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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    3 comments:

    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 card....so clever. Thanks for sharing.

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      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.

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    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!

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