I always make hand made Christmas cards for my family and friends, it shows that you care. They don't have to be complicated but I usually get carried away!
Use a firm cotton fabric as a base
Lay strips of fabric or Christmas ribbons on top of the fabric. Anchor the fabric or ribbons with straight stitching or fancy stitches using a variety of threads. Add additional stitching where required.
Cut the stitched fabric into a rectangle to represent a candle. Attach the rectangle to the card with a narrow strip of double sided sticky tape to anchor it and then stitch through the rectangle and the card using a medium width and medium length zigzag. Add a star for the flame.
This technique could also be used on a larger scale to make a spectacle or mobile phone case or even a small bag.