Have you started making your holiday cards yet? If you haven’t, you should probably get on it soon since the holidays are just about here. There are some supplies you can use to help you out creatively so you can make cards you can take pride in. Some of these will be expected (pens, glitter) and others will be surprising, such as a die cutting system. Here are some things you should consider using when putting together your holiday cards this year.
1.) A rotary trimmer. Even if you’re working with store-bought elements such as stickers and appliques, it never hurts to have a good rotary trimmer on-handed. These devices makes it easy to quickly cut perfectly straight lines. There are even some trimmers that can do wavy lines which is a nice option to have when putting your cards together. You might also want to have a pair of scissors around for making circular cuts.
2.) A pouch laminator and laminating film. Pouch laminators are handy machines if you need to make a document more durable. They can also be used to add foil accents to your holiday cards for a high-class look. Laminating foil comes in some beautiful colors such as blue, purple, and green so you’ll be able to find the right hue no matter which holiday you’re celebrating.
3.) A scorer. Something that could come in really handy as you work on your cards is a scorer. This is simply a device that helps you crease thicker stocks (i.e. cardstock). You’ll find a device like this helpful if you end up using paper that isn’t already folded. (This will also give you some some creative freedom because you can use just about any type of paper you want. You won’t be limited to pre-folded paper.)
4.) A die cutting system. If you’d like to make your own appliques for your cards, you should think about getting a die cutting system. Some of the best ones are made by Xyron and they can help you make holiday-themed shapes that can really brighten up your work. With some machines, you can even print out letters so you’ll be able to beautifully spell out your holiday greetings.
5.) Pens, glitter, glue, and so on. Finally, you’re going to need a bunch of your typical crafting supplies on-hand to get the job done. Gather up a good supply of your favorite pens, adhesives, etc. Make sure to put some holiday tunes on your stereo or MP3 player and grab some hot chocolate to set the appropriate mood.
These items can help you make some of your best holiday cards yet. You’ll be surprised at how handy it is to have devices like a rotary trimmer, die cutting system, and scorer at your disposal, especially if you do crafts throughout the years. The laminator can not only help you attach foil to your creations, you can use it to protect your important paper documents and photographs. Consider getting some of these devices today to make your card-making sessions easier. Happy holidays!