Win a Handcrafted Christmas Card!

Guess what my family is doing in this year’s handcrafted Christmas card, and I’ll send you one!

Illustrating my Christmas cards has been a fun family tradition for a long time. The first cards included one or two drawings reproduced by a professional printer. They didn’t take much time at all. Easy peasy.

Illustrated early Lindau family Christmas cards

But easy peasy brings on boredom, which can lead to big-time crazy. When I get an idea, I’m like a starving dog with a t-bone. I won’t let go. (Okay, so I’ve been bingeing Ted Lasso.)

Behold the popup cards.

Some were more complex than others, but they took an exorbitant amount of time. As if the holiday season isn’t hectic enough. One year, I missed a friend’s Christmas party to finish them, so they would arrive on time. Talk about being stressed out. Where’s the fun in that?

The Christmas tree popup card on the right was returned-to-sender for more postage. Everyone received them on New Year’s. The card with the gravestones marked with years included twisting mechanisms. So many pieces!

Handmade Christmas card contest! This year's version won't be as time-consuming, I hope. Holiday tips and tricks, Christmas traditions and ideas, Illustrations, Diys, crafting #Christmas #holidays #traditions #family #illustration

After those debacles, I tried to keep the cutting and pasting to a minimum, but there’s beauty in the layers, don’t you think?

For the last few years, I simplified—one without a popup and the other with only one sheet of paper cut and pasted. Neither of them took very long.

So that’s a lie. The drawings below took a while to sketch before inking.

Not sure what I was thinking this year.

I’m taking a class to write a pilot for a television series and had no idea I would be writing through the holidays. I needed to simplify. Go back to basics. Nope. Once I get an idea, I won’t let go of that bone.

It’s time to guess!

Have an idea about what I drew in this year’s card? Leave your guess in the comments, and I’ll send you one! It doesn’t matter where you live.

What are your holiday traditions? Do you ever get an idea that consumes you? Are you a vegetarian or a steak lover?

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  1. I look forward to this POST – oh so much creativity, fun, and of course a guessing game!

    I need to kick it into gear and get busy. It is a busy time at work and then we had a very dear family member pass away a few months back that has all of us doing the ups and downs this Holiday Season.

    I have to say my weakness is ornaments and have way too many and would consume the inside of my house if I displayed them all.

    Happy Holidays 🙂 Loveandhugs Take Care & Be Blessed


    1. Thanks, Renee!
      I’m sorry to hear about your loss. It’s always more keen during the holidays.
      I know what you mean about ornaments! There are so many cute ones on sale this year too.
      Holiday blessings to you too!


  2. I still have the one I won from you a couple of years ago and I just love it. It gets displayed every year! So all your hard work is worth it. I want to say your card this year will involve a computer and writing a script but that is just a wild guess.


  3. Susie, I have so enjoyed your writings over the years. You have been an inspiration and joy-giver to so many! Guessing some expecting news, but it’s just a wild guess! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Patty


    1. Thank you so much, Patty! It’s so great to “see” you. Wow! You made my day. I hope all is well.
      Thanks for stopping by and guessing.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  4. Writing a pilot sounds fun and different. I hope you’re not too stressed between the writing and the card. So I’ll guess that the activity has something to do with pets, because they are such great de-stressors!


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