Handmade Holiday: Christmas Cards + Wrapping Presents
Only 10 days until Christmas (9 if you don't count today) and I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself. Some things I'm looking forward to Christmas morning are a hot cup of coffee with some Eggnog French Toast followed by lunch with our immediate and extended family during the day. Until then, I'm getting in the spirit by hand making our Christmas cards this year.
This isn't the first time I've decided to hand make greeting cards. I've done it for almost every major occasion including my wedding and baby shower invites. It's something that I find strangely relaxing and I also like to think that it makes my loved ones feel even more loved when they get their "custom" made cards.
For this year's card I used a pine tree stamp with the “Silvery Shimmer” pigment ink by Delicata. The “Merry Christmas” stamp is in the shade “Noir” by Stampabilities. The silver looked nice on its own, but I felt like it needed a little extra definition to get the effect I was going for, so I filled it in using a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (black) and a Pilot gold paint marker. You should know, I’m pretty committed once I have an idea in my head of what I want something to look like, even if it means spending a good 15 minutes tediously filling in the gaps of a Christmas tree stamp…
Once the card dried and I filled in my message on the inside, I tucked it inside a blank envelope and sealed it with these festive deer stickers I found at Hobby Lobby.
Since I had all of my craft supplies out, I decided to knock out some present wrapping as well. In a previous post I talked about some alternatives to traditional gift giving. While it's still a goal of mine, I'm long overdue for a visit to my brother and his family (they live out of state), so I decided to splurge and get some presents for my nieces and nephew. In an effort to stay true to keeping it simple this year, I carefully thought out each of the materials in order to produce as little waste as possible.
For the wrapping, I used regular craft paper. Since my nieces and nephew range in ages from 3 to 13, I figured the craft paper could easily be repurposed for coloring, sketching, or any number of other artsy projects. My niece Isabel is really interested in bracelet making, so I picked up some jewelry cord to tie name tags and other decorations to the gifts. I also used some peppermint candy and some artificial holly to add some "Christmassy" elements.
Overall, I'd consider my holiday craft session a success. I love and miss my family so much and taking the time to carefully plan out their gifts and Christmas card was a nice way for me to feel connected to them this holiday season. Hopefully this time next year we will all be opening gifts together instead of from afar. <3