holiday card-making :: a tutorial

With just over 6 weeks until Christmas, it’s really not too early to be thinking about your holiday greeting cards. Really.

Don’t groan, don’t roll your know I speak the truth, especially if you like to create them yourself. I love to include a photo with our Christmas cards, so I added one to the front of this card. If you aren’t able to get photos to send with your Christmas cards, you could just as easily use these as thank you cards with the photos you take on Christmas morning!
I am using 4.25 x 5.50 cards, which is a standard size. Blank cards can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Target. In the photo above, the first item is your blank card, next is the white cardstock base for our insert and lastly, the green patterned paper is to embellish our calendar base.
Round all the corners of your card and calendar bases and only the top corners of your patterned paper. Adhere the patterned paper to your white cardstock calendar base adding your calendar as the last step. Search through your rub-ons and choose a sentiment that would be appropriate to display all year. Adhere the rub-on, leaving room to add your handwritten holiday message. Now, add your magnet to the back of the calendar base.
Hmmm. What are we doing to do with this calendar now? We’re going to make a super cute pocket inside our card to place the calendar into. That way, our Christmas card is a card and a gift to enjoy all year long! Plus, you included a can you go wrong with that?

Cut your patterned paper to size and round the bottom two corners. Then, choose where you’ll be placing your grommets and adhere them. I don’t have a long reach Crop-o-Dile, so I had to use my paper piercer to punch a hole in the left side of the card to thread my baker’s twine through. 

Then adhere the pocket you’ve made to the card. Thread your baker’s twine through the holes and attach your choice of a glittered foam embellishment or maybe even a chipboard shape. 
Would you like to see another version of a calendar card?
PLEASE NOTE: patterned paper finished size is 3.25 x 5, unfolded it is 3.25 x 10!

Let’s move our photo to the left side of this card, leaving a border on the right, allowing us to punch a hole and add a grommet to both front and back panels of the card. 

Now, score your patterned paper that is 3.25 x 10 inches long and fold to end up with a 3.25 x 5 inch piece of paper.  You can adhere your calendar directly to the patterned paper or take a scrap piece of white cardstock as I did, add some rub-ons and then adhere the cardstock and calendar to the patterned paper. 
I used a removable glue dot on the back of the calendar tent to adhere it to the card, allowing the recipient to detach the card and display it on a desk.

Here’s how your card will look tied with baker’s twine before you place it into its envelope.

This post was originally featured as a guest post on The Crafting Chicks. Thanks, Chicks, it was fun!


  1. What a lovely idea!!!! I hope you don´t mind if a feature on my blog :)
    hugs from Brazil

  2. Great tutorial, Monika! TFS :)

  3. Hi Monika!!! I featured on my blog in this link:

    thanks for sharing!!!!
    Hugs from Brazil

  4. What a great idea for those extra-special people at Christmas!!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us :)

  5. I love this! I've spent many a December night making my Christmas cards, but I love the calendar touch! It is perfect!
    I knew I would love this blog!

  6. this is such a cute idea Monika!

  7. As someone who has been making her own Christmas cards for almost 20 years, it's harder for me to find homemade cards that really get me excited anymore, but WOWEE, these are awesome. I love, love the calendar idea!!

  8. This is just fantastic ! A card that also doubles as a calendar all year round.

  9. Brilliant my Friend! Absolutely brilliant!!
    Thank you ~

  10. Where can I get the mini calendar you used???


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