DIY Modern Holiday Greeting Cards

December 21, 2012

For our three month wedding anniversary, we had a little Christmas get-together for our wedding party. I made a set of invitations with black and gold washi tape under a triangle tree that swings to the side to reveal all the details. These worked great as invitations but would be equally great as Christmas cards. And if you’re into making cards, you should also check out the last minute greeting cards I made last year.

I made these using supplies I had around. We have so much leftover watercolor paper from making a million paper flowers. My cards are 3 1/2 x 5 inches to fit in the extra envelopes from our response cards but it’s easy to make these any size you want.

Here’s what you need:
Cardstock or heavy paper
An Xacto, cutting mat and straight edge
Washi Tape
5mm Brad
A decent, non-ballpoint pen (I love my CocoIro letter pen)

Here’s how:

  1. Cut paper to size, mine are 3 1/2 x 5 inches. You’ll need to cut 2 rectangles per card.
  2. On the shorter edge of each rectangle, use a pencil mark the center.
  3. Line your straight edge up from the center mark to the bottom left corner.
  4. Cut!
  5. Repeat for the right side of the triangle.
  6. Now you have a triangle and a rectangle, the front and inside of your card.
  7. Set your triangle aside. Line your first strip of washi tape up with the center mark and the bottom corner.
  8. Place two more strips of tape to cover the paper to the upper corner. Be careful to line up any stripes or patterns on your tape so it looks profesh.
  9. Flip the rectangle over and trim away the excess tape.
  10. Repeat steps 7 to 9 for the other side.
  11. Now you’ve got a dressed up rectangle and a handsome triangle.
  12. Lay the triangle on top of the rectangle so that the triangle is exactly on top of the bare paper triangle on the rectangle. Use the Xacto knife to cut a hole near the top of the triangle through both pieces of paper at the same time. The hole should be just big enough for the legs of the brad.
  13. Place the brad through the hole in the triangle.
  14. Then place the brad through the hole in the rectangle.
  15. Flip the card over and secure the brad.
  16. It’s a real card now!
  17. Write your greeting on the triangle and include warm holiday wishes on the inside. Or, if you’re making invitations, list the details for your party. If you have a reliable printer, you could print your text on cardstock and then cut to size. The cover of this card would look super cute with stamped greeting using letters from a stamp kit.

Yay! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Julie January 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    So cute and clever!

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