Instead of sending out store-bought Christmas cards to friends, coworkers and family members, create your own with craft materials like cardstock, fabric and embroidery floss. If you love the country look, use simple touches and techniques to give the handmade holiday cards a homespun feel. The colorful and eye-catching cards will not only convey your love and well wishes during the holiday season, but can also become festive decorations when displayed in rustic wood frames.
Use a stencil and tailor's chalk to trace a 3-inch-tall Christmas tree shape onto the back of a piece of fabric, such as a hunter green gingham, deep red plaid flannel or cream-colored linen. Use pinking shears to cut the shape out, giving the tree textured-looking edges and keeping the fabric edges from fraying.
Affix the fabric tree to the center of a 4-inch-square piece of tan cardstock with double-stick tape. Thread the two ends of a 2-inch-long piece of tan embroidery floss up through the two holes in a dark yellow, star-shaped button and tie the ends in a knot that rests on the front of the button. Affix the button to the top of the tree with adhesive dots.
Create a border around the tan cardstock with a needle and deep red embroidery floss. Using a ruler as a guideline, use the needle to poke holes spaced 1/4 inch apart all the way around the tan cardstock, 1/4 inch in from the side. Thread the needle with floss and do a simple running stitch by pulling the needle up through one hole, pushing down through the next and continuing the pattern until the border is complete. Knot the ends of the floss in back of the cardstock and snip the ends with scissors.
Attach the completed embellishment block to the center of a 5-inch-square, hunter green blank card with double-stick tape.
Cut a 4-inch-square piece of tan cardstock with pinking shears to affix inside the card with double-stick tape. Add a rubber-stamped image to the bottom-right corner of the tan cardstock with hunter green or deep red ink---consider a Christmas stocking, Santa Claus, present or sleigh image with a country feel.
Write your holiday message above the stamped image inside the card.