Do you make your own Christmas cards?
If cards aren’t flat enough they need extra postage and may even need to be processed as a parcel… yikes! I’m not paying for that!
If you follow these tips you can make mail-friendly, flat cards that have texture and dimension.
Keeping cards flat can be a challenge. There are so many beautiful embellishments and sparkly things for decorating cards, it’s nearly impossible to resist all of the goodies. 😉
Here’s my top tips for making a beautiful, flat card that has texture and dimension.
Use touchable layers.
Add a little decadence to your cards by using materials like:
- glossy or metallic paper
- glitter paper
- dry embossing
- heat embossing with stamps
By adding textural elements you create texture and dimension. The great thing is that these kinds of elements don’t have to add a lot of bulk!
Create the look of dimension.
Use items that give visual dimension like:
- washi tape
- patterned paper
- paper punches to create flat embellishments or decorative edging
- glitter glue
- Liquid glass or glossy accents
- stitching or faux stitching
Avoid these chunky goodies. (even though they are wonderful!)
I know, they are gorgeous, but these embellishments will quickly make your card too thick and heavy, resulting in extra postage required!
- bling and gems
- wood veneers
- chunky bows or knots
Try to enjoy the process of making your Christmas cards! Soon they will be done and in the mail carrying your warm holiday wishes to the special people in your life.
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Alice. I enjoyed reading your article — all good tips. FYI, I just made a wonderful engagement card for my nephew and it cost me over $2.00 in postage (yikes). Thank goodness it wasn’t my Christmas Cards.
PS. I would love to try flocking but they don’t sell it at any of the craft stores around here. Any thoughts on this?