This year, to save money, I'm making my own holiday cards.
[Envelopes via Paper Source.]
Inspired by vintage textile-covered balls, I've been playing around with the ornament shaped cardstock from Paper Source. It's a terrific blank canvas. Ribbon and photocopies of antique Indian fabrics are what I have on hand, but if you prefer a more ethereal look -- maybe something inspired by Su Blackwell's intricate paper-cut works -- you could use the previously posted open-work papers over the silver cardstock.
And these paper ornaments are also great candidates for all the decorative tapes currently popping up everywhere. Kids can have fun with them, too. I think the Jackson Pollock route would be great, and of course there are always traditional, festive, glittery embellishments. But in the end it's the bespoke envelope liners that pull everything together. That's what I'll be working on over Thanksgiving.
BTW: If you're looking for that wonderful old fashioned stretchy and slightly feathery gold cord, Richard's Variety Store has the budget-friendly kind at its Peachtree Battle location.
See also: Sending Cards: Vogue's View.
The textile prints shown above are from V & A Pattern: Indian Florals and are intended strictly for non-commercial use.