Check out artists’ homemade Xmas cards

It’s that time of year again! And we understand how it goes: You know you really should send out seasonal greetings to friends and assorted loved ones, but between picking out stationary and tracking down all those addresses (plus, who bothers with stamps anymore?), it all starts to feel like a holiday headache. For inspirational purposes, we suggest you check out these very cool examples of what handmade Christmas cards can look like when they are designed by artists.

The Smithsonian’s Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture has more than 100 of these cards currently on display, but you can see 34 examples on its site; the selection includes offerings from Philip Guston, Alexander Calder and Frederick Hammersley. The cards were made strictly for personal use, and they provide a fascinating and intimate glimpse into the artistic mind through both their methodology and their recipients (often fellow artists). And remember, everyone likes a personalized card …

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