Send Nerdmas Cheer with Handmade Cards (Moderate)

Sorry I didn’t post anything on Wednesday. I haven’t been feeling well this week, and Wednesday was my worst day. To make up for my absence, I have been hard at work making these awesome nerdy-inspired Christmas cards for this week’s tutorial! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some of the cards I have made already. Now, I’ll show you the process!

Guaranteed to be unique and memorable, these handmade Christmas cards are completely customizable. You can portray any fandom of your choosing, and wow your recipients. Why have boring Christmas cards when you can make one-of-a-kind creations? Excited now? Good. You should be! Let’s get started.

From your utility belt, you’ll need: 

  • Cardstock (various colors)
  • Tape runner or mounting tape for crafts
  • Gel pens or fine tip markers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Templates


Step 1 

Print off some templates of the image you would like to portray on your Christmas card. Cut out the image and trace it onto a piece of cardstock using a pencil.

Step 2 

Cut out the cardstock shape. Pro tip: always trace and cut your shape out on the reverse side, or the “ugly” side of the cardstock sheet. That way, you’ll have a nice, clean “pretty” side to display on the card. Once you have cut out the shape, set  it aside.

Step 3 

Measure out the dimensions for the card on a piece of cardstock. If you want to skip this step, you can purchase pre-made blank cards. Just make sure the cards and cardstock shapes fit together.

Step 4 

If you have gel pens or markers, add some decorations to the card or the cardstock shape. For Loki’s helmet, I added gold highlights. Also, if you so choose, you can also cut out or add any holiday imagery to the card or the shape. I cut out a Santa hat from cardstock.

Step 5

Taking the tape runner, apply the adhesive to the ugly side of the cardstock shape. Stick the shape onto the card.

Step 6 

Now, taking a plain colored cardstock sheet, like ivory, cream, or white, measure out a square or rectangle for the message section of the card. I measured mine to be about a quarter inch shorter from the actual card’s dimensions on each side.

Step 7 

Lightly mark out your text on this piece of cardstock with a pencil and a ruler. Once you’ve traced out your message, fill in with a marker or gel pen. Erase the pencil markings.

Step 8 

Apply adhesive onto the flip side of the message card. Stick to the inside of the Christmas card.

Step 9 

Prop that sucker up and admire your work. Then you should probably mail it out. But, either way, you’re done!

The best part about this craft is it’s range of customization. You can make literally any fandom-themed card. Make them even more Christmasy by using red and green.

I made Star Trek cards, superhero cards, and an adorable Sailor Moon card. This is a time consuming, yet fun craft to do.


Show me your own nerdy Christmas card creations by entering them in Nerd•ily’s First Ever Giveaway Extravaganza! Just follow me on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, snap a picture, post it, and use #nerdilygiveaway to enter. It’s that easy! Deadline for all entries is December 18th. You could win one of two Star Wars prize packs! So get crafty and start snapping those pictures!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy says:

    You did such an awesome job with these – love them!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadie says:

    These are so cute. I hope I can get myself better together this next year, so I have time to do stuff like this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thanks! Yeah, they are time consuming. But they’re fun!


  3. Mandy says:

    These are fantastic! LOVE the Riker one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mckelodeon says:

      Thank you! He got special paper for his luscious beard.

      Liked by 1 person

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