If you haven’t gotten your holiday cards out, it’s still early. You have time. Grab a box or two of Santa’s reindeer clearing the rooftops, include a quick handwritten “Happy Holidays; Wish I was there/you were here” and get ‘em in the mail. You’re done. Not so fast you say. This year may be the year I make my own. Maybe. But you’ve been saying that since 1992. Last year, as in years past, you found yourself, at the eleventh hour, at Walgreen’s, trying to match that pale green snowflake envelope to the last Hallmark card suitable for your mother-in-law.
This year, with some help, and a little inspiration, you might actually make those cards and in the mail before your neighbors dismantle their holiday decorations! The titles suggested here run the gamut from traditional to inventive creations. Some are just right for big ideas but not too much experience or craft background. Some will require more supplies, time, and expertise than you have to invest just now. But, hopefully, you’ll find one or two titles that will make this the year you make your own! No more Walgreen’s at the eleventh hour in 2012!
Papercrafts for Christmas by Judy Balchin and Polly Pinder go all out! These are projects for dyed in the wool crafters. Beading, stitching, embossing, yarning, glass, and silk painting. From the stitched stocking card to embossed motifs, these are ambitious! Next year, perhaps.
If your style leans toward an elegant but minimalist approach, take a look at Designing Handcrafted Cards by Claire Sun-Ok Choi. Paper quilling and cut outs include motifs for a Christmas tree, Christmas Star, and a Poinsettia.
Want your holiday cards to do a little dance? Cards that Pop Up, Flip, & Slide by Michael Jacobs, will have you spinning! How about a postal wreath card, a stand-up card, or for something very different, a triptych card! Imagine the fun on the other end — Yours will certainly stand out!
175 Fresh Card Ideas byKimber McGray are for the ambitious. A terrific collection of ideas, however, and coverage of birthdays, other holidays, special days, as well as those for seasonal greetings. Step by step, maybe more than is needed for beginners.
Greeting Card Magic with Rubber Stamps includes holiday inspiration. Again, perhaps more process than you want to pursue this holiday season if you are a beginning crafter. Certainly keep it mind for next year. And avoid that Walgreen last minute rush.
Homemade Christmas by Tina Barseghian brings us down to earth. “Kid friendly” projects can make quick work of felt card, collage, or rubber stamp creations. The sheer simplicity of these little cards make them a winner for time-hungry adults.
Diane Maurer-Mathison in the Handcrafted Letter reminds us that although there is nothing like the personal greeting of a holiday card, there is also nothing as wonderful as getting a personal note tucked inside. Be it short or long, you know the receiver will savor it. You may wish to combine a piece of artwork or include a poem. You may also wish to send these as the holiday greeting itself! Why not!
Most of these titles give not only instructions for making the cards but also the envelopes. Now you will have solved that dilemma too. Foraging at the eleventh hour is no fun. Making these handcrafted cards will be, guaranteed!