Every Christmas I decide I am not going to send any cards, and every Christmas I change my mind. It is getting so difficult to find cards I like - religious ones - and if I do find some, they are usually very expensive. This year I'm once again making my own. This is a very simple idea. It won't take long to make a huge stack of cards. And it won't cost a lot of money. Best of all, the cards look good (I hope you agree!)

I downloaded, from the Internet, a Madonna and Child image I like. I actually bought a high resolution image from the Awesome Art website, but I have experimented with images freely available on the Internet and they work too.



I printed off a page of images using glossy photographic paper. I decided to print 8 images on each A4 sheet.

Last year, I also printed off images for cards. I...
  • Cut out my images
  • Glued them onto coloured card stock 
  • Glued a message on the back of each one
  •  Punched a hole in the upper left-hand corner
  • Threaded a piece of curling ribbon through it
  • Tied the ribbon into a loop...

...Perfect for hanging on a Christmas tree.



I was going to do the same again this year, but then I had another idea...

Instead, I...
  • Cut out my images
  • Wrote a message on the back of each one
  • Laminated the images...


... Holy pictures perfect for using as bookmarks.

While I was experimenting with size, I printed a few sheets of 16 images per A4 sheet. I think I could use these as gift tags.




There are so many beautiful images of the Madonna and Child and the Holy Family. You could make a variety of cards. They don't all have to be the same.

Some additional ideas...

Of course, you could use your images to make conventional Christmas cards.

Christmas poems and prayers could also be printed onto paper and laminated to make book marks.



Hopefully my cards will find their way into books, and last a little longer than the Christmas season.

So it looks like I'm going to have plenty of Christmas cards this year, to send to my family and friends. Now all I have to do is make sure I actually post them...

PS I apologise for the poor quality of my photos. My bookmarks look a whole lot nicer than the photos suggest. I am sure you'll discover this if you make some Christmas card bookmarks of your own!


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  1. Dear Sue Elvis
    Such a great, simple idea. Like the famous egg of Columbus! Why did I not think of this. We have a sorry shortage of cards I like - yes, the religious ones - too, and we have been searchine hard every year.
    I'm off to find nice Holy Family/Madonna and Child pictures for a batch of cards to make with my childtren.
    Thanks!

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    1. Uglemor,

      I bought some beautiful Christmas cards online one year, but they cost a lot.

      I am so glad you liked my idea. I'm sure you'll find a suitable image. Perhaps you can post a photo on your blog of any cards you and your children make. I'd love to see them!

      God bless!

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  2. Oh my goodness this is brilliant! I wish I'd thought of this myself! LOL Nevermind, I will be READY to do this next year! Thanks for the great idea and your cards are beautiful!! :)

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    1. Susan,

      Sometimes simple ideas work really well. My photos are awful but you will see one of my cards in real life when it pops into your mailbox before Christmas.

      God bless!

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  3. Just wanted to tell you that I really like your idea and I think I'm going to do that with the kids this year. Thank you for sharing it! God Bless You!

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    1. Elizabeth,

      Let me know what image you use. I'd love to see some photos. Perhaps you could post some when you return to your blog at Christmas.

      God bless!

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