'Tis the season for holiday cards, and although it may be fun to receive mail that isn't bills, sometimes I think these can cause the most stress within the holiday season. Everyone, especially my mom, seems to always be stressed about figuring out exactly what is going on the Christmas card, who to send to and if she should write an entire letter to accompany said card. Not only that, but the whole thing becomes a bit pricey with using a photographer, printing and stamps and if you are part of social media most likely you are pretty up-to-date. Of course, I too love to receive Christmas cards from friends and family near and far of everyone with big smiles, but for those that are close I honestly don't send them anything. I try to focus on writing 8-12 notes to those who I love that I haven't seen or spoken to in a while and spend time hand writing them a note. I have done all sorts of Christmas cards from making them myself to buying them offline. Of course, at the end of the day it really isn't about cards at all, but simply passing the spirit of the holidays on to those you love.
This year, I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I want to sketch our home to share with those we love and add a touch of Christmas sparkle to the black and white line drawing. Below you can see just the beginnings of the process, including adjusting the proportions and taping to my computer to backlight for tracing. It isn't all quite worked out yet, but I plan on cutting the cards from paper I already have and ordering some beautiful A2 red or gold envelopes from Paper Source. I know it seems a bit much, but I enjoy doing it and really it is the thought that counts, so check out a few of my favorite already made cards that if I wasn't crazy would be using this year!
- This one from Bespoke Letterpress may be my favorite one. How can you not love the details with all the woodland animals and just a touch of gold to make it festive! I might even go ahead and buy them for next year, especially if they go on sale...
- As expected, Rifle Paper Co. has some beautiful holiday cards again this year, and this 12 Days of Christmas is no exception and just in case you want to break out in song, the lyrics are printed on the back.
- This sketch of a NYC brownstone was my inspiration for my home sweet home sketch. Since I don't live in NYC, I thought it would be fun to do my own version. You can find the original at ScoutMob with a collection of other options.
- Maybe I just have a thing for woodland creatures and greenery, but this sweet fox all curled up couldn't be more perfect for the holidays. An artist from ScoutMob created this beauty!
- An all time favorite for sure, and was my holiday cards from last year, this set has a variation of 4 types each a bit different, but all beautiful and wintery! These are by the lovely House that Lars Built. I have a few left, so I may find a reason to use them sooner or later. They aren't going to waste that's for sure!
- If you want something that is a little less traditional and doesn't necessarily scream Christmas, this is the card for you from Hello Letterpress. Delicate gold foil details make this one extra special for sure.
- I have a personal affection for all things Nutcracker, probably because I danced it for so many years, but this set from Rifle Paper Co. is extra special to me. If you prefer, it is offered as just a set of 8 in the nutcracker, but you can't have the Nutcracker without Clara and the Mouse King!
- More than anything this year we need peace worldwide and there is no better time to spread this message than at the holiday season. With the soft blue and white, the "Peace on Earth" card really embodies the essence of peace and hopefully passes on the message to one more person in the world.
- A little more glamorous and fun, these gold cards just scream happiness. Who couldn't smile when you receive one of these in the mail?! These ones are a bit more pricey because of the gold foil, but if you have a short list it might be worth the splurge.
- And if you really just can't make holiday cards happen before all the celebration is over, this card is perfect for bringing in 2016! Kate Spade doesn't let us down with one of my favorite things - "Pop, Fizz, Clink!" It doesn't matter when you send the card, the recipient will smile no matter what!
Hope everyone takes just a few moments to write a special note to at least one person. I promise it will put a smile on both your faces. It doesn't take long, so enjoy the spirit of the holidays and spread the cheer! And I will take as many holiday cards as you want to send me!