Sunday, May 4, 2014

Christmas: Thinking outside the Card

As I've perused the hugely inspirational 1,000 Greetings, I've thought a lot about Christmas--there's a lot of Christmas stuff in the book. It's inspired me to think a bit differently about at least some of my Christmas cards this year.

Last year, I began to feel a bit burned out on Christmas cards. For several years, I've had a very hard time getting excited about buying new stamp sets for the holidays, and then last year, I just ran out of steam entirely. I bought several boxes of beautifully designed cards at Barnes and Noble and sent them to about half the people on my list.

Card-making friends, of course, received handmade cards. Duh.

Anyway. The universe did not implode because I sent store-bought cards. So I decided that this year, I might focus more on creativity than production numbers, and I'll simply fill in any shortage with purchased cards as needed again this year.

That really takes the pressure off...and let's me play around more.

That's how today's "card" came to be.

This little gem is 2 1/2" square, and the flap is 1". It gave my Scor-Pal a work-out! The card stock is 80# Neenah Solar White, so it's a bit lighter weight than I usually work with, and much easier for this sort of project, too.

Here it is open, with stamped squares of dictionary definitions of gold, frankincense, myrrh, and Christmas. I will write a sentiment on the back of the two central panels so it won't show when the card is either closed or open and displayed on a mantle or tucked into a tree.

Note that the brad butt is hidden by the first stamped panel, so the brad holds the flap on the front of the card down. 

This is the perfect card for a friend to whom I send a package every holiday. Even with the thinner card stock, it's just slightly too thick for standard postage, although I could pay the extra postage and line the envelope either with bubble wrap or tape the outside with packing tape (not a pretty option, but effective).

Have you started thinking about Christmas cards yet? What do you think of making a rather non-traditional card like this accordion-fold card? would you like to receive something like this?

stamps: unknown Judikins
ink: Hero Arts, Memento
paper: Neenah 80#, SU real red
accessories: white brad, red baker's twine, 2 1/8" square punch, Scor-Pal, bone folder, 3/4" circle punch, 1/16" circle punch, scallop scissors (to slightly round the flap corners)


  1. so, is this a trick question, susan?!!?

    i ALWAYS love to receive a card from you!
    this one is wonderful, clever, and looks just like you!!
    i have been making paper ornaments instead of christmas cards for years now.
    i think they have a better chance of surviving, and folks can know that i am thinking of them each year when they decorate their tree.

    i think your idea of making some cards, buying some cards is perfect.
    as your wise hubby once said...
    this is supposed to be your hobby. your fun hobby!!

    thanks, as always for sharing with us.

    1. I'm off to check your blog Marty, for ideas :)

      I love that ornament Susan had posted a couple of years back too..the frame sort of ornament

    2. And so, Marty doesn't have a blog :) or one I could find.
      I still think sending ornaments is a wonderful idea, maybe with a tiny gift tag

    3. No blog for Marty, sadly. But if you keep your eyes on this blog around Christmas, I'll post her ornament here. I've been privileged to receive one a year for the past however many years. They are all delightfully CAS and beautiful, and it's such a treat to hang them every year!

  2. Susan, that's a great card/accordion book. I really love it and would gladly take it off your hands ;-)

    Also, thanks for reminding me to this wonderful stamp. Some years ago I made all my christias card with this stamp but then I never used it anymore. That's really a shame.

    In case you want to know: stamp is a cube from JudiKins.

    Have a great day, thanks for sharing

    Sandra (Sunny)

    1. Thanks so much! I unmounted the rubber from the cube years ago and didn't write down the vendor.

  3. Yes, I had started thinking about Christmas cards already because of a card I saw on someone's blog. and then I stopped.

  4. The accordion card is wonderful. I hadn't seen that stamp before. It's a special card for special people.


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