I make handmade Christmas Cards every year. It's tradition, and that's a good enough reason for most things in life, right? I usually design both my parents' cards and my own cards. I typically pick a more complicated design for my own cards, since I send out about 20 Christmas cards and they send out about....200. (Is that the generational difference talking? I simply don't have the addresses of a lot of people I know.)
Here are 2012's cards, 2013's cards, and 2015's. I wasn't in charge of family Christmas cards for 2014 because we were in China that year.
The thought procedure that goes into planning our card design involves just a few criteria:
1) No Santa or anything related to him. I'm not a fan, although I think The Santa Clause is hilarious. I just can't take Santa seriously.
2) No designs that are impossible to replicate at the required quantities. I've seen utterly gorgeous handmade Christmas cards--we will never attain to that level of beauty just because...we make 220 Christmas cards every year.
3) Choose some symbol to pattern the design around and make sure the symbol is very different between my mom's cards and mine so that no one confuses the two. For example, we can't both have Christmas tree cards the same year. That's too boring.
Now I'm unveiling this year's designs (here me out y'all, I'm just trying to make this sound awesome and super professional, okay?)
This line from this hymn seemed especially apt this year, and that's why I chose it for our card. Angel wants it to be noted that he highly disapproved of the wreath made of individual leaves because it was too complicated. What can I say? He's no artist.
My parents' card was a lot less time-consuming regarding lettering, and it only required three cut pieces, although cutting the fabric for the 'table' required more technical skill than some of our card-making crew possessed. Also, sticking the candle on straight was surprisingly difficult for some who shall remain nameless. And...Angel was caught purposely sticking the candle flame on upside down, claiming that he thought it looked better with an upside-down flame. Their card also features glitter, which, whenever my mom is involved, is always a bonus.
Do you send out Christmas cards? DIY, store-bought, or photo cards? Approximately how long is your list?