Merry Christmas to each of you whose eyes rest here today!
I thought this year I'd deconstruct the Blue Christmas for you.
My favorite part of the creative process is designing, which takes place far from my teeny studio. It happens on walks, or with friends, or when I'm reading. You don't always know what goes into a card when you see it, and there's no better time than today to celebrate inspiration and design.
So here are all of the parts and pieces of my Christmas card this year.
Text, for the Christmas story - the greatest story ever told.
Music - a sacred joy of Christmas, and a powerful force for happiness and hope.
Peppermint - the most iconic, graphic and beautiful treat of the year.
And of course blue, so that I could give you a little piece of my heart.
Together, just a little paper wish for joy and peace.
I love making these cards. It's my favorite card of the year. For some of the people on my list, it's the only contact we have all year, and it's such fun to reconnect every December. I send 200 cards a year, give or take a few, so I usually start making them at Thanksgiving. Strange for a procrastinator, I know. :)
By the time I settle on a design, it has become the beginning of the holiday spirit for me each year, and it's just ... fun.
I took it apart this year so that you could see not just my deconstructed inspiration, but my deconstructed process. (Click picture for a closeup.) I added prices for all the consumables - I don't count costs for anything that isn't used up in the process.
You can see that adhesive is the most expensive part of the card, which - all in - cost 43 cents apiece.
Not too much for the greatest story ever told and a little piece of my heart. :)