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6 Shops for Holiday Cards to Brighten Up Their Mailboxes

Dec 3, 2019

by Julie Schneider

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Are you as head-over-heels for the new season of Making It as we are? (If you missed the first two episodes, fear not: You can still stream them on Hulu with plenty of time to follow along through the rest of the season as it airs on NBC over the next two weeks.) At the heart of the latest episode was a “Master Craft” challenge dedicated to making mailboxes. The contestants’ creations truly pushed the envelope—in unexpected and deeply personal ways. “These makers, their skills are just beyond,” gushes returning Making It judge and Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. ”They really let their creativity explode and take you to places you never would’ve thought a mailbox would go.”

The contestants' creations from tonight's Master Craft challenge
The contestants’ creations from tonight’s Master Craft challenge

As lifelong lovers of snail mail who get downright misty-eyed at the sight of a crisp envelope with our name inked across it amid a sea of catalogs and credit card bills, the episode really spoke to us. And with the holiday season in full swing, we’re eager to create some extra-special mailbox moments for our family and friends by hand-writing thoughtful messages inside delightful, artist-designed cards. To help you do the same, we’ve rounded up six Etsy shops that stock festive, funny, and beautiful holiday cards—because there’s nothing better than a letter to say hello-ho-ho.

Shirley Bell

"Merry Christmas" owl card from Shirley Bell
SHOP: Owl card from Shirley Bell, from $5

A lobster sledding down a snowy slope. A holiday party of great white sharks raising a toast. A blue crab clutching a holly sprig. “The natural world is my subject matter,” writes Shirley Bell, a watercolor painter who pulls inspiration from the animal kingdom and the nautical scenery that surrounds her New England studio for her cards, prints, and printed-porcelain ornaments.

cynla

New Years card from cynla
SHOP: New Year card from cynla, $4.75

For Cindy LaColla of cynla, drawing is a method of releasing stress and focusing on what matters in life—something we could all stand to do more of come December. The results are inviting, warm, and bright, conveying messages of encouragement and cheer in her distinctive, hand-lettered style.

Yeppie Paper

"season's greetings" holiday card from Yeppie Paper
SHOP: Skiers card from Yeppie Paper, $4.50

There’s no better holiday-card origin story than the one behind Jennifer Lee Gregoire and Jim Lee’s shop Yeppie Paper. The brother-sister duo dreamed up their line six years ago, while digesting Thanksgiving dinner; by evening’s end, they’d mapped out a rough business plan with Jennifer’s original illustrations at its center. The aesthetic is pure fun: all wintery scenes and charming critters, including a mouse reminding you to have yourself a cozy little Christmas and a trio of hound dogs crowing, “Happy howlidays!

Say Something Cards

"Happy Hanukkah" dove card from Say Something Cards
SHOP: Hanukkah dove card from Say Something Cards, $4.50

With their minimal shapes and clean white backgrounds, Chien-Yu Chen’s designs for Say Something Cards have an innocent vibe that recalls the simple pleasures of childhood holidays. Choose whichever seasonal symbol—a peace dove bearing Happy Hanukkah greetings, a kitschy Christmas sweater, or a sweet snow globe—speaks to you.

Kayleigh Radcliffe

Polar bear holiday card from Kayleigh Radcliffe
SHOP: Polar bear card from Kayleigh Radcliffe, $4

Kayleigh Radcliffe makes Christmas cards for animal lovers. Illustrated in muted hues, a merry band of anthropomorphic characters adorn each card, twinkling with good cheer. On the back of each festive design (all blank inside), a surprise tidbit about the animal awaits. A dapper candy cane–toting polar bear is described this way: “Teddy likes the falling snow, it makes him positively aglow.”

Sarah Angst Art

Wreath holiday card from Sarah Angst Art
SHOP: Wreath card from Sarah Angst Art, $4

In a nostalgic style reminiscent of stained-glass, Sarah Angst Art’s cards pop with saturated, bold colors and timeless motifs that include a wreath nestled with cardinals, a tangle of string lights, and a striking pair of pinecones. Available in sets or individually, each card features a reproduction of the artist’s original linoleum block prints.

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Animal Paws Holiday Christmas Card - "Happy Pawlidays!" - ID: HOL104
Animal Paws Holiday Christmas Card - "Happy Pawlidays!" - ID: HOL104
$4.50 USD
owl Christmas cards- trapper hat- woodland cards-  owl christmas cards-  Birders Christmas cards- Burrowing owl watercolor
owl Christmas cards- trapper hat- woodland cards- owl christmas cards- Birders Christmas cards- Burrowing owl watercolor
$5.00 USD
Bright Happy New Year Card - Holiday card, New years day, starry, city card, happy new year greeting cards, bright red chinese new year
Bright Happy New Year Card - Holiday card, New years day, starry, city card, happy new year greeting cards, bright red chinese new year
$4.75 USD
Snowy Mountain Skiers Holiday Christmas Card - "Season's Greetings" - ID: HOL105
Snowy Mountain Skiers Holiday Christmas Card - "Season's Greetings" - ID: HOL105
$4.50 USD
Dove Happy Hanukkah Card
Dove Happy Hanukkah Card
$4.50 USD
Teddy the polar bear Christmas card. Vintage style/ illustrated/ bear Christmas card/ arctic/ polar bear stationary/ winter polar bear/ snow
Teddy the polar bear Christmas card. Vintage style/ illustrated/ bear Christmas card/ arctic/ polar bear stationary/ winter polar bear/ snow
$4.09 USD
Blank Greeting Card: Wreath by Sarah Angst Art (Holiday Card)
Blank Greeting Card: Wreath by Sarah Angst Art (Holiday Card)
$4.00 USD

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