When you design holiday cards as part of what you do to make your living, there’s this pressure to make sure that your own don’t suck. The problem is, like the story of the cobbler and his kids’ shoes, finding time to create my own holiday cards is challenging during a busy work season focusing on designing cards for others. As if there’s not enough stress during the holidays.
This year, for my own family’s cards, I combined designs from two of my original Urban Bliss Holiday Cards: the Funky Blocks Die Cut Scalloped Edge Holiday Cards and the Merry & Bright Holiday Cards. Our design style is definitely more bold and loud and modern than traditional. We’re a happy, loud, creative house. While I love, love, LOVE the die-cut cards I offer now, I opted for traditional straight-edge cards. These are printed onto a shimmery pearl thick cardstock and I wish the photo showed the shimmer more.
Here’s the cover, with photos taken by the always amazing, lovely, talented Amy McMullen
The back of the card has a similar border with two different photos of the kids, and “CHEERS” with the letters in different colors.
And, because I’m a dork, I also tried my hand at making matching envelopes:
If you like these envelopes, I’ll have a FREE printable envelope template in my upcoming 12 Days of Freebies! Starting Monday, December 6th, I will be posting a new Urban Bliss design original printable template for you to use now and throughout the year! Yay for freebies!
So how do you go about choosing your holiday cards each year? Do you pick a theme? Take family photos? Or go photo-less and/or card-less? I love how every family and couple has their own traditions! What’s yours?