My 2013 Holiday Cards
Every year for my holiday cards, I usually wait until the last minute. I'm literally ordering my cards the week before Christmas (so glad my printer has quick turnaround service!). This year I knew I wanted to get ahead of the game and go handmade. Was I crazy? Probably.
As usual, I perused blogs, favorite paper vendors, and Pinterest to find my inspiration. I have long loved the business card confetti packs Melanie of You Are My Fave made, so it was a no brainer when I stumbled across the cards that Maggie Holmes made last year. This was it!
So first, I went to order prints of Nico. I think I have put him in my cards every year since I got him, so this year was no different.
Obviously, the photos above aren't the ones I used for the cards, but I wanted to show you the mini prints I ordered through Prinstagram by SocialPS. You can get 48 of these mini cards for $15, so I ordered 25 of the Nico photo I wanted from my Instagram feed, and the rest were random pics I wanted to save for a future craft project (as seen above). Aren't they so cute? They're pretty much the size of a business card and they are of great quality.
They arrived very quickly in the mail, too! I highly recommend them for Instagram prints. They also have prints in various sizes as well as a ton of other gifts. This recommendation is not sponsored - I just dig 'em. :)
Putting everything together was fun but it involved a lot of steps. I used gold polka dot washi tape from Paper Source to decorate the card, and a gold Sharpie pen to write on the front and back of cards. The backs all have different messages but they all say "happy holidays!" on the front.
I then put each card into these glassine envelopes and threw in assorted confetti. The snowflakes and gold circles can be bought at any craft store and I made the red stars and little teal flowers with craft punches and paper that I had laying around. I then sealed the glassine envelopes with the same gold washi tape, and tied red and white baker's twine around the envelope. Like a gift!
After the cards were assembled, I addressed all my envelopes. I decided to go with plain white envelopes since I seemed to have a billion, so may as well use what I've got, right? I also decided to address the envelopes in calligraphy so there were a lot of errors. I figured that I had a ton of envelopes so I could waste through a bunch if I made any mistakes. This is why I'm not ready to offer envelope addressing as a service. It's not perfect!
Once the envelopes were addressed to my version of perfect, I lined the envelopes with red wrapping paper which I stamped with white snowflakes. Last week I shared a tutorial on how to line envelopes.
Finally, I used my calligraphy stamp to put my address on the back of all cards, sealed the flap, and then added some more gold washi tape.
They turned out exactly the way I was hoping them to and I had fun putting this together, despite all the work involved.
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