You've heard of the expression “Christmas in July.” I celebrate Christmas in July, August, and pretty much the whole six months leading up to Christmas. Hobby Lobby hauls in their Christmas supplies in the summer about the same time I start hauling out my pencils and paints for all my Christmas crafts. All the paintings, cards, and gifts I make necessitate this early preparation date (that sounds like a line from a Christmas song). I draw more for Christmas than any other season.
I try to work on the least Christmasy Christmas stuff first because I like to save the most Christmasy artwork till November and all the decorations hypnotize my mood into the winter jollity. Plus, I make it a rule that I can't listen to my Christmas playlist until the very end of October, and I like to listen to Christmas music while I'm drawing Christmas cards. Up until then, I listen to Frozen music while I'm card-creating (which is sort of Christmasy, at least wintery anyway).
Sometimes my Christmas card ideas come super early. I've been known to come up with Christmas card ideas a whole year in advance (sometimes more). I have two friends whose cards I have planned already for the next two Christmases!
How soon do you start your Christmas crafts?
This is what my family would look like if we were turned into minions. My dad is quashing his most-hated enemy: peas.
My mom imitated her minion's uncontrollable laughter when she saw this card.
My dad's best friend is excited to have some of my fresh-baked banana bread.
I've been creating homemade cards ever since I learned how to hold scissors. Sometimes I'd copy an idea from a magazine and other times I dug it out of my head. The recipients of my cards varied widely over the years. Of course, I would always give cards to my family and closest friends, but I've distributed cards to my dad's friends, a friendly lady who works at Kohls, all the members of a church, and even our hairdresser!
The scissors were soon eliminated from my card-making tools when I realized hand-drawn cards were my specialty. I created a name for my "company" that I scribbled on the back of the card along with some kind of doodle or sketch that went with the theme. I decorated the front, back, and inside of each card. The sketches on the inside and back could be simple or very intricate.
A few years later, I attached a motto under the company name. I changed the saying to coordinate with each card's theme, but it would still reference drawing or card making. For instance, on a Monsters Inc. card I wrote, "We draw because we care." And on a Frozen card, "Some cards are worth melting for." But so far my favorite is from a Christmas card featuring The Rifleman that says, "The fastest draw in the west."
I try to make my cards as personal as possible, like hiding stuff in the background that the recipient likes. Illustrating cards is strenuous labor, but their smiles is all the payment I'll ever need. I hope to share my cards with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as if I made them for you. Maybe in the future I can start a real card company.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist who captures the glories of God's creation on canvas. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a masters degree in imagination.
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