card art 16


holiday cards / elizabethcraneswartz.comI've had this post set to go for awhile now but then life, and politics, and my general inertia got in the way. I like to do a little review of my annual card art because it's fun for me to go back see what worked and what didn't. and last year it was literally the only thing I made (not including a baby sweater) so I feel like I should give it the post it deserves and better late than never. holiday cards /

I will admit that the design for 2016 was based entirely on the fact that I wanted this circle cutter from fiskars. I've used hole punches before but I've always wanted circles larger than 3" and this does the trick (up to 8" circles!) with its adjustable arm. and after last year's completely green card I was determined to make this year's card predominantly red. mission accomplished.

holiday cards / elizabethcraneswartz.comand just to make things a little more interesting, I pushed the circle to the back of the card. I'm fancy like that.

holiday cards /

as always, a few fun facts about card art 16:

  • I went with the 5.5" square cards again
  • once again I had to order 4x6 photos and trim to 4" square
  • and again, I addressed envelopes first for an accurate count and forced the girls into hard labor
  • not really, it was fun working together and they were a HUGE help
  • it took five steps to assemble - cut circle, glue circle, cut ribbon, cut slits, insert ribbon
  • pro tip: don't mix wine while using rubber cement unless you want a trippy buzz
  • I like to try to keep it to four steps but this went pretty quickly

card art / elizabethcraneswartz.comand for what it's worth, a few lessons learned:

  • I had a bunch of cards returned again this year even though the addresses were correct
  • turns out the USPS charges an extra $0.21/card because their machines don't work well with square envelopes
  • I won't be using square cards again
  • and yes, I used Fourth of July stamps because I had them
  • I went with the greeting "HAPPY EVERYTHING" which sounded cheery and non-denominational
  • I know of at least one card where I wrote "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" instead
  • repeat after me: wine + rubber cement = reduced mental capacity

fortunately this guy (he works with Bob) has a great sense of humorholiday cards / elizabethcraneswartz.comand a favorite outtake :

holiday cards /

(card art from holidays past: 2011, 2012, 20132014 and 2015)