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HoliDIY: Book Cover Inspired Holiday Cards

Eee! I’ve been so excited to share this post with you for a year. A YEAR.

So today here it is. This whole project was one of those happy accidents. You see… I planned on making a book cover-inspired card for Magan as part of her Christmas present and I did. And then, I thought what if I did made this for this person and what if I did that for another? It kind of spun out of control from there, and I found myself two days before Christmas, sitting on my floor with wine, tons of art supplies, and Love Actually playing in the background. Oh, and I stayed up until 3 a.m.

Crafting cards has always been a therapeutic hobby for me so coming up with an idea, seeing if it actually works out, and having a finished product to give to someone? It’s one tinsel-riffic feeling. (Yes, I really said that.)

Before I prep my living room for another artsy explosion or two, I’m getting into the spirit and posting the cards I crafted last year. I hope you get a kick out of them!

Homemade Code Name Verity Holiday Card

Construction paper and white colored pencil.

Add Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein to Goodreads

Homemade The Diviners by Libba Bray Card

Calendar image for the background, magazine cut out for the eye, construction paper and white colored pencil.

Add The Diviners by Libba Bray to Goodreads

Homemade Love and Other Perishable Items Card

Plastic, silver yarn, silver and pink glitter paper.

Add Love and Other Perishable Items to Goodreads | Magan’s Review

Homemade Fault In Our Stars Holiday Card

Silver Sharpie, white colored pencil, light blue cardstock, black paper.

Add The Fault in Our Stars by John Green to Goodreads

Homemade Tiger Lily Holiday Card

Watercolor for the flower, white colored pencil, and black paper.

Add Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson to Goodreads

Homemade Cinder Card

Watercolor background, red and black paper, white colored pencil, and foil for the “bones”.

Add Cinder by Marissa Meyer to Goodreads | Magan’s Review

Homemade Attachments Holiday Card

Textured paper and a paper clip.

Add Attachments by Rainbow Rowell to Goodreads

And the card that started it all…

Homemade Second Chance Summer Holiday Card

Watercolor and gold Sharpie marker.

Add Second Chance Summer to Goodreads | Magan’s review

And that’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed checking these out.
What 2013 covers do you think I should considering making this year?
I do have a few in mind but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

December 19, 2014 - 8:00 am

I'll Be DIY-ing for Christmas | Bookish Cards - […] time last year, I shared some of the book cover inspired holiday cards I made in 2012 and today I’m about to show you some of my 2013 creations. Each card is […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Lisa - Wow! I love theses! I think my favorites would have to be Attachments and Cinder! You’re so creative…I’m jealous! Thanks for this awesome post!

Lisa
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December 25, 2013 - 2:13 am

Secret Santas, Thanksmas, and Holiday Cheer! | The Book Addict's Guide - […] HI. That card? Flipping fantastic! (And in case you missed it, she had a whole post on her fabulous YA Book themed holiday cards) She MADE ME A MIX TAPE of Christmas songs! How lovely is that?! That’s one of my favorite […]

December 9, 2013 - 1:30 am

Johannah - I love these cards! Such a creative idea! I’m not that crafty with stuff that isn’t in photoshop sadly. Great work!

December 6, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Shelly - Woah these are so awesome and creative! Definitely going to attempt this once haha, thanks for sharing! 🙂

December 6, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Alexa Y. - I seriously love the card that you made for me, and it hangs on a place of honor on the wall above my book stacks in the apartment! It’s so cool how amazing you are at crafts — I should probably hire you to make cards for me sometime. Or at least teach me your awesome ways!

December 6, 2013 - 11:23 am

Candice - Love these! What perfect cards for a book lover! 🙂

December 5, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Anna - GORGEOUS! I still keep the one you sent me and look at it often and smile!

December 4, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Jess Michaelangelo - These are simply AWESOME! You are so creative! 🙂

December 4, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Leah - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Colored pencils and glitter make my heart happy and I’m so overly jealous of your creativity! 🙂 I’d like to give this idea a shot on the next rainy (although in this case, snowy) day!

December 4, 2013 - 10:20 am

alice-jane - I love these! I love how you echoed the book covers in your card designs and how you used a real paper clip when you made the card for Attachment. Definitely looking forward to what cards you’ll be making this year!

December 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Bookworm1858 - Wow-these are amazing! You are so talented. For covers, I wouldn’t mind seeing Scarlet to match with Cinder’s.

December 3, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Sydney - These are absolutely amazing! And inspiring. I might try this out for a friend of mine who has a favorite series. I think she would definitely enjoy it.

December 3, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Rebecca - These are so cool! I especially love The Diviners one. I would have loved to receive of these, so bookish pretty and clever!

December 3, 2013 - 8:08 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - These are so cute! I love them. I wish I had more time for card-making and general craftiness, too. I might have this be the craft we do at my December Book Club meeting at the library, though!

December 3, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Nicole - OMG I LOVE THESE TO PIECES!!!!! You are so amazingly talented I wish I could create something this lovely (i’ve never been the creative or artsy type). You should start an etsy shop or something. I would totally pay money for one of these pretties!!!!

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

December 3, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Ellie - I love these! Especially the Code Name Verity one.

December 3, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Tara - Hey, I recognize one of those 😉 Seriously, you are so unbelievably creative–I wish I had an ounce of your genius!

December 3, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Annie - These are so pretty and creative! I especially like The Diviners one. Homemade Christmas cards are the best and even more so when they’re bookish! 🙂

December 3, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Chloe - OMG! What a cool idea! This a cool project I would like to do with my mom.

December 3, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Colleen @ Leenie Always Reading - These are awesome. I wish I was even a fourth as creative.

December 3, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - These are super cool! I can’t believe you waited a year to share them with the blog world. My level of creativity is so low I can’t even come up with any good ideas for this year.

December 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Stormy - These are awesome! I was going to say I think the one for Cinder is my favorite but the more I look at them, the more I can’t decide. I do really love the one for Attachments with the paperclip! But they’re all so good. The Code Name Verity one is so pretty.

December 3, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - I LOVE these! You’re so creative. 🙂

December 3, 2013 - 12:34 pm

ashley - These are amazing. I wish I was half as creative as you!

December 3, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow. Just wow. There are no words for how incredible these are!!!!

December 3, 2013 - 11:11 am

Julie@my5monkeys - Those are so beautiful 🙂 Love all the pretty covers

December 3, 2013 - 11:10 am

Lucy - You are so clever! What a fun gift idea for book lovers, and I bet they were fun for you to make as well. Thanks for sharing these! They are all awesome but I think Cinder, Love & Perishable, and Attachments are my faves.

December 3, 2013 - 10:54 am

Rachel - Estelle oh my gosh these are amazing!! I don’t have the patience for things like this, but I loooveeee looking at pretty cards. I absolutely adore the Tiger Lily one, and the one for Second Chance Summer. But seriously, SO AWESOME.

December 3, 2013 - 9:36 am

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - These are FANTASTIC! Look at how creative and cute you are! 🙂 I absolutely LOVE these!

December 3, 2013 - 9:28 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying here! I absolutely love all of these. You’re so creative!

December 3, 2013 - 9:27 am

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - *stares*

These are fantastic, Estelle! Wow and they’re like a minimal versions which is always a good thing. Awesome work =D

December 3, 2013 - 9:26 am

Betty - ESTELLE. These are beautiful!!! Forget the diner, we need to have a craft date! Well, can’t we do both?? I think my favorite is Code Name Verity!! Ooooh… Attachments is pretty sweet though too! They all are!! Mad props to that creative brain of yours.

December 3, 2013 - 9:25 am

Nidhi @ Literature Martini - OH MY GOD! These are absolutely amazing! Great job!

December 3, 2013 - 9:14 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I LOVE THESE!!! How unique and special!! Amazing job, Estelle!

December 3, 2013 - 9:12 am

Jamie - OBSESSED WITH THESE! I loved seeing all the other ones I knew you worked on! They came out AMAZING OMG. Can I say I’m jealous of your skillz??

December 3, 2013 - 9:11 am

Maya - Oh, these are lovely! And such a good idea as well. Do post pics if you make more this year! 😉

December 3, 2013 - 9:11 am

Meg - Such a clever, creative and lovely idea! You’re quite talented. I’m sure mine would look like something cobbled together by a kindergartner . . . very impressive! (Also, love the idea of sitting down with wine and a holiday movie to make these! That’s what I do with my Christmas cards each year. Think I’ll rock a good-and-cheesy holiday Hallmark flick for this year’s session.)

December 3, 2013 - 9:06 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I SEE MY CARD!!! I absolutely adore it Estelle.. even a year later 🙂 It’s hanging on my magnetic board at home, above my desk and I consider it art — because it is! I can’t wait to see what you create this year. I hope you’ll post pics again. These are so great!

December 3, 2013 - 9:05 am

elena - YAY!!! i love finally seeing all the cards together and i def treasure mine!! these are so pretty and creative. love the paper clip in attachments and watercolor of second chance summer and how you incorporated quotes!

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