Ever since we’ve seen the movie “Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean“, we know about the British tradition to hand postcards along a long cord in your room or put them on the mantelpiece. However we also know the end of that story with Mr. Bean – he had to put a few cards in his own mailbox in order to be able to put up a Christmassy setting. The year 1992 might have been easier because of the lack of PCs and smartphones. In today’s time we don’t usually take the time to use pen and paper. Instead we send Christmas greetings via mail or even messenger. But any one of you knows the wonderful feeling when between invoices and advertisement stuff there is a little Christmas card with a nice picture on the front. With our ideas for Christmas mailings from all around the blogging world, we want to bring back this nice tradition! There is still enough time this weekend to make one card or two and send them to the people you love most. Maybe they can open them on Christmas Eve or it will sweeten up their Christmas morning!
Three years ago we already did a whole feature about Christmas Cards and a whole sisterMAG Christmas issue (sisterMAG N°5). Back then Thea teamed up with Donaville Herrick and her good friend Anna Schmalfuß to work on a trend guide for Christmas cards. This brings you to many great Online Shops where you can buy the cards. However it also shows how versatile card design can be: from little paitings to paper cutouts and pure typography.
Click here to see our Christmas Cards Trend Guide.
Brittany from The House That Lars Built made her own Christmas cards with Modify Ink. A nice illustration is the best to give classic family pictures right frame. You can even order her Jolly Holiday Design in the shop. However they also have a range of other designs to choose from.
Foto © Laura Sumrak
Kimla Designs works on your Photoshop Skills, however you can also find great freebies. One of the six modern and minimalistic designs must be right for you! You can simply download them (and maybe this is also an idea for a gift tag?)!
They want to save letters from becoming extinct. That is the self-avowed goal of the founders Donovan and Kathy of Letter Writers Alliance. The two write a wonderful blog with many interesting stories around letters and letter-writing, but you can also find freebies and a whole community to find your perfect penpal.
sisterMAG interviewed them before and you can read the complete interview here.
Food photographer Claudia Gödke is not only a good friend of sisterMAG, who has created countless food stories for the magazine – whether it is Matcha recipes, milk pictures or cakes for Christmas – Claudia has photographed everything! One of her Christmassy pictures always gets printed on a postcard and sent out to clients an friends. You should definitely follow her blog and doings on Instagram, because she sometimes has free give-aways (especially on Facebook). This year she teamed up with ellijot.de to create a lovely mailing with a recipe book. They even created a website for the tutorials and downloads!
We have to thank the Deutsche Post (and actually all the post offices in the world) that they deliver our letters. Luckily the German post made a great Christmas edition of their stamps. The sisterMAG office got a whole batch of their “Give joy” collection. The Christmas stamp of 2015/2016 was illustrated by Regina Kehn. You can find a comprehensive table of the German post and can check whether your letters will still arrive in time.
Scrapbooking – that is the artistic way of collaging and putting together pieces of paper (so called scraps). It is often used as a technique for photo albums, however you can use it for your Christmas cards as well. All the materials you can find in any good craft shop. We found this tutorial from Natalie Elphinstone for a card with a little ice bear from the Arctic sphere. You can fin it over at her Studio Calico..
Washi Tape is a DIY trend that is just not going away. You can find quite cheap alternatives in a sheer endless variety of forms and patterns. Molly Mo is a Mommy and DIY blog of the Irish graphic designer Michelle McInerney. There we found these sweet DIY Washi Tape Winter cards and printables. With a little bit of time you can easily draw the faces on blanc postcards and add the washi tape scarfs.