The annual holiday photo card is a tradition in our house, and we’ve (thankfully) graduated from a formal session to now using a candid shot from one of our camping adventures. I crop the photo in an interesting way, use the “I’m feeling lucky” option in Picasa to correct the lighting and color, and then order a simple, flat, and mailable photo card online.
But being the paper crafter that I am, you KNOW it just kills me to send out such a cheater of a holiday card, right? I’ve always justified it with the thought that if I didn’t do it simply it wouldn’t get done at all. Something is better than nothing.
This year, however, I’m trying something with a little more oomph to it. Without adding too much more time and effort to my holiday card assembly line (we send out over 100 each year), I made a hybrid version that isn’t going to kill me.
It’s a two-sided custom-printed postcard from MyPublisher.com, and I added some pleated ribbon and a few little pearls to the mistletoe up there in the upper right corner. And boy, were these easy – I’ve got 20 of them done already!
My secret to making this project quick and easy is an adhesive that I use over and over again for ribbon – Super Tape by Therm O Web. It’s high-tack so the ribbon sticks to it without moving, and it’s so easy to apply because of the red liner.
Because all of our cards are mailed (many of them to other countries), it was important that my embellishments were flat and didn’t create the need for additional postage or a special envelope. I’m kind of attached to those envelope liners and the printed return address that MyPublisher.com includes at no additional charge, you know?
Although I paid regular price for my cards, MyPublisher.com has extended a special offer just for Paper Crafts readers. Use this link http://www.mypublisher.com/papercraftsmag and you’ll get 20% off your order, plus 5 free cards, plus free shipping. And here’s the motivation to git ‘er done: the offer is only available until this Friday, November 18 at 11:59pm EST.
There are hundreds of designs for Christmas, holiday, winter, Hanukkah, and new year themes, plus many that can include four or more photos. I actually played around with a few designs before I settled on this one – I just put options on my “bookshelf” to compare side by side.
It feels great to be this far along on my annual holiday card project! Oh, and Mom? Pretend you haven’t already seen our holiday cards when yours arrives in a few weeks, okay?