Shellie, over at CraftBits, offers lots of great stuff, like this. The link for the directions is here.
I found that by clicking on the drawing/template, around the head or body, the box comes up with the option to either print or save. I'd suggest you print on plain paper, just as it is, once, first, to get an idea of the size. But also save the image. That way, you can then enlarge it as she suggests.
You can easily use plain colored cardstock and then trim with stickers or other embellishments. Or, to save time and time is really short right now, use whatever fancy scrapbooking paper you have around. If you have Christmas-y gift bags or heavier wrapping paper, those too, might work Make it as easy as possible on yourself. You can always do the fancy trimmings next year for another project because this one's a keeper.
From the saved image, you might play with putting two images on one sheet, to avoid waste.
For other projects in my series, just look along the right sidebar for the label "Christmas Gift Projects." I hope to post only tips that do not require knitting, crocheting, machine sewing, tatting, embroidery, or any other skilled technique.