Nope. Too big.
Nope. Too Religious.
Nope. Too generic.
Nope. HOW MUCH?!
It’s that time of year again, where we all send our family, friends, acquaintances and followers a piece of folded card to wish them a merry Christmas and a happy new year. The shops are full of them, and have been since early September in all shapes and sizes, colours and cut, some full of embellishments, some sparkly and some just plain ugly. I trawled through loads of shops looking for that “perfect” Christmas card to send to a select few family and friends (gone are the days where I would buy a bumper pack of 50 and write one out for every soul I knew) – but with no avail. I wanted something simple, elegant, cost effective and different. – all the shops could offer me was generic and expensive! One design I really liked was £8 for 5 – YES 5 cards!! Although its not going to break the bank, my Scottish frugalism kicked in, and I put them back, deciding to make my own – @KirstieMAllsopp style!
I marched into a craft store, looking for blank cards. after wading through the acrylics and canvases, found them at the back – a pack of ten blank cards and envelopes for less than half the price of the 5 pack I saw an hour earlier! Bargain! I paid for the blank cards and stood outside the craft store. Shit. What was I going to put on the front of them? I can’t really draw, and I wasn’t wanting to spend much more on materials to decorate them – so I wandered to the local Starbucks to mull-over what festive design would adorn my DIY xmas cards.
I wanted something easy, simple, but effective. I ruled out paint or drawing something – which left me with sticking and cutting – but what? A star? a Christmas tree? AAAH! A Christmas tree! I could cut that out easily enough – but what from? I didn’t want to go back to the craft store and buy anything else, not only to the fact it was horrendously busy with people buying glitter pens and metallic markers, but also I wanted to “re-use” something, making the festive card not only unique, but a (tad) eco-friendly.. I nursed my steaming hot americano and pondered what material I could use.. card? yes.. card. but where from. I stared at my coffee cup – it was pretty, Starbucks, red cups are very festive – but I couldn’t use that – It was used and the shape wasn’t exactly great for sticking down flat.. but what about the “coffee sleeve” – the cardboard slip on sleeve that stops your hands getting too hot? EUREKA! I was onto something here – but I only had one – So I cheekily asked the baristas if i could take a few – after a bemused look, they handed me four more. My cards were coming to life!
I got home, and lay my materials out – some plain cards, some coffee cup sleeves, and some double sided sticky pads that had been lying in the “stationery” drawer for years. I started snipping, measuring and sticking . I went through three designs – but the final one, the one I was please with was this design:
Three Starbucks Xmas trees, all with a small pot! Hurray! I made 9 more (and then a further 8!) and sent them to family and friends! I uploaded my picture to instagram and – by my surprise, actual @Starbucks seen them and commented on them!
So I feel my mission was complete, and the recipients have loved them! totally unique, and crafted with care!