I love a good interactive greeting card and scratch-off cards are amongst my favourites. It's so much fun watching the suspense and surprise on your loved one's face when they get a card that asks them to scratch off key parts to reveal a gift; I think it speaks to the little kid in all of us don't you? :)
As the holidays continue to grow near, it's time to start thinking about holiday cards. So this year, I offer this festive watercolor card. It combines the best of both worlds: some hand painted and customized goodness, and the fact that it only takes minutes to make, so you don't have to cut your list short. Click through to find out what it looks like on the inside - and how to make one yourself.
We love paper, we love independent designers, and we certainly love getting cool, handmade art in the mail. So for the Curbly crew, cards are not only a given, but one of our favorite parts of the holiday season.
To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2012, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert Carina Murray of Crow and Canary to share her favorite picks this season. There's still plenty...
Here at Curbly, we think Father's Day should get a little more play. Mother's Day is full of commercials, sections at the grocery store, fresh flowers, elementary school craft projects, and the like. But, for Father's Day? Maybe a sale at the hardware store? Some jokes about ties and cologne.
But not this year, at least not on Curbly. Yesterday, we kicked off the season with our gift guide for stylish dads, and today, we're sharing a roundup of handmade and independently printed cards from our friend and stationery professional, Carina Murray of Crow and Canary.
This year, Curbly asked Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in Portland, Oregon, to select some clever and creative original Valentine's Day cards from independent designers and artists. Her picks for the guy in your life were totally spot on, so we're equally thrilled to share this roundup of lovely and adorable cards for the wonderful women you want to honor.
With two weeks left before February 14th, we figured it was about time to find this year's most thoughtful and heartwarming greetings. But, in 2011, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find the best way to say "I love you" at the card store at the mall, or worse, the aisle at the supermarket. Times have changed, and there's a whole world of stationary out there to help you share your warmest thoughts.
For help, we turned to our pal Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationary firm based in Portland, Oregon.
I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...
I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.
Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it would...
Last minute V-Day shopper? Don't worry...you don't even have to go to the store.
Just press print!
- black card stock and white card stock (my card is 4.25" x 5.5", when folded)
- red light-weight card stock or construction paper
- cutting mat
- craft knife
- adhesive of your choice
Those geeky geniuses at EvilMadScientist don't post nearly enough...but everytime they do, they nail it.
Combining an LED throwie, a square of acrylic, and some Christmas cheer, they've created these edge-lit holiday cards that glow and leap off their background.
And it's the kind of tech-y project that should scare ya. Really, I think I'm going to try this one.
If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.
And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.
So, if you're like me, you'll dig these retro-styled Christmas cards...
In the DIY design blogosphere, tis always the season for giving: Creature Comforts offers free, download and printable library card pocket templates, standard library cards, and mini-notes. No more description necessary, just go get 'em.
Okay, so maybe you haven't gots the skills or the time to make your loved ones handmade valentines. But, you don't have to give in and allow some mass-produced greeting card do the talking for you. Crafty-Crafty has assembled their favorite alternatives, all using eco-friendly materials and all created by hand.
Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda are master pop-up artists, and here they share tips and templates for making a pop-reindeer for holiday greetings.
A gift box from a greeting card: easy, free, and recycled. Can't beat that.
- Greeting card
- Bone Folder or scoring blade
Materials: 1)heavy fabric for the outside and flaps and a lighter fabric for the lining. 2) A ruler. 3) poster board or heavy paper to trace the pattern. 4) A pen. 5) Pinking shears. 6) Fabric scissors. 7) Velcro
Craft blogger Magda K. offers easy, step-by-step instructions for making this fabric card holder- perfect for holding business cards, your ID, or even your subway tokens.
This is a great and easy way to recycle greeting cards (Christmas or otherwise) into gift card holders or small gift boxes.
Straight edge blade
1. Print out figure below as template, adjusting size to 7 ½" by 6 ½" to fit standard gift card, if necessary.
2. Position template over greeting card, as shown, aligning card’s fold to template’s center fold.
3. Trace around template.
4. Cut out...