The boys wanted our cards this year to feature photographs of them. In years past, we did simple kid-made cards and I included a copy of their Santa photo, but both are past the age of wanting to sit on Santa’s lap. They also have no interest in making cards en masse anymore. So I came up with something a bit different!
On the inside we did a pop-up stack of presents, decorated with those little foil star stickers. The outside features a picture of each boy as an “ornament,” hanging from the Happy Holidays Banner.
Step 1: The Popup insert — I folded a sheet of plain white cardstock in half. Then, I drew the cut lines for the three presents. The photos below show the placement of the lines.(Sorry for the quality, there is no natural light to be found this time of year!) Once cut, fold the flaps for each present back and forth, then pop them forward at the center fold.
Step 2: The photo ornaments — The boys selected the pictures they wanted featured. I sized them down then made a document that held several photos per page. Printed it on cardstock (along with the holiday banner message) and printed it out. Once printed, I cut out each banner and photograph.
Step 3: Assembly — I glued the popup insert into a slightly larger sheet of red cardstock, which was also folded in half. Decoupage glue would work best, but I just used regular Elmer’s and painted it on thinly with a paintbrush. I positioned and glued the banner and ornaments to the front.
Step 4: Embellishing — I have a million of those little foil star stickers. They are cheap and pretty, and you get a few hundred for just a dollar or two, so they are my go-to embellishment for birthday cards. I decorated the popup insert with a red marker and the stickers. On the outside, I added a couple more stickers. With a black pen, I drew lines from the stars and ornaments so they looked like they were hanging from the banner.
As for envelopes, you have a few options for homemade cards. In the past, I have made envelopes from construction paper. There are templates online or you can use an existing envelope for a template. Lately, I’ve started using brown paper lunch sacks for envelopes. I was given a package of 500 when my mom was cleaning out her cupboards, but I never pack lunches in them. Instead, I glue down the bottom so the bag remains flat, slide a card inside, then fold the flap over to close it. Stickers, tape or glue seal the flap closed. I like the look of the brown paper, especially when embellished with a few stars!