First Guest Post: 2013 DIY Holiday Cards By April Joy

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting here on Gracious Delights. My name is April and I’m one of Ginet’s best friends from high school. I am a mechanical engineer by day (Ginet and I actually work for the same company), but a paper-crafter by night. I am a Project Life® scrapbooker, but just in general, I’m a paper and stationery enthusiast. You can find me blogging about my crafty endeavors here.

Today, I’m here to share a simple tutorial on making a set of holiday cards:

All photos by and belong to April Joy

These are the basic supplies I started with: Roller adhesive, silver Washi tape, red cardstock sized to A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″), a stapler, some manila shipping tags with some handwritten sentiments, an Exacto knife, foam dots, and scissors.


When Ginet asked me to put together a tutorial, I decided to make holiday cards that used non-holiday supplies as a base. This is because I know not everyone has a scrapbooking supply stash like I may have, so I wanted to use supplies that can be found at any craft store like Michael’s.

The 6″x6″ paper pad that I used here was found at the home store, T.J. Maxx for $2.99. It’s a pad full of neutral colored patterned paper which is what I was going for with these cards. I picked up the gold and silver foam stars from Michael’s. The only thing I used from my stash that a non-craft-obsessed person might not have are random bits of holiday stickers. I had silver doilies lying around and decided to use them to add a little extra touch. The silver could easily be switched out with white doilies (that can also be found at any craft or food store).


To start, I cut the silver doilies in half, then I tore off the tear strips from each sheet of paper from the 6×6 pad. I use the tear strips in the design of the card, so just move them aside for now.


Cut down the patterned paper to 4″x5.25″ – this will allow a red border to show around the paper. Glue the paper down and then the doily.


Now take those tear strips and cut them down in various sizes. I like to cut them into little flags. On this specific card, I glued the flags down along the right vertical edge of the patterned paper.


With the flags glued down, I positioned the manila tag at an angle (personal preference). I added silver washi down the side to add more interest to the card.


With the base completed, I added some extra embellishments. I added a couple of the foam stars, some twine to the tag, and a couple Christmas themed stickers. Here’s a closer look at the completed card:


Easy right? I hope I’ve inspired you to bust out your non-holiday craft supplies to create some homemade cards this holiday season! :)

I’ll leave you with some close-up shots of the other cards I made in this set using very similar techniques:


Thanks for stopping by! :)

*Project Life® is a scrapbooking system made easy created by Becky Higgins.


  • Ginet

    Thanks April! This tutorial has inspired me to get cracking on my own DIY cards! I just wish my handwriting is as pretty as yours 😛

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