December 27, 2010

Holiday Tidings -- Nutcracker Suite Inspired Mixed Media Christmas Card

For our family Christmas card this year I created a mixed-media collage using bits of vintage paper, ephemera, and vintage images printed from the computer.  The Nutcracker is "played" by my youngest daughter (who fancies herself a bit of a tomboy).  The body of the "Nutcracker" is from an old French paper doll set. "Clara" is "played" by my eldest daughter.  Her body was made from a copy of a photograph of my paternal grandmother when she was a child.  After completing the collage, I scanned it in to my computer and uploaded it to an online service that printed the image on personalized postcards.  The postcards were a no-brainer, since they were unique, cost-effective, and a greener option than our usual Christmas cards, since they use less paper and don't require envelopes.

To all of the wonderful people who've made my year special by being a part of the positive vibes and creative sharing here at Rook No. 17, I wish you the warmest and happiest of holidays.  

I'm taking a few days off from the blogosphere to enjoy some time with my husband and daughters, and am determined to spend as much time in my new fuzzy slippers as is possible.

Here's to you enjoying your greatest joys and comforts just the same.  



  1. Christmas postcards! I'm smacking my forehead right now. Of course. So obviously the best eco-friendly option! (I have a soft spot for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's X-mas card selection and ended up spending way too much money and paper on cards each year.)

    Your greetings turned out so cute!

  2. I love collages like this. In fact, my 2010 calendar was of collages, one on each page, made from exotic and vintage papers. Your card is the prettiest collage I've ever seen! Whoever gets one should always keep it!! Now put your beslippered feet up on the couch, take a deep breath, and enjoy some rest!

  3. Hi! Hope you are enjoying your days with your family. Thank you so much for your nice note. It means a lot to me. Wishing you a happy healthy new year!

  4. This is a BEAUTIFUL Christmas card! I will have to do something like this some day! Love it! And I'm excited for the Little Birdie project!


  5. That postcard is absolutely gorgeous and was, no doubt, a big hit with all those who received it! I ran out of time to send most of my cards this year and have been thinking of using a service next year. You may have just convinced me!

    Enjoy time with your family! If you have time, though, make a quick stop at my place because I'm having a giveaway I think you might like.

  6. What a wonderful Christmas card. Great Inspiration. Have a Happy New Year.

  7. What an interesting card! :) I could never attempt something like that, i think....mine would probably just look like random things glued on with nothing matching, haha.


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