Mama Bear in the center of the wreath. 
You may use the pictures I posted for your own Christmas Cards (personal use) or you can make your own. 
(Add elements you love and your wreath will be spectacular.) 
Don't forget to take pictures at a distance and close up of your decorated wreath. Now you have your very own Christmas Cards to share with your family and friends. Add a pretty border of color (I used Picasa 3) and some text "Merry Christmas!" Now print out your pictures on card stock. Or glue your printer paper image to poster board and fold into a card.
 

Happy Crafting!
XO,
Dee
 
P.S. Thanks for all your sweet notes on my last post. 
Christmas wishes do come true!

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19 comments:

Barbara F. said...

I am glad your Christmas wish came true, and that your mom is doing a lot better. Very cute card and a good idea I may try next year. xo

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

So glad you're back and your mom is doing better!! GREAT idea for Christmas cards. I'm 'hit or miss' -- my poor friends and family never know from one year to the next if they'll get one from me. This year, no. I decided extra work/stress was not on the menu :) But I love your idea and will tuck that away for next year (or even other holidays/events!)

Laurie said...

best wishes to you and your family, sounds like things will be merrier for you with your mum feeling better, beautiful cards and such a lovely wreath.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Dee, and so personal, too! Nicer to have a picture of your own wreath on a card.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope your Mother continues to do better. And I love your card ideas. This would be fun for next year. I should get busy and work on some. I love taking holiday photos and I know some of them would work for cards. Happy holidays!

jyothisethu said...

be better wishes for your mother and thanks for the help you offered with the cards...!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh love your cards!! It sounds like Mom is doing better, so happy for you!

Carol

Gina said...

What a great idea! Your cards look great and your wreath is so pretty. Something tells me my kids would prefer this too (instead of me making them pose for a picture!)

Infuse With Liz said...

Very nice! I'm afraid I've already bought my cards but this is a nice way to do it!

Karen Albert said...

Dee I am so happy to hear this news!
Your wreath is gorgeous and made a lovely Christmas Card!

xoxo
Karena
2012 Artist's Series

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Dee, that is just darling! I totally failed at the Christmas cards this year! Yours is lovely!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dee,
I am so very happy that your Mom is doing better. "The prayers of the righteous...."
Love your card, because it is truly your own, what a great idea.
Big hugs and happy holidays,
Patti

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,
So good to read the last sentence of your post! That is all what matters; family first.
Your wreath is lovely and so is the idea for using photos for Christmas cards.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Bliss said...

Merry Christmas Dee.

Bliss

Cynthia said...

Dee,

I am glad your back! Love these cards, very cute.

Cynthia

Leovi said...

Wonderful Christmas cards, I like. Greetings.

SavannahGranny said...

These are so special. Your wreath and photography are great. Love Mama Bear, she OWNS that wreath. You are correct, so much more personal. I may do that next year.
Blessings for a Merry Christmas,
Ginger

Debbiedoo's said...

Best Christmas gift ever Dee! Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing.

Dawn said...

Dee this project is so clever, thanks for linking up.

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