I know. Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but I’m here to tell you: it’s never too early to start planning your holiday cards. Today I’ve got a few ideas to get you thinking and first up are the new holiday card lines from Artifact Uprising. They have created a streamlined, beautiful collection of minimally designed cards but my favorite of them all is their 3-in-one card designs.
The 3-in-1 Card is designed to be repurposed. This 100% recycled card is a greeting card, photo print and gift tag all in one. With its perforated seams, the 3-in-1 Card can be repurposed by recipients. Family and friends can tear away the photo print for year-round display and use the gift tag for holiday gift-giving. The cards include 100% recycled kraft envelopes. You can even add a message to the back of the photo portion. I love this creative thinking by a company who cares about the environment and creates products that reflect their commitment. Plus, just great, clean design.
So that’s one cool offering in the holiday card market for 2014. To explore and shop, click here.
Here’s cool idea another: Say hello to my very first set of card templates, Holiday Cards + News No. 01.
The sizes are fairly common and I’m planning to have a set of flat 5 x 7 postcards printed at Overnightprints.com, who I learned about from Elise Blaha Cripe. I’ll order some kraft envelopes from Etsy and be good to go!
But who doesn’t like the idea of having a holiday newsletter that matches their card? I decided to include four matching 8.5 x 11 newsletter templates, again fully customizable, to match each design in the set.
And while I was at it, I figured it’d be fun to have some stamps that would tie in as well.
Oh, hello Cool Yule stamp set! You are going to fit very nicely into my holiday card (and holiday memory-keeping) plans for 2014. This set is based on my Cool Yule digital collection. I really wanted to be able to combine a minimal card design with some adorable stamping (envelope decor, anyone?) so that’s what I did.
Oh for cute. (If you are also in the market for adorable return address stamps, I highly recommend checking out Paperwink. I ordered this one two years ago and I love it. Wonderful quality in a wood handled rubber stamp.)
This 4 x 6 set is available now at Studio Calico.
All of my layered templates come with PDF instructions, covering the basics of working with templates using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. But if you want to see the templates in action, watch this short video overview.
To purchase my holiday card set, click here.
I’d also like to give a shout out to Aidan C., boyfriend of Aidan Z., who kindly depressed the shutter on our official holiday photo. We took a TON of shots that I set up and framed using my Canon 5D and my tripod, but the one you see here? It was a very quick, one-off shot we decided to try and who knew it was going to be the keeper? I also Photoshopped the heck out of it to make for a better image. Here is the unretouched original.
Thanks to Totally Rad Actions and Rad Lab for helping me make Photoshop magic. Oh, and Photoshop’s Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool made mincemeat of those errant leaves.
And here’s a final gratuitous cute shot of the rather tall star photographer himself and his lovely also rather tall side kick, taken just moments after our lucky holiday shot.