Handmade + Recycled Holiday Cards

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Created: 03/19/10
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Each year we typically create our holiday cards out of recycled materials and handmade design elements. Here are some examples.
  • RACHEL MARTIN DESIGN HANDMADE + RECYCLED HOLIDAY CARDS
  • 2012 Be Merry Handmade Letterpress Printed Cards
     
    Each year we typically create our holiday cards out of recycled materials and handmade design elements. In the past we’ve done hand stamping, die cutting, reusing old greeting cards, etc. For our 2012 card, we decided to go in a different direction and make use of our old style C&P Pilot Letterpress. We hand drew the type, had a photopolymer plate made locally, mixed custom inks, then printed the cards ourselves on 100% cotton paper and shipped in recycled hot pink Mohawk envelopes using beautiful stamps.
  • 2011 Birds of a Feather Recycled Holiday Cards
     
    Each year we create our holiday cards out of recycled materials and scrap paper. In 2011 we continued the theme and created a die cut bird out of old greeting cards we had in the studio. We even went a step further and added a hemp string to create an ornament out of the card so that it can be enjoyed and reused year after year.
  • 2010 Partridge In A Pear Tree and Mistletoe Recycled Holiday Cards
     
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    Rachel Martin Design creates its holiday cards each year using some recycled and handmade design elements. For the 2010 card, we decided to reuse old greeting and post cards from our own saved stockpile along with ones collected from family, friends and some from eBay. We sketched out an array of festive design concepts by hand then drew them in Adobe Illustrator and digital die cut them out of each card. From the many design ideas: pine trees, birds, snowflakes, etc, we chose two, a mistletoe and a partridge in a pear tree.
     
    Each card was shipped flat within a 100% recycled and 20% post-consumer waste brown kraft paper envelope with a matching belly band that was printed with a message that pertained to the card’s design. The mistletoe card belly band read: “Happy Holidays Kissing Under The Mistletoe. Share the love this holiday season by gently pushing the mistletoe cutout through the card and hang in a doorway, on a wall or hold it over that special someone’s head and see what happens. This card was made with delight from recycled greeting and post cards from family, friends and eBay strangers. Happy smooching and pass it on once you’ve had your fun!”
    The other read: “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Share the joy this holiday season by gently pushing the tree cutout up by its trunk and display the card on a table or on a wall. This card was made with love from recycled greeting and post cards from family, friends and eBay strangers. Happy holidays and pass it on once you’ve had your fun!”
     
    We have taken used cards consequently bound for the recycling bin or landfill and reconstructed them by creating a new holiday card and small piece of artwork that can be enjoyed giving it a new life form and a re-purpose in the world. The response was successful as most clients, family and friends were excited to interact with the card made from someone else’s used greeting along with some even receiving their own cards back from last year.
  • 2009 Recycled Holiday Card
     
    Rachel Martin Design always hand creates its holiday cards each year using some recycled and handmade design elements. Previous years have used hand stamping, diecut recycled paper and pine tree clippings. For 2009, we decided to get out the shredder and craft tiny packages made from bits of junk mail all wrapped up with a tiny hemp bow. We used non-toxic adhesives and worked long and hard laying each little tidbit of shred down into little squares on the 100% recycled paper stock. The outcome was a delightful success as most clients, family and friends were excited to receive the pleasant surprise made out of junk mail.

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