Christmas is coming! Oh, don’t we know it! Looking at the calendar got me thinking about our family’s Christmas card list – not an email list, but an old fashioned list of names and addresses of people we like to bless with a paper Christmas card. It is astounding how quickly many people ditched this tradition in lieu of an email one-liner the night before Christmas. Yes, postage isn’t free (but you could trade one cup of Starbucks coffee this year for quite a few stamps). Yes, some places have unreliable postal services (and perhaps some of your greeting cards may not be delivered, but what is life without a wee bit of risk). No, you don’t have less time in the day than anyone else. Everyone everywhere is BUSY. (If you are not busy most of the time, take a moment to share your secret for extra hours in the day in the comment section below – I know we all need to find more time in the day.) But how about embracing a new thought this festive season? Consider this idea: This year I will spare a few minutes to send a physical greeting card to someone I care about.
For those creative folk who have a few extra minutes to invest (in others, and their own sense of well-being), buying ready-to-color cards should go on your “Christmas preparation list”. (Santa could use an efficient “list” person like you on his staff!) Ready-to-color Christmas cards are a lot like traditional greeting cards, except that the color in the feature illustration is applied by you and not a printing press. Technically, “colorize” refers to applying color by digital means, and with digital coloring cards you can certainly use software to color, and then print your finished work. Another method is to add paint, marker or pencil color to printed coloring cards.
Recently, I was busy working on a new range of coloring card designs when a customer approached me to ask for Christmas versions of the cards. I had not initially planned to release any coloring Christmas cards this year, but the customer’s request got me thinking about how Christmas coloring cards could be more than just greeting cards. I imagined how a Christmas card coloring activity could provide hours of fun for families, friends, church groups and more. So I put aside my planned designs for a while, and improvised some Christmas designs for cards. Zisubu Artique now stocks sets of coloring Christmas cards.
For those who like to do all their crafting from scratch, there are the “print and color” Christmas cards. You simply print the PDF card pages on cardstock – each page has two cards – and you are on your way to making hundreds of Christmas greeting cards (or just a few, if your Christmas list isn’t too long). Not everyone likes to wrestle with their home printer – I know mine is rather temperamental about processing cardstock. (Some days is plays nicely, and others it makes a big mess of the projects I try to print.) If you don’t want to waste time loading cardstock one page at a time, printing, cutting the cards, going shopping for envelopes, and then FINALLY sitting down to relax with a coloring activity, the “ready to color” Christmas cards are perfect for you. The price of the “ready to color” cards includes all the craft work, so all that is left for you is to open your box of crayons and start coloring.
Start a new trend in your family or business this year. Send Christmas cards that are colored by your family, your friends, or your business’ staff members. Or send an uncolored coloring card with a little note that encourages the recipient to sit back, relax, and enjoy coloring as they count down to Christmas Day.