It may seem early to start thinking about Christmas, but if you enjoy making your own Christmas cards, like I do, it's important to get an early start.
I love making handmade cards, but rather than stamp or paint them, I like to add photos to make them more personal and likely to be saved.
I started out the millennium with the tradition of sending out handmade photo cards, and, since then, every year I try to outdo myself. I have moved from making simple cards to making pop-up cards, snow globe cards, transparent cards and cards with complex folds. Eventually, I would like to show how I did some of the techniques here on the blog. For now, though, let me concentrate on the most difficult part, coming up with a good idea for the photo, the focal part of the card.
With a great photo, even the most simple of cards becomes a memorable keepsake.
Before my son was born, my 1st Christmas cards used our golden retriever, Molly, as the model. Those first cards were very simple, using only a single fold card with the photo glued into it.
Even young kids can help get involved with making cards like these. They can help you set up the photo, or can have fun getting dressed up to to be the models themselves, and then later can help embellish the card with paint or stickers.
Here are the photos from my first cards:
Later, we adopted our other golden retriever, Sheena, and I had two beautiful models to work with. Yes, my dogs really are angels to put up with me and my crazy photo shoots, but rest assured they are well compensated for their work as models. 🙂
Things got a little trickier when I had my son.
He was just a baby, but I wanted to incorporate him into the card. So, in 2010, he ended up being Santa Claus accompanied by two beautiful golden reindeer.
Sadly, last year I took the year off, for the first time ever, after losing our beautiful Molly.
I didn't mean to take the year off, but we had been awaiting the arrival of our new puppy, Kahlúa, and she arrived later than we had expected. Not only was the timing off, but I found it impossible to get a decent photo with my two toddlers (one human and one canine) that just wouldn't sit still!
These sorts of cards are fun when the photo shows off the entire family in some quirky theme. I'm always the photographer, though, and my husband isn't the type to pose for these sorts of things. For me my dogs and my son will have to do.
It's about time to get started on this year's card, and I'm looking for new ideas.
Anybody want to help out?