‘Tis the (Pre)Season: 5 Delightful Holiday Card Designs


Organic Floral Holiday Card both vertical and horizontal versions. One of the five Wit & Delight holiday card designs now available at Artifact Uprising

Is it too early to start thinking about the holidays? Yes and no.

Yes: It’s not even Halloween. If it is the holiday season, that means we are scarf-deep in snow and cold weather (at least here in Minnesota).

No: I’m a procrastinator.

Every year is going to be the year that I get ahead of everything and send out holiday cards. “This is the year,” I’ve been telling myself since 2009.

Natural Lines Holiday Card from Artifact Uprising
This is when Joe, August, and I traveled to Banff

Well, this? 2019? This is the year. The year I order and send out holiday cards before I realize I’m just not going to get it done.

Truthfully, I’ve got a bit more motivation this year, as I designed a set of FIVE different holiday cards with our friends at Artifact Uprising. These holiday cards were inspired by my 100 Days of Creativity journey from earlier this year.

I’m a graphic designer by trade but have also taken up painting as a separate creative outlet. Learning how to paint has opened me up to exploring even more creative avenues, like cutting paper shapes and creating collages. By switching up mediums, I’ve changed my perspective on design and opened up a new form of self-expression.

Inspiration and the final Playful Shapes Holiday Cards (top middle) and Organic Florals Holiday Cards (bottom) from Artifact Uprising

My style of design had previously been relatively rigid and precise. It’s been fun (and a challenge) to explore looser line placement and organic shapes to convey a theme.

Want to read more about the partnership and my design process? Check out my interview on Artifact Uprising.

Hint, hint: Think about Artifact Uprising for holiday products as well. My kids ADORE the board books we made them recently. Both of my kids love to read, and the joy they showed when the books they were holding reflected their own lives was priceless.

We were able to fill the books with pictures of family that don’t live near us, so they could see them every day. I’m also TERRIBLE at making photo books in a timely manner, which is why I’m doing them earlier this year. This is the year.

BY Kate Arends - October 24, 2019


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