Crisp, white snow falling on your roof, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" blasting everywhere, and hopeful children talking about their wish lists - the holidays are finally here. You know what they say - when the sleigh bells start ringing, crafters get going because Christmas Card Day 2022 is coming!
As the excitement for the holidays piles up, it's time to get your cardmaking game on as December 9 approaches, and it's the day you have been prepping for - Christmas Card Day 2022! Now is the perfect time to stamp, die cut, emboss, color, and paint all your holiday cards to send out to loved ones during the first week of December. If you're like us, you probably started planning your cards in September, and by now, you're probably in full crafting mode for Christmas Card Day.
In today's blog post, we'll share some ideas that will further inspire your Christmas cardmaking and tell you more about this crafter-favorite holiday. So pull out your craft supplies, and let's get started!
What Is Christmas Card Day?
Christmas Card Day is an annual holiday celebrated on December 9th. The holiday commemorates the tradition of sending holiday cards to family, friends, and loved ones. A Christmas card sends out warm wishes and festive greetings to let our loved ones know that we're thinking of them this yuletide season.
Usually, a holiday card message contains greetings and stories about the highlights that happened to us during the year. It's a way of updating our loved ones on what we've been up to for the entire year. Despite the boom of social media apps to connect us with our loved ones, even from far away, there is nothing like the traditional feel of a handmade holiday card.
When Is Christmas Card Day 2022?
Christmas Card Day is celebrated on December 9th every year. The date was chosen as it is the day the first-ever Christmas card was sent. Back in 1840s England, people sent Christmas letters via Penny Posts.
It just so happens that Sir Henry Cole, a famous British civil servant, received so many letters that he had no time for them, so he commissioned J.C. Horsley in 1843 to draw a Christmas design he had in mind. He then mailed this illustration instead of letters - thus, giving birth to the most significant thing the cardmaking industry has ever known: holiday cards.
How Do We Celebrate Christmas Card Day?
The best way to celebrate Christmas Card Day 2022 is by remembering someone. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often fail to stay in touch with all the people that matter to us. This year, the most heartfelt gift we could give to someone, not just our family and friends, is the gift of remembrance. There's no better way to tell someone that you're thinking of them on this memorable holiday than with a season’s greetings card!
If you're feeling stuck on creative holiday card ideas, we got you! We've rounded up the best Christmas card ideas for 2022 to kickstart your holiday cardmaking:
Pair Holiday Typography Stamps With Embossing Folders
One way to add a unique touch to your holiday cards this year is to use typography stamps as focal points against an embossed background. This cardmaking technique adds beautiful dimension and interest and is also surprisingly simple.
Embossing folders are a cardmaker's best friend, allowing you to create raised designs that add dimension and interest to your card. Combining them with typography stamps and dies enables you to create unique holiday greetings that stand out.
- To get started, choose an embossing folder and a typography stamp and die with a holiday-themed message.
- Position your cardstock inside the folder and run it through your machine.
- After embossing, you can leave the embossed background as is or try inking the raised areas with colors of your choice.
- Lastly, die cut your typography sentiment on some colored or glitter cardstock, and you're good to go!
There are many coloring options and ways to style versatile typography. You can play around with ink blending and shading to replicate Joy's look above. The luminous effect on the embossed wreath on this holiday design will surely brighten anyone’s day!
Make Festive Arrangements With Holiday Trees, Florals, and Leaves
If you're looking for a unique way to spread holiday cheer this year, why not try using holiday-themed flowers and plants in your holiday cards? There are plenty of ways to incorporate festive floral and foliage designs into your cards. From backgrounds to accents, you can create different variations of holiday cards even with just one stamp set!
For example, you could create a simple design by placing a sprig of holly or a sprig of mistletoe in the center of your card. You could also create a wreath of evergreen branches and adorn it with red berries and bows.
After all, nothing says "happy holidays" more like a beautiful arrangement of wreaths, berries, foliage, trees, and poinsettias! You can mix and match different types of flowers to create a festive arrangement or go for a more modern look with a single type of flower in a bold color.
If you really want to impress your recipients, add embellishments and accents, such as metallic threads, enamel dots, and sequins, for texture! Whatever your style is, creating holiday cards with plant-themed stamps and dies is an easy and surefire way to make wow-worthy holiday cards.
Use Non-traditional Colors for Unique Holiday Cards
Use non-traditional colors for your holiday cards for something different this year's Christmas Card Day. Non-traditional colors will challenge your creative muscles and push you to create designs that stand out from the usual holiday cards. Blue and black can be surprisingly elegant and festive colors, and they offer a unique twist on the traditional red and green. For a truly eye-catching design, try pairing blue with gold or silver accents.
You can also try using a black background with white snowflakes for a festive and wintery feel.
You can also keep it simple by using elegant black and gold colors. No matter what approach you take, your non-traditional holiday cards are sure to make your recipients feel special!
Build Vibrant Holiday Backgrounds With Cover Dies
Cover dies are specialized dies that can easily create intricate designs on the front of your cards. Adding a cover die to your holiday cards can create a unique and stylish look that will impress your friends and family.
Various cover dies are available, so you can easily find one that fits your card's style. Best of all, cover dies are easy to use, so you can finish multiple batches of holiday cards in no time for Christmas Card Day. To use a cover die in your holiday card, follow these steps:
- Start with a basic card base. You can use any cardstock - colored or glitter.
- Next, choose a cover die you like and position it over your chosen cardstock. You can secure it in place with some low-tack tape.
- When you're happy with the placement, run the die through a die-cutting machine.
- Adhere the cover die to your card base using craft glue or double-sided adhesives.
- Now comes the fun part! Once you've cut out and adhered your cover die, it's time to color and decorate it through stamping, adding glitter or sequins, or even painting your die-cut. You can also use embellishments you like as accents.
Have fun, and let your imagination run wild! To finish your card, write a holiday message inside and mail it to your loved ones for Christmas Card Day. If you want holiday card message ideas, browse our rich collection of thoughtful holiday messages!
Send Love and Joy on Christmas Card Day With These Ideas!
Christmas Card Day is just around the corner on December 9th this year, so it’s time to get crafting! Hopefully, our roundup of merry and bright holiday card ideas has inspired you. In the spirit of Christmas Card Day 2022, we hope you spread goodwill by remembering someone and making them feel special with a holiday card this year!
For more awesome cardmaking tips, tricks, and techniques, be sure to check out our Card Blog for more inspiration. From all of us here at Altenew, we wish you a very happy holiday season!