Rose: Christmas Cards

For the past six years (wow, has it really been that long?) I have been making handmade Christmas cards. The idea sparked when I was in graduate school studying bookmaking and creative writing. I decided to put my skills to the test and made a few booky cards for friends and family. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the cards from years past. So I am trying to document it now. This year’s card focus was simple but elegant: trees with a 3-dimensional twist.

I got the idea after attending a cardmaking night at the Paper Source in town. While this wasn’t one of the cards we made, another crafter at the store had some up with a similar design. What I liked about it was its simplicity. By using different shades for the trees, you can create an interesting layered look. Making one of the trees 3D gives it a little pop, too. I made all elements of the card by hand. I punched out nearly 300 trees and enough background paper for nearly 100 cards. I glued everything down and added stickles glitter at the end (that gave it a nice pop). And I embossed a Merry Christmas onto the front. I alternated between red and green backgrounds. (Note: While one of these trees is brown, most of them were a shiny gold. I ran out by the end).

I also sent a few special cards (one being to my mother, which is not included below. Sent it before I could snap the photo). The middle and right cards were made at the craft night. I came up with the first card thanks to some leftovers from another project.

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I might like the design with the snowflakes best of all — and I only made 3 copies of that one! I ended up running out of cards and needed some for my coworkers, so I whipped these together. Not to spoil the surprise, but I might make this version next year … I love it!

Do you make or send cards?

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