20 Handmade Christmas Card Ideas You Can Copy


handmade Christmas card featuring foil die cuts

Our Design Team (the crafty Christmas elves) have been busy making up a batch of Christmas cards and we've been sharing them over on Instagram and here on the blog. There's so much creativity included in each of these handmade Christmas card ideas, that I thought it would be helpful to round them all up here for you. Sit down with some Christmas movies and spend the evening copying one or all of these cards.

Here's 20 handmade Christmas card ideas you can copy. 

handmade card featuring Neenah Stardream cardstock

1. Layered Snowflake Die Handmade Christmas Card

This card uses snowflake dies of varying sizes layered together. Notice how the snowflake cut out from the card base is just rotated a bit and placed back on the card. Genius idea! See this card over on Instagram

Snowflake dies: Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Vista and Silver Neenah Stardream Cardstock

Design by Kate Deignan

handmade pendant shaped Christmas card idea

2. Layered Foil Cardstock Christmas Card

This stunning foil Christmas card idea can be a pendant shaped card, or punch holes in the top to turn it into a banner. Layering pretty foil cardstock in Christmas colors makes for a dramatic card that will won't be tossed in the garbage. More details on the foiled card or banner can be found here.

Die Cuts: Cricut Design Space Cut File "Vintage Merry Christmas Bunting"
Cardstock: Mirri H Foil Cardstock in Red, Emerald and Gold, American Crafts Precision Cardstock in White

Design by Tara Wilder

handmade Christmas card featuring Sirio Ultra Black Cardstock

3. Chalk Art Inspired Handmade Card

This beautiful card features the classic black, red and white color combo. Get the look of chalk art by stamping in white ink, embossing with white embossing powder and then using a sponge to "smudge" white ink on the black cardstock. You can find more details on this Chalkboard Art Card here.

Stamps: Recollections
Embossing Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Cardstock: Sirio Ultra Black Cardstock, Mirri H Red Foil Cardstock, American Crafts White Glitter Paper

Design by Michelle Price 

Colored vellum flowers on a handmade card

4. Coloring on Vellum Handmade Christmas Card

This is such a fun way to add an elegant touch to your handmade Christmas cards. Create flowers and other handmade embellishments for your cards by coloring on the backside of your vellum. You can find the full tutorial here

Stamps: Fresh Florals from Rubbernecker
Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe
Cardstock: Pearl Translucent Vellum, American Crafts Smooth White Cardstock

Design by Kate Deignan

handmade christmas card using embossed foil cardstock

5. Embossed Foil Handmade Card

Did you know you can use your die cuts to actually emboss a design? It's true, and foil paper is the perfect medium to try this technique out on. To get this look, you use a silicone rubber mat in your die cutting machine. You can get the full tutorial here

Die Cuts: Embellished Ornaments from Stampin' Up, Merry Christmas to all sentiment from Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Cardstock: Silver Foil Cardstock, Red Foil CardstockAmerican Crafts Smooth White Cardstock

Design by Kate Deignan

simple handmade christmas card using just cardstock

6. Handmade Christmas Card Using Only Cardstock

At first glance you see an elegant and charming handmade Christmas card, but if you take another look you'll notice just how simple this card really is. It's two sentiments cut from cardstock and layered, plus cut greenery with a few tiny pearls for accents. You only need cardstock for this project, and we love that it's flat for mailing! See this card over on Instagram.

Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothies Dark Kraft, American Smooth Cardstock in Black, White, Moss
Misc: Christmas Cheer Enamel Dots

Design by Tara Wilder

handmade christmas card made with foil cardtsock

7. Handmade Card with Sentiment Cut From Foil Paper

Foil paper is always a great addition to a design, but in this card, it IS the design. This is another stunning but simple card that is easy to replicate. Here, a poretty sentiment is cut from foil cardtsock, and layered on white cardstock so the design pops. See this card over on Instagram.

Cut Files: Mod Christmas
Cardstock: American Crafts Smooth White Cardstock, Grafix Metallic Foil Board in Red and Green

Design by Michelle Price 

handmade christmas card using cardstock

8. Handmade Christmas Card with Cut Out Window

This pretty square handmade card has a fun cut out window in the center of it. When the card is open, the wreath is on the inside of the card. You can achieve this look easily by die cutting letters and a wreath and adding a circle punch to the front of the card. Get more details on this card here

Cut Files: Miss Kate Noel Title
Cardstock: American Crafts Smooth Cardstock in White and Crimson, American Crafts precision Cardstock in Moss and Evergreen

Design by Michelle Price 

handmade card with large ornament die

9. Die Cut Ornament Card with Pearlescent Paper

Sometimes choosing the right cardstock for a project can make all the difference. This pearlescent Christmas Card uses Sirio Pearl for the large ornament die cut, with a contrasting color of Sirio pearl peaking through the cut outs of the ornament. The card base has an embossed script which gives it an elegant touch.  See more of this card here

Ornament Die Cut: Concord and 9th
Pine Bough Die Cut: Taylored Expressions
Cardstock: Sirio Pearl in Rose Gold, Sage

Design by Kate Deignan

handmade Christmas card using layers of cardtsock

10. Layered Cardstock Handmade Christmas Card

This card gets its style from layered cardstock. Die cuts are cut three times from different papers, then layered up slightly offset to give it lots of pretty dimension and added interest. The flower pops off the card when the petals are stacked this way. See this card on Instagram.

Die Cuts: Miss Kate Cuttables
Cardstock: American Crafts Precision Cardstock in White, Black, Blush, and Crimson, Silver Matte Foil Cardstock

Design by Michelle Price 

handmade Christmas cards with gold embossing

11. Gold Embossing on Pearlescent Paper

This card is stunning, but oh so simple to make. Start with a pearlescent cardstock and then stamp a repeating design and sentiment and emboss with gold embossing powder. It's beautiful and it's a flat card perfect for mailing! See more of these cards here.

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp

Cardstock: Neenah Stardream in Lapis and Jupiter 

Envelopes: Neenah Stardream Envelopes in Lapis and Jupiter

Design by Kate Deignan


fun fold Christmas card

12. Fun-Fold Gift Card Holder

If you don't know what to get someone, get them a gift card! This adorable gift card holder adds handmade flair to a present. It has a perfectly sized pocket for a gift card and space on the front flap for some adorable Christmas ephemera. Plus, it'll keep the gift card from getting lost. Get the full tutorial for this fun fold card here.

Stamps: Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Bazzil Card Shoppe in Peppermint and Marshmallow, A Perfect Christmas Collection Kit by Echo Park

Pearls: Mini Pearl Kit in Lilypad

Design by Kate Deignan


13. Fun Fold Christmas Card Template

This fun fold card has a unique diagonal flap that I just love. It may look complicated at first, but this Christmas card template is deceptively easy! Once you get the hang of it you won't be able to stop making them. Get the Christmas fun fold card tutorial here

Stamp: Wreath Stamp (retired) from Stampin' Up

Cardstock: Bazzill Card Shoppe in Marshmallow

Patterned Paper: The Story of Christmas Collection Kit

Design by Kate Deignan

santa suit slimline card

14. Santa Suit Card

Did someone say milk and cookies? This Santa suit slimline card is a must-make for the Christmas season. All you need to make this card is some cardstock, a die cut machine, and some spare time. See this card on Instagram here.

Cardstock: Dotted Swiss in Fireball and Salt, Bazzil Red, and Mirri Lava in Gold

Design by Michelle Price


cup of cocoa christmas card

15. Cup of Coca Card

Savor those cold winter days with this cozy cocoa card. This card makes great use of metal dies, including that cute cookie background! Everything about the handmade cup of cocoa card is just darling. See this card on Instagram.

Cardstock: Neenah Stardream in Coral and Quartz, American Crafts Caramel Smooth

Die Cut: My Momenta

Design by Kate Deignan


christmas poinsettia card

16. Glitter Poinsettias

It's not really Christmas without some poinsettias. These layered paper flowers were made with metal dies and glitter cardstock. This card is an elegant way to wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas! See this card over on Instagram.

Cardstock: Neenah Stardream in Quartz, Crystal and Mars, Mirri Sparkle in Red Wagon.

Design by Kate Deignan


kate pearl ornament card

17. Pearl Ornament Card

This card is going to knock your stockings off! These beautiful die cut ornaments are covered in flat back pearls, giving them a unique texture. These cards are seriously eye catching. Watch Kate assemble this card on Instagram.

Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothies in Dark Olive, I Love Christmas Collection Kit

Misc: Lily Pad Pearl Kit

Dies: Stampin' up and Taylored Expressions

Design by Kate Deignan 

christmas gnome card

18. Christmas Gnome Card

This lovable Christmas gnome is a great holiday companion. The striped, multi-textured background is a great way to use up Christmas paper scraps. The die-cut layering on the gnome really helps him stand out! Get the tutorial for this cardstock strip background technique here
Cardstock: Jaded Glitter Silk Cardstock, Red Mirri H Foil CardstockEmerald Mirri H Foil Cardstock, American Crafts Cardstock in Crimson

Cut Files: Gnome Gang SVG Set

Design by Michelle Price


Kate Christmas Envelope Handmade Card

19. Envelope of Christmas Cheer

Specialty cardstock really makes a difference on this cute holiday envelope card. Kate shows us two ways to make this handmade card, one with plain cardstock, and the other with foil and glitter specialty papers. Check out the video and see the difference for yourself!

Cardstock: Mirri H Foil in Emerald and Red, Glitter Silk Cardstock in Jaded and King's Crown

Die Cuts: Envelope by Altenew, Pine bough by Taylored Expressions Design by Kate Deignan

house shaped pocket card

20. Gingham Christmas House

Imagine if your house could be THIS cute for the holidays! We love all the little details on this handmade Christmas Card. And bonus, once you unfold it you can tuck a small package of treats or a gift card inside! 

Cardstock: Wax Lips Bazzill Card Shoppe Trends, Sirio Ultra Black 104C

Cut Files: House Shaped Pocket Card SVG Files

Designed by Michelle Price

 We hope this inspires your own creations this season! These handmade Christmas card ideas can be copied exactly or be a jumping off point for your own inspiration!



  • Resa Glennon

    Gorgeous cards! Sadly I cannot use since I am not on Instagram.

  • Katie

    Your cards are lovely and, some of them, fun!

  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Hi Marla!
    The noel is an SVG die cut from Miss Kate Cuttables. It’s called “Christmas Words Set”.

  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Unfortunately we can’t do full tutorials for each of our projects, so some end up as quick assembly videos on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Julie

    Love all these beautiful ideas but some of them are only available on Instagram….any chance that could change? I don’t do Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc….

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