SO. This started out as what was supposed to be a simple venture. Pick a few cute holiday cards to show all of you, call it a day. But, I am a psychopath and fell down a rabbit hole of beautiful and hilarious and oh so modern holiday cards made by so many talented and awesome artists and print houses large and small, that I couldn’t not share all of them with you. So, I give you Merit + Fork’s M A S S I V E list of holiday cheer.
Those of you who do the glitter cards every year need to be stopped. I won’t name names, you know who you are. Do the rest of us sensible human beings a favor and get your *shiny things* fix with gold foil cards from 1canoe2 instead. Our clothes and faces and carpets and couches and every other surface of our houses that lays victim to the herpes of the crafting world thank you.
I’m a sucker for cards where the design spans the front AND back. The mesmerizing illustration of this card titled Winter Sunrise (and its friend to the right) from The Nimbus Factory is icing on the cake.
This card makes me happy because I recently booked a trip to Iceland. This card simultaneously makes me sad because it makes the northern lights look so ethereal and lovely and my trip to Iceland is happening in June when Iceland experiences 24 hours of sunlight so we won’t be able to actually *see* the northern lights. Northern Lights by The Nimbus Factory will have to do for now.
The only card on this list that can say with 100% certainty that it won’t be thrown in the garbage upon receipt. Not that the other cards on this list are garbage or anything even remotely close, they’re just really cool NORMAL cards and this one has an actual UTILITY so like, natural selection and stuff. It has evolved to survive the evil clutches of those sociopaths who throw Christmas cards away immediately after reading. Pine, by Rifle Paper Co.
For your one friend who is always dressed to the nines and sweat-free, even though it’s like 1000 degrees out and everyone else’s fingernails are sweating and you kinda eyeroll a little bit and feel bad about it, because really?! But then they make a fart joke and all is well with the world. A toast to a happy New Year, from Verrier Boutique.
I would have keeled over and died, had I received this secret decoder card from wit & whistle as a kid. There’s high probability that kids these days, what with their fancy cell phones and tablets and phablets would be less than impressed (GET OFF MY LAWN), so save this one for your childhood best friend and fill it with secret inside jokes no one else would find funny. *cough*weginald/2QPWC/stair dance/notebook that shall not be named*cough*. (I fully expect one person out there to lose their shit. you know who you are. the rest of you can move along.)
On the first draft of this list, I probably had 20 more cards with some variation of pine needles going on. I may or may not have an obsession with pine trees stemming from nostalgic feelings about my childhood back yard. This one made the final cull, so that’s saying something. via Rifle Paper Co.
So, trees tied to cars are present in nearly every single holiday card collection, ever. This happens to be the only one that I liked, because tiny things automatically = cute. This also happens to be from Hello Lucky, and you should probably just go check out all of their cards because I’m obsessed with nearly all of them.
Speaking of jokes. Emily McDowell is probably reading my thoughts because never before has a card been able to perfectly capture my exact frame of mind when buying cards. For that, she gets a whole damn row. via Emily McDowell Illustration.
From the card description, “This map of Holidayville features all the familiar landmarks, from Why Am I Still Eating These Pecans Park to Abandoned DIY Projects Memorial Graveyard.” Seriously, just go look at the full version because LOLWTF. (if someone could tell me what “sausage in a little mailbox square” means I’d be really appreciative). via Emily McDowell Illustration.
“and bourbon” is my version of the “in bed” fortune cookie game, except that I add it on to every sentence ever in my head. It works better if you imagine someone with sequined gloves doing jazz hands and saying “aaaaaaaand BOURBON!”. IT’S LATE AND I’M RUNNING OUT OF CARD CAPTIONS, OKAY. via Emily McDowell Illustration.
On that note, I’m just gonna wrap things up for now because I’m not sure if it’s good for either of us if I continue trying to riff on holiday cards, so stay tuned for part 2. Lucky for you, I’ve saved the best for last and the genres of CUTE, OFFBEAT, and CYNICAL will be explored more thoroughly the next time around.