Merry and Bright! Christmas Cards

9 Dec

So I got my first tree this year AND it’s the first time I’m sending out Christmas cards.

If I didn’t know better I might just say I’m growing up.

I’ve always loved the idea of sending Christmas cards. After all, I’m the girl who can’t pass up pretty stationary and a good pen all year long.

But sending Christmas cards has always plummeted to the bottom of the list this time of year. This year, I made a plan.

In between handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, I made Christmas cards!

Christmas Card

Christmas Lights Card

But you want to hear a secret?

If you want to make similar cards, no need to have started next to a bowl of fun-size Snickers in October. These are so easy, you can whip up a bunch during an episode of Glee. Promise.

You can probably figure it out by looking at the picture above, but here’s what I did:

Blank Christmas Card

I bought a pack of blank white cards from Michaels. They sell packs that come with matching envelopes for about $5

Christmas Card Line

I used a fine tip black Sharpie to draw a squiggly line diagonally across the card.


I picked five festive colors from my mason jars full of skinny Crayola markers.

Mason Jar Markers

Is there anything mason jars can’t be perfect for? I guess this is how dads must feel about duct tape.

Anyway, I picked five colors and bulbs at random spots along the line. Leave some room between the line and the ovals, and go back with your fine tip Sharpie and draw little squigglies (technical term) to finish off the bulbs.

Christmas Card

Tada! You’ve got a merry and bright Christmas card. I’m digging the simplicity of the bright colors against the white background and the retro feel of the big bulbs.

If you’re so inclined, you can add some glitter.

I did a few with “joy” stamped in the bottom right hand corner, but stuck those in the mail before I took a picture. Whoops.

Are you sending Christmas cards this year? Have you received any cool cards? Are you as enamored with mason jars as I am?

6 Responses to “Merry and Bright! Christmas Cards”

  1. Linda December 9, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    They are so pretty. I can’t wait to receive mine.

    • Katie December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks! On its way! 🙂

  2. Morgan December 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Adorable! Love how they turned out. This would be so fun with kid’s fingerprints for a family card, too!

    • Katie December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks so much Morgan! I have actually seen fingerprint versions since and they are adorable!


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