Sunday, 21 December 2014

Making Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards are something that just seem to be dying a slow death - I remember years ago our whole hallway would be completely covered in them, so much so that you could barely see the wallpaper.
Now, it seems to have wittled down - very few people seem to send them.
But those that do seem to prefer personalised ones; whether its personalised names and words, or photographs.

I decided to make our family Christmas Cards of our cat. Everyone loves him and already laughs at how photographed he is, you can see on mine and my mum's Instagram's that it's just covered in photos of our too loved cat... So I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show them him again in an even cuter way!

It was quite difficult to get the photo I wanted because Sonny doesn't like to cooperate; he's the king and he does what he wants. He wouldn't even wear the cute little hat I wanted him to wear and he wouldn't let me put baubles around him! I'm glad I have photoshop!

I put this photo on the back of the card with May Simpson© underneath. This photo was taken of Sonny at Christmas when he was a kitten in 2009 just before he went missing. He was lost for 3 months before someone brought him home to us.

I used Truprint to order the cards. Unfortunately, I could not be more disappointed!
I was so excited to get them and to send them out to people, but they've done such a terrible job at printing them that I won't be sending them anywhere and Truprint will definitely be getting a complaint email!
I paid £11.98 for a set of 12, very good on price - but not good enough quality to justify even spending that much...
The colours were wrong and almost green, the quality is terrible and there is a big white gap at the bottom and now it's too late to get more done!

Such a shame, but will learn from my mistakes and not use Truprint next time!

These are a couple of other homemade Christmas Cards we got that could inspire you for your own!

{The quality of Photobox is so much better!}

My mum is a nanny for young and disabled children. One of the first children that she ever looked after was Alex, who has cerebral palsy. We have kept in contact with the family, and they sent us this photo card of alex enjoying his time in the christmas wrapping paper! Awww!

{Children's drawings are perfect as Christmas Cards because unlike photos, the quality doesn't matter as much}

At the school my little cousin, James, goes to each of the children draw out their own christmas card designs and have them made into christmas cards. These are adorable and the perfect keep sake. Last year he gave me a christmas minion one! So sweet!

Another Christmas Card tradition that our family now does, instead of us wasting time and money on christmas cards which only end up in the recycle bin - we make a donation to a charity that means something to us. We then post on Facebook to our friends and family informing them of which charity we have donated to for Christmas. Last year we donated to Down's Syndrome Association and this year we donated to Parkinson's UK. Just another good deed for Christmas.

Has anyone else tried to make their own cards?
Or do you donate instead too?!

Hope everyone's excited for Christmas!

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  1. Awww your Christmas cards are so cute! I would like to make Christmas cards, but I'm always so busy that I never get around to it :)
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

    1. Get started early so you have them for next year! It's great being able to send them!


  2. Haha your Christmas card is awesome! I totally want to make one this year but haven't actually gotten around to it yet. Yours has inspired me though! Great post :)

    1. you should definitely do it!
      maybe it's too late for this year, but you could definitely do it for next!


  3. awe they are so cute...too bad the print job wasn't very good for you :( they are still totally adorable!! Every year I mean to send personalized Christmas cards but never get around to it...well theres always next year haha.

    xx Amber//

    1. I love the picture; I was really pleased with how that came out!
      I was just so disappointed with the prints because I wanted them to be perfect and was excited for it, and now they're not!

      If you start early next year, you could make some good ones!
      Pinterest have some great ideas!



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