Simple DIY Holiday Gift Idea – Family Christmas Card
Christmas is fast approaching, which means it’s that time of the year once again when we put a little extra effort and patience into shopping for presents for our loved ones. The usual scenario features going to a local mall, browsing inside almost every boutique, and finally buying something eye-catching that we think our friends and family would love. As an alternative to this, most of us resort to our own homemaking skills – whether in cooking, baking, and/or do-it-yourself crafting – and bring out your inner Martha Stewart.
My 1929 Charmer has a long list of easy-to-follow recipes that are perfect for the holidays. So if you’re one of those wizards in the kitchen, then you might whip up a batch of homemade cookies or a cake for a more personal touch to your gift. However, compared to shopping at malls and/or novelty stores, wouldn’t it be better to come up with your own present for that special someone? A gift that would not only warm their hearts, but also remind them that you’ve put time and effort into the actual item. Here’s where your DIY skills will come into play.
Nothing says “Merry Christmas!” like a family Christmas card. We only need a few materials for this simple project: flowers, versamark ink, sticky embossing powder, and gold mica powder. We also have to have a stock card or patterned paper, a decorative stamp, a wood title, a couple of relics and artifacts Dresden trims, and of course your family photo. As for the tools used, this do-it-yourself project only requires a reliable heat gun, a product Screwfix describes as a safer equivalent to an open flame.
To start things off, take your family photo and stick it onto a stock card, leaving behind about an inch of space to serve as a border. You then have to use the versamark ink on your chosen stamp design, imprint it on the card, and apply the sticky embossing powder onto it, as this will be your border pattern. Make sure to have your heat gun at the right setting before carefully melting the sticky embossing powder on the inked stamp. Using a soft brush spread gold mica powder onto the stamped card’s edges for added shine and glimmer. Lastly, embellish your family Christmas card with relics and artifacts Dresden trims to give it a more holiday-like feel.
This DIY project may not be as expensive as any of the usual gifts, yet it shows your creativity and versatility to shine through. With simple home tools and readily available materials, you, too, can come up with your own personalized Christmas present.
This is a contributed post.