Last year, I signed up for the Brooklyn Bride Holiday Card Swap. I had so much fun sending out and receiving handmade cards, that I signed up again for it this year... as well as two other card exchanges. Knowing that I'd be making this year's 20+ cards while visiting Kev's family over Thanksgiving, I decided on a design simple enough to replicate many times over, using items readily available at most large craft stores.
The message that I want to share through this year's card is one of peace, hope and joy... which, to me, are the essence of Christmas itself. The symbol that I chose to represent the season is the dove. Instead of the traditional red and green scheme, I settled on a more tranquil palette of aqua, olive and gold.
Here are the ingredients that I used to make them, as well as a few step-by-step images showing the process.