I sort of have a reputation when it comes to the Christmas/Holiday cards I send out every year.
Or so I’m told.
You see, I’m a huge fan of paper pretties. I’m one of those people who can stand in the card aisle for hours looking for the perfect birthday card for a friend. So it should come as no surprise that, every year, I scour the Internet for unique cards.
Starting in October, I make it a point to find a card with a little something extra – an added sparkle here or a spinning ornament there. But this year I decided to try my hand at designing my own and I’m so happy I did!
I had bought several yards of canvas to make these lovely calendars as gifts, but grad school got in the way. I was sad and stuck with yards of canvas that I didn’t know if I’d ever use.
Then it hit me: Christmas Cards! Yep, I printed my cards on canvas this year. But not just that, I took it one step further and made the envelopes, too.
As one friend said after she received it in the mail: the card “did its job of making me feel inferior.” I guess operation make-my-own-cards was a success? 🙂
PS: Can you still call them cards if they aren’t printed on paper?
This is amazing!!
I’m attempting to tackle the calenders and you mentioned on design sponge that you have an available setup?
I’m looking for anything.. and after seeing your blog i’d definitley love any help/advice you have!
I’m so happy you found my blog! I’ve created a PDF calendar you can use for printing your calendars which you can find here: http://comp.uark.edu/~mvt001/elearning/pdfs/Calendar.pdf
Additionally, if you have an inkjet printer I would recommend printing directly on the canvas instead of using iron-on transfers. This was a tremendous time-saver for me! All you have to do is cut your canvas down to the size of letter paper (or what ever size your printer accepts) and iron freezer paper on the back of it. Then run it through your printer so that it prints on the canvas side. Seriously couldn’t be any easier.
I also used Google images to find simple drawings of the seasonal fruits and vegetables for the calendar. I then used a pencil and tracing paper to transfer the drawings onto the canvas. I’m hopeful that once I get a break from grad school I can finish mine, as all I have left to do is the needlework.
Good luck! Let me know if you need more tips!
Your cards are amazing! I think it was serendipitous that you didn’t finish the calendar and made such beautiful cards instead. You can always do the calendar next year, but I am sure the people you sent the cards to will treasure them for a long time.
Those cards deserve to be in an art museum!
Thanks for the calendar pdf! Found your blog via your comment on the design sponge calendar. Love the cards! I sympathize; I’m in grad school too. Hoping to get the calendars done – we’ll see!
I did not realize that the card was handmade. how did you do that? we were so careful when we opened it because it’s so pretty.