Holidays + Paper
One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting red envelopes in the mail. (I also like Starbucks red holiday cups, but I’ll save that for another post.) Red envelopes always mean something “good.” A photo card from family, a funny or cute holiday card, or the two-page, single-spaced yearly update from your second cousin’s aunt.
Holiday Card Trends for 2013
Every year there are trends in holiday card designs, sayings, colors, and styles. What’s new this year? Many cards have a delightfully crafty or hand-drawn look to them. Many include hand lettering and fancy fonts. Popular saying include, “Merry and Bright,” “Happy Howl-idays” (impossible to resist with a cute dog on the card), and the ever-popular “joy, peace, love.”
Along with the craft style, many cards are displaying earthy tans and browns next to popular reds, greens, and blues. Light turquoise also seems to be popping up everywhere this holiday season. Speaking of craft styles, you can’t miss the “chalkboard” designs that seem to round out every greeting card display.
Original = Fresh
With so many holiday card designs to choose from, my hope is that you will support one of the thousands of independent greeting card designers out there and order something original this season. There’s nothing more amusing than showing up at grandma’s house, browsing the card display, and realizing that Uncle Albert sent the same card you did.
Visiting Etsy.com is a great place to start looking for something unique. I recommend skipping their holiday section and going straight to the search box to type in “holiday cards” along with words that might describe you or your situation. For example “just married,” “moving,” “Alaska,” “NYC,” “dog,” “religious,” or simply “handmade.” You will find a fabulous selection of cards that never hit your local store shelves and can be shipped to your home in just 2-3 days.
More New Designs from Dana’s Paperie
Thank you for allowing me to introduce more 2013 holiday card designs! To view the entire collection, click here: http://etsy.me/1ar3qkK
Warm wishes to you this holiday season!