Hobbies Handmade Christmas Cards

Published on November 22nd, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Add that extra special personal touch and make your own Christmas cards this year. All the family can get involved and there is no better way of saying “Merry Christmas” to loved ones close to home and far away.

Why We Send Christmas Cards

first Christmas card

The tradition of sending Christmas cards began in Victorian times. In 1843, a civil servant, Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first Christmas cards with illustrations by John Callcott Horsley.

2,050 cards were printed and sold for a shilling. Cole was also the man who introduced the Penny Post and the first postage stamp, the Penny Black three years before.

Early cards depicted scenes of flowers, children, animals and even fairies, rather than religious or winter scenes. The production of Christmas cards continued to grow and lithograph printing enabled large volumes to be manufactured and sold.

In 1913, Hallmark Cards was founded, and they created more personalised cards. These cards became more popular during World War One as a way of sending Christmas greetings to soldiers.

Despite the growth of e-cards and social media, Christmas cards still make up half the volume of greeting card sales in the UK. Receiving a card with a hand written message is still a very special way of showing someone you care.

Making Your Own Christmas Cards

handmade Christmas cardsMaking your own Christmas cards doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, simple card designs are often the most striking. Some simple shapes and designs include:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Father Christmas
  • Christmas Stocking
  • Gift Box
  • Baubles
  • Holly
  • Stars
  • Candy Canes
  • Snowman

Xerox has a wide selection of coloured cards and papers including the Xerox Symphony Card and Xerox Symphony Coloured Paper. This high quality card and paper provides the perfect backdrop for your collages, prints and glitter strewn creations. In particular, the Xerox A4 Symphony Pastel Card in Blue is ideal for creating a winter wonderland background. The symphony card and paper range is also suitable for use with laser and inkjet printers.

You can also add some glitz with the gold, silver and bronze Sharpie Metallic Fine Permanent Markers for your Christmas card messages.

Christmas Card Fact

Going back to that very first Christmas card, devised by Sir Henry Cole. In 2001, one of these original cards was sold at auction for £22,250.

Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016

Once you have made your Christmas Cards, don’t forget to take a look at the Last Posting Dates for Christmas information. It contains all the details you need to make sure your cards and parcels in time to arrive for Christmas Day, home and abroad.

Looking for Some Christmas Gift Ideas?

Christmas box

Our Christmas Shop is packed full of the essential items you need to make your Christmas celebrations run smoothly.

If you are looking for some Christmas gift buying inspiration, take a look back at our Christmas gift buying guides:

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Kids

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Her

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Him

Top 10 Stocking Fillers

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