Supplies for making stamps
- Craft foam sheet
- Scrap pieces of cardboard
- Crayola brush markers
- Archival ink pad in two colours (or ink brayer and paint)
- Scrap paper or butcher paper (to protect your work surface)
Holiday mail art is the best: A beautifully decorated Christmas card envelope is a gift. But a long card list might make addressing your envelopes seem like a daunting task instead of a glorious way to spend the evening. So we asked Hallmark artists to come up with easy ways to create hand-lettered envelopes that won’t take you all season long.
Here are five different gorgeous, easy ways to make everyone on your list feel like your very favourite person. And we’ve added bonus tips—the easiest way to add an envelope liner and some DIY confetti ideas.
Pro tip: Invite your friends
“Wrap and yaps” are a thing, so why not have an arty party?
Check off two holiday to-dos in one crafternoon—catch up with pals and address your Christmas cards. Most important tip: Keep the treats non-messy and non-greasy so you don’t mess up your artwork. Snacks on sticks or toothpicks work great.
Free download: Envelope decorating tips
Want a little inspiration? Download these tips for decorating and lettering your envelopes from Hallmark artists. Practice your designs on scrap paper before you commit to an envelope—or pencil everything in before laying on the paint.
To leave the perfect space for an address:
If you’re just doing a few liners, follow the directions below. If you decide to make a whole bunch, make a template using chipboard or poster board (first three steps). Then trace the template onto the wrapping paper and follow the last two steps.
What’s a Christmas card party without confetti? We much prefer the giant kind, cut with paper punches from tissue paper. (Find the easiest DIY tips here.) Sprinkle a few pieces inside a card or use a glue stick to decorate the envelope. Circles are classic and perfect…but snowflakes or trees or other holiday icons would also be pretty great, too.
More pro tips to decorate Christmas cards and more
More envelope advice
- Need some inspiration for your decorated envelope? Just look at the card. You can doodle your own versions of patterns or illustrations, use a complementary colour palette or riff on the lettering style.
- If you’re using an odd-sized (square or vertical) envelope, make sure you’re using the right postage. Canada Post has all kinds of helpful hints for holiday mail.
- Make sure everything gets where it’s going (and answer those pesky etiquette questions) with our tips on addressing envelopes and getting titles right.
Everything else about holiday cards
- Need ideas for what to write in a Christmas card? You know we got you.
- We have tips for holiday letters, too.
And hints for displaying holiday cards
NOTE: All envelopes shown are decorated with made-up names and addresses so we don’t violate anyone’s privacy.