If you didn't have time to get out any Christmas cards, then try sending out some cards for the New Year. These Port2Port Press Hello New Year Cards ($4) are simple, stylish, succinct, and more importantly, you don't have to worry about sending them until after the holidays are over. That's right, according to CasaSugar etiquette, you have until February to send your New Year's cards.
I stumbled across a 3P-3 booth at a street fair a month or so ago, and wanted to buy everything on their table. I was so indecisive that I ended up leaving with nothing but their business card. Good thing, because I checked out their online shop and bookmarked this wonderful Happy Holiday Card Set ($15 for five). Each set has five cards with a different design, which is handprinted with their gocco, and is part of an edition of 35. It's this kind of design that makes me anticipate opening my mailbox.
R. Nichols Holiday Cards ($20 for 10) are witty, cheerful, and endearing. The cut-and-paste designs of his cards remind me of the grade school holiday projects that we all cherish as the homespun fun of celebrating the holidays. His cards are designed for the New Yorker, the shopper, the pet lover, the family, and the garden-variety festive card-giver. I'd love to see one of you DIY your own cut and paste holiday card. Send in photos if you do!
Who can disagree with the wishes of joy, peace, good will, glad tidings, and love? This subtly tree-shaped card from DutchDoor is perfect for any of your loved ones during this holiday season, no matter what their background or beliefs. Letterpress printed in sage and turquoise and paired with a matching envelope, I love its pretty color pairing and sweet message. Need more cards? Check out some other choices here.
I hope that Susy of SusyJack*, one of my new favorite destinations for contemporary paper goods, prides herself on her Joy Cards ($8.75 for 4), because I certainly dig 'em. They're simple, concise, pseudo-secular, and darn good-looking. They've also got that retro holiday feel that I'm loving these days. What could be better?
I was immediately attracted to the design of these Phoebe Moore 1950s Bauble Cards ($12 for 10) from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. They're festive but not over the top. Colorful but not headache-inducing. What's more, they're made with paper from sustainable sources, the envelopes are made from recycled juice cartons, and the wrapping is made from cornstarch. Eco and chic! Killing two birds with one card, if you will . . .
This set of holiday cards ($12.50) from PressaRussa in Louisiana includes four letterpress flat note cards with coordinating envelopes. The text has been shadow printed in red and black to read "MERRY CHRISTMAS." I love the addition of the simple blue star in the upper left hand corner of both the card & the envelope. Another thoughtful detail is the cards' decorative rounded corners. The images are hand printed using vintage movable type and image cut on an antique 5 x 8 letterpress. All note cards are packaged in a clear sleeve and wrapped with an actual cigar band. Check out the rest of PressaRussa's humorous and well-designed cards on their site!
Inspired by the Karl-Erik Forsslund poem "The Tomten and the Fox," these cards ($10 for a set of six) from Etsy seller Owlfoot read "God Jul!" which means "Merry Christmas!" in Swedish. This blank card was illustrated by Bonnie Wildwood and handprinted with a Gocco printer. This would be a fun card for any Swedes or Scandinavians in your life, or anyone who appreciates a good folktale.
This mele kalikimaka boxed card set ($16) from Etsy seller fugufugupress will let you say Merry Christmas like the locals—the Hawaiiian locals, that is. With holiday-colored ornament-shaped fish, these recycled-paper cards come in a set of eight 4.25"x5.5" cards, and are blank inside. They are letterpress printed on natural white paper with green tea-colored envelopes. Hurry though—there are only three sets available.