Monday, December 12, 2011

Hybrid Handmade Christmas - Christmas Cards / Tags

The French don't really do Christmas cards, well not in this bit of France anyway.  So, what's a girl to do?  Make them herself of course!

You will need:  1.  Card stock (these are little French correspondence cards which come with matching envelopes) 2. Tracing paper 3. Hole punch, circular or any other fancy shaped punch 4.  Lino cutter 5. Artist's carving block - but really, it's just a big eraser  6. Ink pad 7. Pencil 8. Fancy string or ribbon 9. Optional reindeer 10. Optional snowflake.

And then...

This is my first effort on the carving front - but to see the master at work I highly recommend this video by the very talented Geninne D. Zlatkis.

Geninne has also posted some great stamp carving tutorials on her blog which you can find here.

Christmas cards/ tags 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
All that remains is to punch your holes and finish the tag off with some fancy string or ribbon.

Perhaps these could do with a bit more sparkle and glitter - but really, I like to keep these things simple.  It's the words on the other side that really count.


  1. You're right - the French don't generally 'do' any sorts of cards. I have, however, managed to teach my French family that cards for every occasion are a must-have. They have taken this on board and go above and beyond, often sending two cards for each occasion, which thrills me even more! I love that tradition! On the other hand, they take 'announcements' very, very seriously indeed. I remember our marriage announcement, or 'faire part' was extraordinarily important to perfect! Same goes for births etc....Mrs L x

  2. Oh how I love the differences between cultures! It makes you wonder, 'why this" and "why that?' AND it teaches you new ways of doing old things. Now see, I never did anything particular to announce my marriage OR the birth of my children..... seems almost wrong now to not mark such occasions now that I think about it from a French point of view. Hmmmm.

  3. Hi, so organised Cari!! We still haven't done the thankyou's for the wedding yet. Let alone think about xmas cards. Given that it is next weekend....and we haven't bought presents yet, i think cards are last on the list.
    Cards used to be something i did quite well, but not so much lately. maybe next year~!

  4. Well, Andrea, I think that when one is busy making another human being one is excused from ALL other extra circular activities. I'd actually extend this to the first 5 years of motherhood too!


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