Creating beautiful, personalized holiday greeting cards is surprisingly easy, and you don’t have to buy an expensive computer graphics program or colour printer to do it, either. All it takes is a little creativity, a few easily-obtained resources, and the willingness to put your scissors skills to work.

Use old magazines and re-cycled holiday cards

Your biggest task may be compiling the items you need to put together your cards. Old magazines and recycled holiday cards (either new or used) are probably the best sources for images, and of course they’re basically free. Recycled paper, buttons, ribbon fragments, fabric remainders, and all kinds of odds and ends also offer excellent ingredients for your cards. Sometimes you can even get your hands on free address labels with holiday designs from companies you do business with. If that’s the case, you don’t even have to worry about addressing your cards by hand!

Here are some materials you’ll need for your holiday greeting card:

    * Sheets of cardstock, construction paper, or scrapbook paper.
    * Matching or contrasting paper for the envelope.
    * Old or new holiday cards to recycle. Don’t have any? Ask your older relatives if they do – they may save this kind of stuff.
    * Bits and pieces of ribbons, fabrics, trims, scrapbooking embellishments, etc.
    * A bone folder, a tool made to help crease and fold paper. A tongue-depressor or large Popsicle stick will usually do the job.
    * Regular paper scissors and/or funky paper cutting scissors.
    * A ruler.
    * A pencil.
    * Glittery or colored pens to write your holiday message with — though basic black is always a good choice, especially if you have lots of colour on the page already.
    * Glue sticks/pens. Use only scrapbook-safe, acid-free glue, of course!
    * Permanent glue dots to attach heavier objects such as ribbons, buttons, etc.
    * Double-sided tape (optional).
    * Return address labels

Once you’ve gotten all your materials together, think a bit, and then use your resources to create your own original, unforgettable cards for your friends and family. The only limits are the limits of your imagination! Once you’ve finished your design, write a holiday message inside your card. A great place to find these is in old greeting cards, but you can also look to a book of poems or the Bible for fine examples — or better yet, come up with your own special phrase.

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How to make an envelope for your  holiday greeting card in five simple steps:

   1. To make an envelope for your holiday card, use another sheet of matching or contrasting paper. Other cool materials you can use for your envelope include magazine pages, gift wrap, wallpaper, stamped paper, or the Sunday comics!
   2. Lay the card diagonally across it, and fold up the sides using your bone folder.
   3. Glue down the two sides and bottom fold to create the envelope.
   4. Seal your envelope with your glue stick, and put a cute sticker in the middle of the seal to help keep it closed.
   5.Pretty holiday address labels

All you need to add the final touch is a festive holiday stamp from the post office, and there you have it: a homemade holiday card your recipient will treasure!

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