I don't know about you, but I find cards can be very expensive and the cost can add up, especially with the amount of birthday parties my girls go to each year.
Instead of spending $5.00 on a card we enjoy making them and that extra money then gets put into the gift. Besides I find that handmade cards mean a lot more as some effort that has gone into them. We also have fun with the wrapping paper, but that's another story.
For our Christmas cards I used watercolour paper which I tore up into the size that I wanted. I like the look of the rough edges and these ones are on the cute small size at 8cm x 8cm.
I used inexpensive watercolour paint to make a green swirl, once it was dry I then made tree like shapes with a fine brush, and to finish them off I put a drop of red paint on a a branch for a simple tree ornament.
I did these at night so please excuse shabby photo's.
With help from the girls we then cut out of old magazines a piece of paper that once folded would fit our cards.
A strip of double sided tape at the top, a plain sticker on the front for the address, then the sides were stitch on my machine and the task was completed. A tin of cards handmade with recycled envelopes awaiting to be written on.