If you’re a holiday procrastinator, like most of us, you probably still have plenty of shopping to do. In fact, you probably still have a list of folks to send your holiday cards out to. And if you’re a serious procrastinator, you probably still need to actually purchase those holiday cards. If you’re looking to really send out the Austin spirit over the holidays, check out some of these local sources for amazing cards.
Snag Those Cards — Quick!
South Austin Designs
This Etsy shop is very straightforward with its bold, Austin-inspired graphics. Their honky tonk folded card may not scream holidays, but one of the letters contains a pic of the Zilker Christmas tree, so that counts, right? You can even grab a few of the blank cards to color to give more of a personal touch.
We love the sweet and simple designs of local printmakers, Wknd Press. This red Be Merry, Be Bright card can even be personalized with a 3-line message inside. Find similar designs and gift tags on their website.
Polkadot Paper Company
This website from a local artisan is just full of family friendly items, so plan to go a little crazy while you’re there. We especially love the Howdy From Texas, Y’all holiday cards, the Merry Christmas from Austin red skyline cards, and the Merry Christmas from Austin snowflake cards. Engage the kids in the holidays with the 12 Days of Christmas Reading Countdown Calendar and these adorable holiday fill-in thank you notes in penguin and snowman.
Of course, Etsy is full of plenty of local designers. A quick search gave us 755 results! Here are a few of our favorites:
Cactus Holiday Card by TexasBornandWed
The incredibly hilarious 12 Days of Austin Holiday Card by SamHurtArt
In keeping with the Austin spirit, Let’s Get Weird and Blame it on the Holidays card by feb10design
Do It Yourself
DIY – Austin Graffiti Walls
You can always just make your own cards! Photos with your own Santa, reindeer, or even a few elves in front of some of Austin’s classic graffiti walls are charming and fairly cheap. Just dress up, snap a pic, and send it on over to a professional photo printer for quick results.
DIY – Rubber Stamps
Fancy yourself a bit crafty, especially around the holidays? These may be making it in a bit close to the wire of the 25th, but if you order a few Austiny rubber stamps, grab a pack of blank greeting cards and a few accessories (markers, stamp pads, colored pencils, glitter, embossing powders, etc), you’ll have the most unique cards you can possibly send.
Choose from Have a Very Austin Christmas, Happy Holidays from Austin, or just shove this cartoon cowboy in front of a Christmas tree and call it a day.
DIY – Holiday Lettering Workshop
For just $45 the Paper + Craft Pantry will help you create your own holiday cards. Their workshop on December 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. focuses on brush lettering. The workshop will be taught by Ashley Austin of local stationery studio Fine Day Press who will teach you the basics of brush lettering and help you make your cards beautiful. All materials will be provided, and you’ll leave with a set of 12 cards to send to family and friends. Register here.
hey ATX friends! Come join me this Sunday afternoon for a little holiday merry-making! I'm teaching a Brush-Lettered Holiday Cards workshop at @thepapercraftpantry – You'll learn the basics of brush lettering and get to make a bunch of hand-lettered holiday cards – the perfect handmade greeting to send to family & friends ???? ……. To sign up, go to www.thepapercraftpantry.com/workshops ?
And if you’re looking to DIY other items this holiday season, you won’t want to miss these great artisan workshops.
Featured photo from Polkadot Paper Company