These are the little half-size business cards I whipped up for the artist market I participated in a couple weeks ago. I created three different image backgrounds that showcase categories of things I make – Plicious clothing, art & decor, plush toys. Since my HP Officejet is unable to perfectly align double sided printing, I printed front and back on separate cardstock, glued them together, and then cut out the individual cards with a straight edge and X-Acto blade. Of course, if I had planned ahead, I could have just used Moo.com. They are the best on the web for business cards and other promo materials. But last-minute DIY just suits me better, of course.
Creating a handmade holiday card is an important tradition for me. I often have a list of creative options that I add to throughout the year and then a final choice just comes to me like an epiphany. I love advent calendars, and I chose to create a modern design inspired by a prefab shed I saw in Dwell magazine. Family photos fill most of the windows and a few additional seasonal decor images theme the calendar for Christmas. Cutting the windows and gluing the front to the back was quite a challenge. I tend to make do with what I have on hand, but I really could have used some special double stick tape. But as days in December were passing, and I was still working hard to complete cards to send, I decided to alter the design from a traditional advent calendar to just a double door card. What is the sense in receiving an advent calendar if half the days have passed? The double door design as easier to execute, so I finished them up and sent them off. Happy (Handmade) Holidays!