- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 74
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 1 Sept. 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0857637260
- Size: 29 x 1.1 x 27 cm
I was rather excited to receive this beautiful book as I handmade my Christmas Cards. This year I can colour them instead. I already own The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Flowers and Butterflies so I knew that this would be the same beautiful quality and well-made book. The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Rebecca Jones is a large square book. It is glue bound and contains 24 x Christmas Cards to colour, 24 x Envelopes to make and colour, and 24 stickers to seal the envelopes with. the cover is aqua and white with a beautiful wreath design surrounded by Christmas motifs. It is further decorated with red foiling. Open the book and on the inside of the front cover is easy to follow simple instructions accompanied with diagrams of how to make your cards and envelopes, which is very simple as most of the work besides colouring has been done for you as you will see.
There are 24 cards to colour, all made from good quality cardstock and there are two per page. They are perforated for easy removal (fold first along the perforated line then you won’t get any tearing mistakes), the separate cards are already almost cut out and scored down the middle ready for folding. This makes removal easy – just tear along the perforation and detach the small parts where each card is still joined. Then cut along the line near the perforated edge and the little ‘tabs’ that are left to neaten your card up and fold along the pre-scored line and you have a card sized 13cm x 13cm (5″ x 5″) square when folded. You can choose to colour the designs in the book before you remove them or take it out of the book and then colour it.
The illustrations are beautiful. Modern, cute and festive with just the right level of detail. There are cute polar bears, birds, reindeer, santa, trees, holly, stockings, wreaths and more giving a good variety of themes and motifs and types of designs to suite different recipients. There is a beautiful design on the front of each. Open the card to find a simple motif on the left side with a decorative border on the right ready for you to write your message. On the back of each card is a decorative “coloured for you by” plate with space to write your name on. They are beautifully made, the perforations and cuts are crisp and well-done so removal is easy
After the cards are the envelope pages. There are again 24 different designs, each made to coordinate with its matching card. These are made from good quality thick paper. To remove again tear out the page carefully along the perforation and cut along the line inside the perforated one to neaten the edges. All the folds are pre-scored so all you need to do is colour and follow the simple folding instructions on the inside front cover. The envelopes feature a central design which will be the front of your envelope, coordinating designs on each of the main four flaps and a patterned wallpaper repeat design on the reverse which will be the inside of your envelopes. Many of the main designs are almost as detailed as the card fronts so would probably be best for the family and friends that you are giving the cards to by hand, although there are a few with simple corner motifs or ones that allow space for adding address details for those you wish to post.
The last page of the book contains 24 stickers to seal the envelopes with. These are pre-coloured and cut out, all you need to do is peel them off the background sheet and stick down the main flap of your envelope to seal it.
I chose to colour this medium detailed illustration with its cute santas, mice on mushrooms, trees, presents, puddings, gingerbread men, stockings and other festive motifs. I found it a joy to colour and it took my water-based Stabilo power felt-tip pens well with no hint of shadowing, bleed-through or feathering of ink. They will equally take pencils or gel pens well. I have taken a variety of photographs to show you all the designs coloured. I chose only to add a few splashes of colour on the inside of the envelope as I didn’t want to colour all the little details, but this is a personal choice and will look good coloured, partially coloured or left black and white. I thoroughly enjoyed colouring them and will definitely be colouring my own cards to send this year.
If you intend to send many this Christmas I highly recommend buying and starting colouring in this book as soon. Nosy Crow Books also have The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes by Sarah Walsh which is released 6 October. They are just the right size for a small gift of handmade chocolate, sweets, biscuits and other small items. They would perfectly compliment these cards for your special friends and relatives – please also check out my review and flip through for that one too.
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