I’ve kept myself busy making greeting cards, to keep my mind occupied and the ugly crying down to a minimum.
If you don’t know what ugly crying is, it’s when your eyes are so red you look like your severely infected with something, its’ when you’re not sure whats running more your eyes or your nose, and when you open your mouth to speak the words are an inaudible mix of sobs and words.
While grief is a process and it’s ok to cry,I looked at our 2-year-old dog Lux the day after Zoe passed and knew she needed me to be strong for her. In her eyes I could see sadness for miles, confusion as to why we left Zoe laying on a table at the vets, her glance begging us to explain things to her. I knew I had to make life normal for her so the days she spent looking for her sister and laying in her bed taking in her scent were minimized, I needed to be her and the rest of the fur babies comfort, and they mine of course.
In the following days I got to working on Christmas greeting cards to keep me focused on something other than the grief.
I plan to donate these to be given out to seniors, and adults with impairments and disabilities, a project from my January to do list. While I only have a few made now my goal is to make dozens and maybe even mail some to family and friends, Christmas cards seem to be a dying art form, and I am guilty of adding to its demise.
I made some last year where I made one hard copy, scanned it and had multiples printed, this year I set out to hand make each one (multiples of each design but all by hand), to make each unique and keep costs way down in order to make a ton more. The most expense was a pack of 200 67lb cardstock sheets I purchased for 15$, taxes included each sheet is approximately 8 cents, each card 4 cents. The art for them are made from cereal box type cardboard and a few low-cost embellishments.
They can be hand written on the inside or print blank inserts HERE on regular print paper and write on it. ( I’ve included print outs for each under each photo as well) and glue down just at the top. Total of each card is well below 10 cents, I even found these envelopes on Amazon that fit them perfectly, adding barley 10 cents extra to each card I end up mailing out.
Even though these will be Christmas cards I thought how cute would winter themed valentines be? And so the following were born.
See below each picture for the link for printable templates with written instructions. Also note you paint the plain side of your cereal box cut out, and it will curl a bit when painted but can be shaped back gently when dry and once they are hot glued down they stay flat.
Also for a rustic look I gave some of my pieces ( the mittens, and non corrugated trees ) a light sanding after 2 coats of dried paint.
Open file of choice in new window, save and print DO NOT CHECK FIT TO PAGE SELECTION ON YOUR PRINTER
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINT OUT FOR THE CARDSTOCK FOR THE CARD
Cut down the middle line just off to one side for the first card, then on the second one trim off the remaining printed cut line ( each print off makes 2 cards)
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINT OUT FOR THE HEART SNOWMAN CARD
CLICK HERE FOR SNOWBODY LOVES YOU LIKE THIS SNOW BUDDY INSERTS
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINT OUT FOR THE MITTEN CARD
CLICK HERE OUR LOVE FITS LIKE A GLOVE INSERTS
CLICK HERE FOR TOGETHER WE ARE A PERFECT PAIR INSERTS
I trimmed my mitten with plastic canvas needlepoint, if you do plastic canvas the measurements are 4 holes x 17 holes
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINT OUT FOR THE TREE CARD
CLICK HERE FOR OUR LOVE IS EVERGREEN INSERTS
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