Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Favorite Cards That I Made in the '00s

Most of My Favorite....of the '00s lists have, directly or indirectly, celebrated the creativity of others. But as someone who enjoys being creative myself, I have posted my favorite photographs, professional creations and now, greeting cards. Yes, greeting cards.

I cannot remember the last time I gave someone a store-bought card, save for a condolence card or two. Since my early 20s, I have made annual holiday cards, as well as cards to celebrate birthdays, births, weddings, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and more.

While I have tried to save a copy of each card I made, I haven't always done so (especially of birthday/going away cards for work colleagues over the years). So what's below really represents My Favorite Cards That I Made in the '00s Which I Remember and Have Available to Show. (I've never tried to sell my cards, as most are either one-of-a-kind or violate copyright laws. Still I maintain the copyright on all concepts and wording shown.)

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1. This and the next one are what I'll call Topical Stream of Puns cards. I have several more similar ones, which I'll put below the Honorable Mention rather than fill up the top 10 with one theme. I'm not sure who I originally gave this Art Card to; perhaps my friend Wendy.

2. Beatles Card - This was a birthday card for a huge Beatles fan I used to work with

3. My best friend Jordan has probably been the recipient of more of my cards than anyone else over the years. My all-time favorite for him precedes the '00s--I replicated the Sgt. Pepper's album cover with images of him--but I think this was my favorite for him this decade.

4. This was a pretty simple concept for Mother's Day one year, but I think I did a fairly good job with the Photoshopping, even if the punch line wasn't all that great.

5. I could really only find about 5 of 10 year-end Holiday Cards, but I think this one was my favorite. From 2002, after a trip to Italy that year.

6. Also created for Jordan, this was from 2006, when a whole lot of stupid things seemed to be happening.

7. Most of my cards for my nephews and niece have featured a big, funny photo of them, without much Photoshopping. This one of Jacob from 2004, when he turned 6, is one of my favorites.

8. A birthday card for a friend who was constantly too busy.

9. A birthday card for my Mom, who is a pretty active theatergoer.

10. A simple concept for my brother-in-law Howard, but the photo made it work.

Honorable Mention:

Be sure to notice my sister Allison on this one:

Additional Topical Stream of Puns Cards:

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