Monday, December 15, 2014

4 steps to transform Dollar Store bulk Christmas cards

Hi everyone!  So I was at the Dollar Store and to my surprise I saw they sell boxed Christmas cards.  15 cards with envelopes for $1!  AND they were cute!  I thought they'd be perfect as the foundation for some mass production cards I needed for my neighbors, mail lady and my boys' teachers.

So in 4 easy steps they went from cheap and ordinary to super fun and cute!  I know they aren't my fancy elegant (read: time consuming) cards, but I save those for my family and close friends.  I needed 7 cards ASAP and these turned out pretty darn cute!

Here is how they started out.  Not too bad, I like the generic "Seasons Greetings" with traditional Christmas colors and images.
  Step 1:
- Trim the front of the card to 4 3/4" x 3 3/4", set aside the inside sentiment to be die cut later

Step 2:
- Cut white cardstock into A2 size card bases (I needed 7)

Step 3:
- Die cuts
I wanted to add interest to my card base, so I used my Gold Rectangles One die set and embossed a mini checkered border pattern.
I chose Holiday Trees and Layered Poinsettia for embellishments and a variety of label shapes to cut the inside sentiment.  With my Grand sized cutting plates, I can just about complete 2 cards in one pass!
Step 4:
- Glue down the card front and embellishments
I made each card a little different because I am NOT wired to make them exactly the same.  I tried.

Here are the other basic supplies I used to spruce up the cards.  I kept this REALLY simple so I could get things done quickly!  Some stickles, baker's twine, scrap gold mirror cardstock and gold embellishments.
Here is how they turned out.  I will note that at first I was doing my embossing wrong -duh! As you can see in the step 3 picture, I placed the gold embossing rectangle onto a cutting plate instead of embossing mat.  It took me two times, each wondering why it was cutting the cardstock before I figured it out, lol!  You can see the cards below with cut parts instead of embossed borders.  Oh well, adds interest I guess!
 Here's the inside, isn't it COOL how the embossing goes all the way through to the inside?  It frames things perfectly!! (Sorry for the shadows, I turned off one of my lights for this pic so you could see the embossing better.)
Thanks for stopping by and here's a close up pic.
Card Deets:   
Spellbinders Dies:
S4-402 2013 Holiday Trees, S5-055 Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities®, S4-411 Gold Rectangles One Nestabilities®
Cardstock: White cardstock; glitter cardstock scraps; gold mirror cardstock scraps
Other Supplies: Green Stickles, Green/white baker's twine; Gold Candi embellishments
Adhesive: Tombow USA Mono Multi liquid glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares    
NOTE: You can also find Spellbinders dies at the The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


  1. Love it. They really turned out pretty. I cant tell you how many cuts my base plate have because I faced the die the wrong way, Duh. I save interesting scenes off Christmas cards I receive to use later on cards.

  2. Wow these are so sweet thanks for sharing this great idea .

  3. I may have to resort to this idea for my neighbors, Michelle! I think these cards turned out very nicely.

  4. Great transformation! I love it!

  5. Fantastic cards Michelle. Love the way you altered the $1 cards. Now I want to run out and buy some... and that poinsettia die... and the rectangle dies. :)

  6. Yay.....another person who redoes cards!!!

    I always keep the commercially made cards I receive to remake them. I save my special ones....yes,my time consuming ones...for family and special friends (and posting on my blog!) and use my remade ones for others and last-minuters! These are some wonderful ideas to inspire me further!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com