Steve Mack Illustrated Holiday Cards

Steve Mack Holiday Cards

Though the holidays are officially over, I can’t resist telling you about a magical holiday countdown that I can’t believe I missed during December. Illustrator Steve Mack shared a card per day from his 2009 personal holiday card collection, and every day is a treat. I love his style, and that color palette is fantastic! You can check out a few cards from Steve’s collection below, and you can see every card in the countdown over at his blog, Spot Illustration.

Steve Mack Holiday Cards

images from Steve Mack

Facebook Holiday Gifts

I’m sure that I say this every year, but wow did the holidays speed on by! I hope that everyone had a good season, and if this is your first day back, as it is mine, I hope that it’s easy for you to get back into the swing of things.

Facebook Letterpress Holiday Gift

Oh, to be one of Facebook’s top advertisers and to receive one of their absolutely incredible holiday gifts! These 19″ x 19″ square art posters are printed, embossed, and foiled to perfection down to the last little detail, and there are so many of said details that I could probably stare at this for hours just taking in all of Facebook designer Ben Barry’s signature illustrative and typographic details.

Facebook Letterpress Holiday Gift

The shark detail is awesome:

Facebook Letterpress Holiday Gift

The awesomeness continues in the packaging of the holiday gift, which features custom rubber stamping, packaging tape, and ridiculously cool silkscreened wood tokens that include a custom code that recipients can redeem for a charitable donation.

Facebook Letterpress Holiday Gift

Check out many more images from Facebook’s 2009 holiday gift project, including preliminary sketches of the poster and details, over at For Print Only.

images from FPO

Holiday Break

Happy Holidays

I’m wrapping up for the year today and wanted to wish all of you who celebrate a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I can’t express how much I appreciate that you take time out of your day to visit Paper Crave, and your emails, comments, and feedback have helped make this a great year. What can I say? You guys rock!

I’m looking forward to taking a little break to reflect and to re-energize, and I’ll also be working on some exciting projects that are in the works for 2010. I’ll see you back here in January, and here’s to a happy, healthy 2010!

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Holiday Paper Crafts Roundup

As all of the chaos surrounding the holidays begins to die down, I start thinking about little crafts that I can make during the last few days before Christmas. Ornaments are almost always on my list because they’re usually not as involved a craft, and if you can make several in a short period of time then they may even serve as additional embellishment for those last few gifts that you have to wrap. Here’s a little roundup of some of the ornament and small packaging crafts that have caught my eye this season, and I hope that you’ll find one or more that catch your eye, too.

Holiday Paper Crafts

Clockwise, from top left:

* Yasmine from A Print a Day shares adorable holiday themed printable patterned papers that you can use in many of the crafts in this roundup — matching gift tags and cute to do lists are available, too

* Learn how to make sweet gift containers from tp tubes and egg cartons. I love the painted wood grain!

* Lovely, modern paper teardrop ornaments from Patricia at A Little Hut. These are so simple to make, and such a great result!

* Jessica from How About Orange shows us how to make cool 3D paper ornaments using circles of paper

* Get the pattern for this gorgeous quilled snowflake, courtesy of Deb Mackes, over at the always inspiring All Things Paper

* Amazing that toilet paper tubes can become such pretty things. Check out the tutorial for these pretty tp tube flower ornaments from Scraplog



Holiday Paper Crafts

Clockwise, from top left:

* Learn how to make pretty paper cardinal ornaments with a template and tutorial from Cheeky Magpie

* German paper stars have always been one of my favorites, and you can learn how to make them in this tutorial from Abigail Mooney

* Make a beautiful, glittered winter garland with templates and instructions from A Field Journal – found via Whip Up

* Make Something Happy shares a neato idea for making paper stockings out of recycled grocery bags (thank you, Trader Joe’s!)

* Find out how to make pretty little tree ornaments using book pages over at How to … Do Something. Side note: I had no idea that Staying Alive was available as a book! Check out the tutorial to see what I’m talking about. – found via One Pretty Thing

* Learn how to create lovely German bell ornaments with this tutorial from Ann Martin at All Things Paper

images from their respective owners