10 Handmade Christmas Card Ideas You Can Copy

10 Handmade Christmas Card Ideas You Can Copy


handmade Christmas card featuring foil die cuts

Our Design Team (the crafty Christmas elves) has been busy making up a batch of Christmas cards and we've been sharing them all week over on Instagram. 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 10 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!

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 cardtsock in Christmas colors makes for a dramatic card that will won't be tossed in the garbage. 

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.

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!

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. 

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. 

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.  

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. 

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

Bonus Christmas Card Idea

I know I said 10 ideas, but I just had to include this bonus easy handmade Christmas card idea. 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! 

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp

Cardstock: Neenah Stardream in Lapis and Jupiter 
Envelopes: Neenah Stardream Envelopes in Lapis and Jupiter

Design by Kate Deignan

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!


  • Michelle

    The Merry Christmas is not a die. It’s Cricut fonts within Design Space.

  • Linda

    Can you tell me who makes the “merry” and “Christmas” dies on the Handmade Christmas Card Using Only Cardstock? thanks!


    Fantastic examples!

  • Carol

    All his creativity is so inspiring! Please tell them we appreciate their work. It’s hard to think about Christmas when it’s 100° out! But happy & merry Christmas in July.

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