Make Your Own Holiday Card

Homemade Holiday Card! (click through for DIY details!)Each year we create a holiday card to send to our business friends. This year I thought a house shaped card would be fun (in honor of our new studio house). Today we're excited to team up with Canon USA and their Crafting Corner to share a fun method for creating a personalized holiday card in the likeness of your home!1
Step 1: Print the house template and two 5x7 inch photos from your year. We created a collage of small memories for the second image. We printed ours on the PIXMA MG7120 on Canon's 8.5x11 semi-gloss photo paper and just cut it down to size as necessary.

Download house template here. (right-click/control + click, then select save link as..., and be sure to print at 100% scale)
2Step 2: Cut out the template and use it to create a cover piece from scrapbook paper and to trim the photos to a house shape.3Step 3: Decorate the front of your card using pieces of scrapbook paper and rubber stamps! Add your own personal greeting. 

To create a paper resemblance of your home, take a cell phone photo and use only the most definable features (doors, windows, roof, pillar) in matching colored papers. It's really fun!4Step 4: Cut 2-4 photos into the house shape and make sure they line up correctly.  

5Step 5: Make a crease on cards about a half inch from the bottom. Add this crease to all of the pages except the last one to make it easier to flip through.6Step 6: Secure the bottom of the card with staples or sewing machine stitches. 

7That's it! Now you have a totally custom holiday card! 

To create these in a larger quantity I recommend doing them in stages. Stage 1- make all the house fronts, Stage 2- print and cut all the photos, Stage 3- Assemble and address!8Use 5x7-inch envelopes to send your cards! 

Holiday Card via abeautifulmess.comHoliday Card via abeautifulmess.com
What about you? Have you already planned your holiday cards? xo. Elsie 

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman.

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