Monday, December 15, 2008

homemade christmas cards

christmas_card by you.
I've been thinking of christmas cards forever, but of course I only got around to actually making some this past weekend. My life has been a blur lately... you know how it is!

I sorted through my drawers of papers and using my Epson desktop scanner scanned in several scraps that were appealed to me at the moment, and some scraps that had bits of yellow, green and red colours. 

Using Illustrator, I then drew an ornament shape and opened it up in Photoshop. I then used the outline of my Illustrator-drawn ornament to outline, copy and paste selections of my paper scans. Next, I again used my ornament shape and blurred it, then added it to another layer behind my paper ornament to give it a bit of a shadow and depth. 

I then arranged all my 19 ornaments along with my mock-up text, and drew hanging threads for my ornaments to dangle from. Then I deleted my mock-up text, and saved the image as a jpeg to place into illustrator, where I added my real text (including an itemized list of where the papers originated, and a reminder to please recycle). The typeface is Neutraface.

christmas card (back) by you.

Using my desktop Canon printer, I printed the cards onto cardstock, trimmed them using a sharp new xacto knife, straight edge metal ruler, and a cutting mat. I then scored and folded the cards using my fiskars rotary paper trimmer with a scoring blade. I enclosed them all in pretty vintage 4x6" glassine envelopes, and added my mailing labels and stamps. And they're off... (I hope just in time!)

away! by you.

Its funny, that when writing my christmas card list, Along with aunts and uncles, old friends and new friends and neighbours, I had the urge to add so many 'online friends' to my list, beautiful souls Melissa, Geninne and Ana, LoriJennyJenn and Ella to name only a few. I don't have the addresses of most of these women, and I've never met most of them in real life. I actually feel like a bit of a weird stalker writing this! But somehow over the years, without my even realising, they have entered my heart and I feel like I should be sending them my christmas cards, too...

Life's funny that way. And good, that you can feel close to people that you have never actually met. Perhaps it's a sign that there is a tiniest glimmer of hope for the human race, afterall?

christmas card by you.

28 comments:

Casey said...

I love that even your Christmas cards represent you and your love for found paper. And I love the glassine envelopes! Where did you find some so big?

Holly said...

wow, these are more gorgeous than some wedding invites!!

sharilyn said...

Casey: Thank-you! I've had these glassines for a while, but I believe I bought a big box of these ones on ebay.

Holly: thankyou!

Alissa Nicolau said...

Beautiful, as always.

Merry Christmas!
Alissa

{Jenna Lou Loves You} said...

Those are so beautiful! I still need to make mine.... ops... better hurry Christmas is almost here!

Ransacked Goods said...

Oh they are darling. I just love them. Nice work. I always love getting handmade cards.

Michelle said...

Absolutley Inspiring! These are Beautiful. It would be so wonderful to recieve one of these!

ella said...

seriously is that my name linked up there?!? i popped over from flickr to see the how too and then got all muddled in the how too and realized that i will never ever have handmade cards to post unless i start 1 year in advance (which i'm not going to do) and then looky there's me, my name, my link. You're so sweet to think of me. i was just thinking the other day how i would love to include all of my online blog friends in a little gift giving. Little A and i are working on some wee things to send out closer to New Years. i figured the longer we spread out the celebrations the better (at least for the little ones). You guys are totally on the list! love you guys and we will get a playdate in this New Year - for sure!!
xo Ella.

Wendy said...

Sharilyn, these are so beautiful! I always love the colors, shapes, and patterns you choose. Thanks for sharing all the details about your process - it's so neat knowing the tools you use and how you put this card together.

Carlene said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards!

Kelly said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm not going to get around to cards for Christmas this year. I might do "New Years" cards. I did that one other year when I ran out of time.

I love how you combined all of the patterns and colors - perfect.

tiel said...

they are so beautiful.

pebbledash said...

These are really beautiful - and I love the touch of the glassine envelopes. I often use them too, they make something really special.

mary grace said...

beautiful cards! the glassine envelopes are just the right touch. :)

the adairs said...

I wouldn't call it stalking. There are so many incredible women that I've come to "know" through their blogs and consider them my friends. I pray about their requests, rejoice with them, and love to share ideas. We are all almost like pen pals. And there is nothing creepy about it. Even if the conversation only goes one way.
PS-I came across your blog when searching for the name Adelaide (a name I hope to give a baby girl one day) and fell in love with your family and story. It feels like I'm reading your biography, only in snippets each week.

amandajean said...

beautiful cards!!!

Geninne said...

You are so, so goo. That is the loveliest Christmas card EVER!
The feeling is mutual my dear friend :) If only we were neighbors!

kim said...

What an amazing Christmas card. What makes it even more amazing is that each ornament has it's own little story. So pretty.

Melissa said...

sharilyn, this post is so beautiful. first of all, your cards, and how you made them, are very inspiring. the design is beautiful. and then, when i saw my name linked- i couldn't believe it.
thank you! i wish i could send you and my other blogfriends cards and gifts- i'm far too disorganised but i have thought of it often! xx

kim said...

i'm not sure how i came upon your blog, but i adore your stationery designs. where do you buy your paper and what type of printer do you use? your creativity is inspiring! thanks!

Kate said...

Those are fantastic. You have more creativity in your pinky then I do in my whole body...and I consider myself very creative! :) Have a wonderful holiday!

sharilyn said...

Hi, Thanks Everyone for your feedback and sweet words... Merry Christmas and much love (and inspiration) to you all!

Ella: send me your address and I will send you it for real!!!!

the adairs: Adelaide is a great name! I've always been very satisfied with our choice. We just found it on page 1 of a baby name book, but now I see it around every once in a while, too. Originally, we had planned on naming her Molly Clementine, but when she came out, she just wasnt that!

Geninne; Oh, I wish we were neighbours, too! Can you even imagine the making we'd do together? SO much fun...

Melissa, ditto!

Kim: I use paper that I bought at a paper supplier cash and carry (coast paper in vancouver ) They often sell reams of offcuts for cheap. I'm sorry i dont know the name or type of this particular one, but for some others i have simply purchased a pad of watercolour paper and that's really nice, too. I have a Canon Pixma iP4200 printer, which is ok. It doesnt print as finely as the Epsons I had in the past, but it is much more better with ink - the Epsons were so expensive as they ate up their pricy ink catridges like wild!

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

This is inspiring me to get a color printer -- right now I usually just print blank and white at my office if I need anything and let my paper choices be the color. But I could never cut out that many ornaments by hand, so your way is much nicer. They're so gorgeous! Maybe I'll eventually get around to taking and posting pictures of the cards I made that I have yet to send -- the post office lines were too long just to buy stamps!

SimplyMother said...

Oh, those cards are amazing. How talented you are, so many steps involved--and they turned out just lovely!

And I totally understand getting to know a blogger enough that you feel they should be on your Christmas card list!

lorra said...

first time on this blog and i'm very inspired. i love how the cards look through the envelopes!

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