Extreme Xmas Cards

Branching out from Christmas cards on my blog
Extreme Cards and Paper Crafting

1989just a picture in someone's front yard
Many many years ago, after moving to a new apartment, we sent our first humorous Christmas card, with a picture of ourselves standing in front of an enormous McMansion. Someone else's McMansion. It was so deeply humorous that no one understood it.

1990Yellowstone snowstorm
So the next year we were a little more obvious. Except it wasn't obvious to anyone but us that we were standing in a snowstorm.

1991whale watching
By this time our friends and family were starting to get the idea that there was a joke involved, lame as it might be.

1992peace on earth
This was an easy one.

Finally, some people got this one. This was what we looked like when we traveled with all the baby stuff. We did confuse a few people who recognized our front door and wondered why we would be arriving, with all our vacation stuff, at our OWN house.

1994Santa's little helpers
Another obvious one, phew.

This one holds a special place as the first computer generated card. It took forever. Corel's cut-and-paste was so primitive that pasted objects couldn't be moved once placed. It took dozens of tries to get the heads right. And, my computer was so slow that every paste took almost a minute to process.

I like the unfolding tree inside.

Oh my gosh, another one that took forever. Every piece is a facsimile made with CorelDraw, not scanned. The challenge was to keep the whole thing flat enough to mail.

The puns only work if you've heard of Sew News and Town and Country magazines, and the travel writer Arthur Frommer. Apparently these are not well known cultural icons.

1999dream vacations
The joke here is that all these vacations are a DREAM. With two small children and no money, who goes anywhere? I was really proud of how the background patterns lined up across the page folds.

2000Jacob's Ladder
Another postage compromise. I would have liked to have made these with three or four flip panels, but the postage would have been a killer.

2001Merry Little Christmas
How cool is it that you can find a paper model of your car? All the ads on the envelope are family jokes. Notice Mrs. Claus sleeping and the reindeer kids in the back fighting. The point, of course, was that the Claus family was experiencing our holiday marathon roadtrip while we got to relax and deliver presents.

2002Do it yourself Christmas card
What happens when Mom gets a job? No one is home to make Christmas cards. The original concept was to use magnetic paper, but it was too expensive. I don't know how many people bothered to cut out the stickers. We had it on our refrigerator for ages.

2003Turn, turn, turn
Oh, I love this one. It's based on a design in one of Joan Irvine's books.

2004Sweets and Nuts
The design was inspired by a collapsing wallet my grandmother gave me when I was little, and by my mother's and my favorite Fanny Farmer candy selection called "Nuts, Crisp, and Chewy."

2005Global Greeting
This was all about the snowglobe animation in the slideshow. The card snowglobe is exactly CD size. We printed the CD labels with the snowglobe picture so the card looked the same with or without the slideshow CD in place.

2006Growing and Changing
I was feeling melancholy. Several recipients remarked on the relative seriousness of this card.

2007Messy Christmas
The hardest part of this card was figuring out how to put the tunnel cards together in a logical sequence, incorporate a greeting, and still have the whole thing thin enough to mail.

2008 Fir Yew I Pine & Balsam
Smells like Christmas spirit!

2009 Cookies
Eat drink and be merry, and don't toss your cookies. Well, yes, you should toss the cookies from your computer. Even if you're Santa.

2010 Noel
Home is where you find yourself.

2011 Something Shiny!
Attention deficit Christmas.

2012 Silhouettes
It's the end of the world as we know it.

This form of card making needs a name! In the scrapbooking world there is traditional scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, and hybrid scrapbooking. Is this hybrid cardmaking? I have found only a couple others people who have posted work that is similar in style.

Here is one of my favorites:
Thomas Hoehn, from Kodak’s A Thousand Words blog.

Here are some with a more scrapbook-y perspective from Tip Junkie:
Amazing Christmas Cards

Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine featured artist Jane Maxwell's cards in the November/December 2007 issue and challenged readers to submit their cards. You can see Jane's art here: (no cards)
Jane Maxwell
and the result of the challenge here:
Artful Holiday Cards

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