Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Card Design • 2012

November 1st is when I start collecting ideas for my annual Christmas Card. I have been hand making all my cards for years and I started keeping the collection in 1984. I blogged about all of them last year in this post here but here are a few of my favorites from over the years.....

2005 • Pierced-Cut Tree

1985- Pop-up Tree

1999 • Spiral Tree

2003 • Folded Stars

I have started to collect ideas for my new card and 2012 will be a new experience because this is the year that Pinterest came into my life! Up until this year I would save magazine photos, old cards, links to websites, etc. But now I have a board full of Christmas ideas and many of them are card related.  Here is a run through of some of my current favorites....

You can tell by my photos above that I lean strongly to the classic red and green in contemporary graphic designs. Interesting that I have a selection some white or neutral samples this year. I love the corrugated cardboard used here. 

Source • HGTV
Love the patterns on the pop-up trees. 

I like the folded circle to create the tree. I use the tree theme often and this is a new approach for me but fairly classic in card design.

These Christmas tags use a technique similar to the patterned trees . This could be adapted to a card design.

I love the gradated snow and softness of the above design.

Source • DiHere at Split Coast Stampers
Several all white samples appeared in my Pinterest board. Love the lattice weave above.

Source • Heart Prints

I have always loved embossed paper. I used it in my card last year and love the application here. I might need to learn how to make my own!

Here are links to the thirty years of Christmas card designs that I have crafted and sent with love to friends and family. Wonder what this year's design will be.

  • DIY Cards • Truly Unique
  • DIY Christmas Cards • Technology Influenced
  • DIY christmas Cards • Mixed Media
  • DIY Christmas Cards • Trees as a Theme
  • DIY Christmas Cards • Woven Paper Designs
  • DIY Christmas Cards • Pierced Designs
  • Pop Up Christmas Cards
  • Handmade Christmas Cards Through the Years

  • ©2012 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy

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    1. I will have to come back and check out your list for the last thirty years. Love the examples above. Especially the very first clever. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Merry,
        Let me know which of all 30 years is your favorite. There is quite a selection. I am hoping to get a Silhouette cutting machine for my birthday and that should open up some great possibilities for cards. I cut all those little lines on that first tree by hand - for 70 cards. As always, thanks for visiting and commenting.

    2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards!!!! I can't wait how this year's card will turn out with all that inspiration!

      Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!