Here is a round-up of the past two years' cards, followed up by a reveal of this year's card.
Postcard -style for 2010 with about 70 cards made for about 50 people. It was a combination of supplies I already had plus a new products from SU! because I was recently introduced to the company.
I tried adding tiny rhinestones, using dimensional stickers to pop-up the sentiment, and silver heat-embossing.
I stuck on some plain white paper to write a note to everyone but learned after that year that it was too much space for me to fill in a short amount of time.
This was my card from 2011. I looked at what I liked from my previous cards and loved the neutral base, snowflake images, and one special technique. This had heat-embossing and dry-embossing using my Cuttlebug.
Started a tradition of planning ahead with the SO the design and color palette plus splurging on the supplies for this special project. This was all SU! this time because I was a demonstrator that year.
That year, I was a little too enthusiastic with my new stamp greetings & sentiments and mixed up the amount/ size of the golden snowflakes on the front and the sentiments on the inside. I only made about 50 of these full cards for about 25 people.
This is our card from this year. I had a completely different layout and palette idea planned mid-year, but I got the new SU! catalog and saw this color-inspiration on a different holiday card they had. I also saw this stamp in a set and fell in love because it fits in my neutral-snowflake theme.
This year, I rounded the edges because I was all about that this year in my scrapbooking, I used the same sentiment stamp set as last year, as well as the embossing snowflakes. It was nice not having to buy a bunch of new tools this year, plus I wanted to not splurge too much. Postcard-style again and I got carried away and made about 80 for roughly 55 people.
I've learned a lot about what I like, trying to be a bit more efficient in terms of buying supplies and designing my card around. A nice compromise that I'm happy with. This year, I know there wasn't a lot of room to fill with writing, but I wanted it that way with so many cards to send out. For some of my friends, I included a separate insert with a background story about Flat Stanley and I included a mini-laminated version of the character. I hope to collect a bunch of pictures over the next year now that I've introduced everyone via my own shenanigans this past year. I can't wait!