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Do you know what could be more pleasant than meeting the New Year? Prepare for it! It is she who creates a festive mood and anticipation of magic! Children are waiting for a miracle more than anyone else, so New Year's Eve with the family will remain a precious memory for them. Giving New Year cards is a surprisingly warm tradition! Make a magical postcard with your own hands, give it to your grandparents or friends and everyone's mood will become a little more New Year's!

We took everything apart and collected a lot of ideas from different masters. We chose ideas that are simple but beautiful, so that they can be easily implemented with children.

Content:

  • Tools and materials;
  • Principles of composition and color combination;
  • Step-by-step manufacturing algorithm;
  • Unusual ideas for creativity;
  • Sketches and postcard templates.

What might you need?

To make a postcard with your own hands, you do not need to have scrapbooking supplies. Even a minimal set of tools will allow you to create a pretty little thing. We have compiled a far from complete list of what may come in handy, but even if you only have scissors and a ruler, this is enough.

Tools:

  • scissors,
  • curly scissors;
  • glue stick,
  • dummy knife and mat,
  • ruler,
  • curly staplers and punchers,
  • double sided tape,
  • glue gun,
  • compass,
  • stamps,
  • colored gel pens, pencils, paints, markers.

A postcard can be decorated with completely different materials, but what you can't do without is paper. It can be scrapbooking paper, colored cardboard or a pattern printed on a color printer.

In secret: the author of this article collects beautiful cardboard boxes (from cosmetics and other things), various ribbons, ribbons and interesting things throughout the year, so that later he can use them for creativity with a child. Her husband calls her a hoarder, but she believes that this is not so :)

Here are the materials you can use:

  • colored paper or colored cardboard, scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, etc.
  • crepe paper, translucent tracing paper;
  • buttons, beads, sequins;
  • ribbons, ropes, braid, lace;
  • felt, colorful pieces of fabric;
  • plastic eyes for characters;
  • plain unpainted cardboard;
  • sisal, thread, twine;
  • foil or silver tape;
  • colored duct tape;
  • old purchased postcards;
  • glitters and bests;
  • baking sleeve (for transparent windows inpostcards).

In general, all sorts of different materials :)

Composition principles and color combinations

To make a card that “holds the eye”, use the following principles when creating it:

  • select the center of the composition: the place where the main decorative element will be located;
  • do not scatter elements over the entire area of the postcard, do not try to fill the entire space;
  • try to come up with a common idea and combine it by theme, color and style in one postcard.

As for the combination of colors, it is better to use colors that are the same in temperature and saturation.

The saturation of a color is how close it is to white.

For example, imagine a new red T-shirt. Now imagine the same T-shirt after 50 washes. In the latter case, its color will be less saturated.

If you chose delicate pastel colors for the New Year card, then the number of bright details should be minimal (one or two, or even you can do without them). If you chose bright, contrasting colors, then feel free to use them as the main colors of the product.

Color temperature is a conditional division of color into cold and warm. The same red can be cold or warm. Use either cold or warm shades in one composition.

And below in the photo is a selection of traditional New Year's palettes.

To get betterUse the color wheel to navigate the combination of colors. The diagram below (on the right) shows the most successful combinations. As you can see, red and green are on opposite sides of the color wheel. That's why they match so well.

Step-by-step manufacturing algorithm

So, the materials are selected, the tools are ready: you can start!

  1. Determine the size of the base (A5 size is best - an A4 sheet folded in half, but you can make the base of any size).
  2. Thinking over an idea, a palette.
  3. Thinking over the arrangement of elements and decor.
  4. Preparing elements (cut out, paint).
  5. Fix them to the base.
  6. Decorate.

Christmas card ideas from different materials

Click to enlarge the picture, they all open.

Buttons are an affordable material that makes it easy to create an image of a Christmas tree, Christmas ball or Christmas wreath.

Christmas trees made of paper. Making such a card for the New Year is very simple: cut out a triangle, stick it on and you're done! If there is no colored paper, don't worry: make a base or Christmas tree from unpainted packaging cardboard, decorate it with beads - you get a vintage postcard.

Original idea: make a window in the shape of a Christmas tree, then the bottom layer of paper will be visible through it.

Volumetric decor is easy to make by gluing paper tubes or “several layers of a Christmas tree” onto the base with a ladder. Stars, beads, sequins and ribbons will be a great decoration for a paper tree.

If you want the decor to be at a distance from the base, attach it with double-sided construction tape (or special scrapbooking pads). The tape has a thickness of 2-3 mm. This is enough to create a similar effect.

Use of textile materials. Felt, knitted decor, pompoms, satin ribbons and lace - this is an incomplete list of textiles for creating New Year's cards.

A small master class on using a satin ribbon.

Snowflakes, Christmas balls, gifts, sweets, candles and animals are cute little inhabitants of paper space. Choose what you like best! For 2023 the Rabbit, you can draw or glue the muzzle of the symbol of the year - a cute Rabbit!

Create a base of an unusual shape: in the form of a cup of coffee, a New Year's house or a gingerbread man - it's really unusual and interesting! A child will not hesitate to bring such a postcard to an exhibition in a school or kindergarten.

Templates and sketches

In order not to puzzle over the composition of a New Year's card, there are many templates (so-called sketches) that show a schematic arrangement of elements. In the photo below - a postcard made according to this template and a few sketches.

Sketch Collection

New Year lettering

Another trick you can use: print on black and white or color paperbeautiful inscriptions and use them as an element of decor. Here are some options for lettering (all inscriptions are on a transparent background).

We hope this article was useful for you, and you and your children have enough simple and quick ideas to create a small DIY Christmas masterpiece.

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