Quick, Easy Christmas Cards from a Michaels Kit

I decided to go the easy route for Christmas cards this year, and buy a kit to make them come together more easily and cheaply. I found this kit at Michaels recently and, with my coupon, it only cost $8.50. You get 18 cards and envies, so only 47 cents per card is pretty dang good, I think.

The kit comes packaged very nicely, in this cute little box. It’s empty here….sorry, I forgot to take photos BEFORE I started..oops.


You get 6 sets/styles of cards, with 3 in each set. There are samples on the back of the box showing how you can assemble the cards, and everything is packaged to make that very easy to do….NO guesswork whatsover. Then again, you are free to mix and match or put the cards together your own way if you like.


I think the artwork is cute and unique. The messages are light-hearted and sweet. There are six different sentiments to go inside….here they are laid out on my desk. I added a quick dot of a coordinating color of Stickles glitter glue on the four corners of each one to give it a little pizzazz.


Okay, is it just me or whenever you say the word “pizzazz,” do you just want to break out some jazz hands right when you say it? Like, “Pizzazz” … jazz hands! I can’t help it. Both of my hands instantly starburst themselves into the air. “Pizzazz!” Wha? Oh, what is that you’re saying? … Oh, crap. You wouldn’t be caught dead doing something so “Glee”-ish, even in the privacy of your own home? And it IS just me? Wow. Major wake-up call, dude. Thanks.

Ah, okay, back to the Christmas cards….

One thing that’s really cool about these is almost every embellishment is pop-dotted already. So the cards have that 3-D look to them, and you didn’t even have to waste your own pop dots to get it. Sweeeeee-tuh!


I also inked the edges of a few of the elements…for instance…


and on the back of every card, it’s pre-printed with the “Handmade for you by…” thingee, so I stamped my name in a color-coordinated ink. I have 2 fairly new sets of Cats Eye CHALK INK queues from Michaels (love me some coupons!) so it was fun to use them on this…metallic blues, greens, reds from one set, and gold and copper from another set.


I got these cards about 90% done on Friday night…it took under 2 hours. I was running on fumes after a long week, so I was glad it was so easy-peasy. No brain cells required.

Here is the finished product, front and back, one of each of the 6 designs.


Just the fronts…


Pretty cute, huh? {Why, yes, I CAN say that! I’m not bragging, since I didn’t design them…I merely “assembled” them, much like one of Santa’s elves assembles toys….sheesh, don’t be a hater! I’m like an elf here, just trying to spread some goddamn Christmas joy!}

Since this kit only made 18 cards and I send out 40-50, I’m going to be on the lookout for another kit like this. I also got some “free” clear envelopes to re-use :)


What are you doing for Christmas cards this year? None, store bought, from a kit, digital/photo cards, or totally handmade? Would love to hear about what you’re doing and feel free to post a link if you’ve started them already :)

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9 Comments on Quick, Easy Christmas Cards from a Michaels Kit

  1. CKReader
    November 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Geez, you crack me up!

    These cards are absolutely adorable.

  2. Julie
    November 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm (5 years ago)

    You crack me up too!!! LUV It!

  3. susan
    November 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm (5 years ago)

    That’s just what I needed after a long day at work! Comedy relief – Thanks, Erika!

  4. Mustangkayla
    November 16, 2009 at 9:36 am (5 years ago)

    Those are cute! I’m going the cheap and easy route. I’m hopefully going to get a family picture done soon and then will alter it somehow in a photo program to add a greeting and then print them off for 10 cents a piece at our local photo shop!

  5. Jingle
    November 16, 2009 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

    Erika…I will do Jazz Hands with you. I promise. I’m a proud Gleek! LOL!

  6. Linette
    November 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm (5 years ago)

    If you are interested in cards with a totally different look, check out this kit from Anna Griffin: http://www.annagriffin.com/kitclub.html.

    I’m not making my cards this year. Life is just too busy. I bought some really cute cards at Family Bookstores instead.

    I have several gifts to make for Christmas. One of the advertisers in the paper has a countdown to Christmas. I cringe every day when I see that ad.

  7. Tina Sawyers
    November 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm (5 years ago)

    You are so funny, girl! By the way, I am so “borrowing” this idea. And, I am making my girls help! Thanks for the idea. Now I have no kit guilt (sometimes I have suffered from this in the past). I love KITS!!!!!

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