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Cartridge Doodlecharms
Cartridge Doodlecharms

The holidays are here and that means it’s time for Christmas cards. This is the time of year when your mailbox is filled with brightly colored envelopes bringing news and season’s greetings from friends and family everywhere. A great way to cut down on the cost of these is to make them yourself. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you on your way.

  1. First make a list of everyone you’ll send a card to. This will help you decide how much supplies you need to get.
  2. Next you’ll need to get supplies. Since you’re going to decorate your own, you can bypass all the fancy, expensive kits (though these can be fun as well). Common card size is half-letter. The most cost-effective way is to choose a base color and purchase a box of cardstock in this hue. Paper supply stores will have a wide variety to choose from and often have discounts when you buy in bulk. You’ll need half as many sheets as you have people on your list. For example, if you’re sending cards to 100 people you’ll need at least 50 sheets of cardstock. Make sure you also have a few extras for any mess ups or last-minute additions. Other than cardstock, you’ll also want stickers or something to decorate the outside as well markers to write on the inside. And don’t forget envelopes and stamps!
  3. Once you have your paper, there is some tedious work. Using a paper cutter, the cardstock needs to be cut in half. All the halves will then need to be folded in half to get your card base.
  4. Now is the fun part: decorating. If you have kids, this is a great way to entertain them and get homemade cards done at the same time. A smaller piece of paper can be glued on the front, leaving the card to act as a frame or mounting. You can cut out various sizes of white circles and make snowmen for your kids to decorate. Christmas trees are fairly easy to cut freehand using scissors and green paper and can be embellished with glitter, stickers, markers, ribbon, or anything else you may have on-hand.
  5. There are many machines available to make this process easier. If you have a die cut machine such as the Xyron Wishblade or the Personal Cutting System, lettering or other intricate designs are easy to make and then glue onto your card. Small laminators can be used to make anything into a sticker that you can adhere to the card. And the Xyron Design Runner can print anywhere on the card. If you don’t have any of these products, you can still make beautiful cards on your own but any one of these devices makes it easier to do a large quantity of cards.
  6. All that is left is to write a message inside. Then stuff the envelopes, address and stamp the outside, and you’re done.

Using these simple steps, you can create beautiful holiday cards for everyone on your list. This is a great way to spend a fun weekend with your kids while watching their creativity flow.

Jeff McRitchie is the director of marketing and original developer for He has written hundreds of articles on binding technologies, lamination, shredding and paper handling. He regularly writes about comb binding, coil binding, wire binding, Velobind, Unibind, thermal binding, Proclick, Zipbind, Powis Parker Fastback, laminators, pouch lamination, roll laminating, paper shredders, paper cutters, folding machines and corner rounders.

A division of Information Management Services LLC, is based in Hillsboro Oregon and has grown from being a regional document finishing company to become one of the largest American suppliers for binding and laminating products. Mybinding now stocks and carries more than 13,000 products related to binding and laminating. No other company offers more options for presenting your image.

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