The Cards of Christmas’ Past

past holiday cardsI knew I kept those extra Christmas cards for a reason.

The other day, I sifted through handmade cards I had created as long as six or seven years ago. It was interesting to see how my designs and materials have changed since then, how my cards have improved and how my creativity had puckered out, in some cases.

Although these cards represent extras I made – or had forgotten to send to certain people – I figured why not reuse them to create something new?

First, I cropped the front of each card to avoid sloppy handwriting or messages I had written inside. Then, I pasted the design onto a new blank card that fits the envelopes I have on stock. cropping a card

I also used extra stamped pieces from one of the designs I created last year to quickly put together a few additional cards.

Christmas stamps

Yesterday I delivered my new Christmas creations to McKay Bricker Framing in downtown Kent to see whether they’d like to sell more of my cards this holiday season. I noticed a few of my other designs I had dropped off last month still sat on the shelves among dozens of other artists’ handmade cards, but the employee I talked to said he’d try to find an extra stand to display my Christmas cards alongside other holiday designs. The handmade card nerd in me is excited to have my own display stand.

Yet, the procrastinator in me has yet to start this year’s Christmas card collection. Surprised?

2008 Christmas card

Perhaps while I’m resting from multiple Turkey Day feasts next weekend I’ll gather the energy to get started. Until then, here’s to hoping more early bird Christmas card shoppers scope out the local scene these next few weeks for their 2012 holiday greetings – or early 2000s designs in disguise.

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