Some people make elaborate handmade individual cards for each person on their Christmas card list. Even though I LOVE sending holiday cards, I'm not one of those people.
One way I can still add a handmade touch to my cards is to use a kit to make holiday cards. It was also a great way to learn how to assemble cards and see some design principles in action when I was a new papercrafter.
It also helped me figure out that my style was more clean and simple after making some overly embellished cards - it's a great way to try out new techniques as well.
I've used kits from Basic Grey, Little Yellow Bicycle, and American Crafts. Most of them include all of the paper pieces to make the card, the envelopes, and sometimes flat embellishments like stickers or rub-ons.
I don't always make the cards exactly as written in the instructions, and I add sparkly bits from my own supply stash to embellish them - adhesive gems, enamel dots, washi tape, holiday-themed rub-ons. This gives me some creative freedom, while the kit helps me stay on track time- and design-wise.
This year I'll be using some kits from American Crafts and Stampin' Up, and adding our own photo to the front. I'm planning to start this weekend, maybe with a little help from the resident 5-year-old, who is quite an expert at placing adhesive gems!