How To Add the Perfect Finishing Touches to DIY Christmas Cards

A heartfelt DIY handmade Christmas card created using your imagination and some high quality Christmas SVG files can be lovely all by itself, but it can be made even better if you personalize it with a heartfelt greeting of your own. Adding great greetings is one of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize a card – whether you are sending shop bought cards or your own beautiful handmade creations.

There are so many things you can say in a greetings card, but sometimes coming up with the right words can be hard.Here are just a few ideas to help you cure that Christmas writer’s block:

Go Traditional

You can make use of some very simple, traditional greetings, such as any of these:

  • Christmas is all wrapped up (great for adding to cards featuring Christmas SVG files images of gifts)
  • Let it snow (great for snowy cards
  • A warm fire and the warm love of a family…(great for sending to Grandma)
  • Merry Christmas (as tree-shaped word art maybe?)

Christmas Greetings From Songs

A great source of greetings for festive cards are Christmas songs. You’ll find some inspiration for greetings for all the family. Here are some ideas and you’ll find many more online at a lyric site such as Metro Lyrics:

  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Tra la la la la, la la la la
  • … and so this is Christmas, what have we done? Another year over and a new one just begun
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on our troubles will be out of sight
  • Merry Christmas baby
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  • Last Christmas I gave you my heart, the very next day you took it away. This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special
  • I’ll be home for Christmas
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Christmas Quotations

Christmas quotations are a great way to find a few special words to compliment a handmade card. Quotations are a rich resource, with a seemingly endless supply of words for different occasions and are ideal for use during the holiday season.

Christmas quotations range from classic religious prayers and inspirational words, to funny and irreverent quips or dark, satirical one-liners. This is an ideal way of customizing and adapting DIY Christmas greeting cards, customizing them to the recipient.

Remember when using quotations to always include the name, if it is known, of the originator. They aren’t your words, so you really can’t claim them!

Handwriting and Christmas Cards

There are few people who really like their own handwriting! When writing a sentiment in a handmade card, however, it is important to remember that the recipient won’t be judging the neatness of the handwriting, it is the thought and words that matter, not perfectly scripted writing.

That having been said though, here are some tips to help make the most of even the most scrawly handwriting:

Use a good pen! No one’s handwriting will look nice when written in blotchy ballpoint pen. Choose a sleek pen that gives a smooth consistent flow will help to give a good finished effect. Gel pens can be a great choice and they can be found in lots of different colors, including shiny shades like silver and gold.

Write slowly and evenly. Some people rush their writing and this can result in uneven letters. A slow writing rhythm will help to produce neat letters.

Write naturally! There are certainly lovely fancy handwriting styles, from intricate script through to funky styles. But unless you are willing to try and learn calligraphy, which takes more than a little while, simply writing in your own natural style is likely to produce better results than trying something new in a card. If you want to try a new style, practice on scrap paper first.

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Tried all of these tips and still hate your handwriting. Then its OK to cheat a bit and choose to print your greetings and sentiments out again. This will allow you to make use of fancy fonts and embellishments but you might want to consider printing onto a sticker paper, as that will be easier to affix neatly than trying to glue down cut outs.