traditional German spice cookies- mostly because we enjoyed saying "pfeffernüsse". It soon became our private holiday salutation ("Happy Pfeffernüsse", "Merry Pfeffernüsse!"), especially handy since she celebrates Hanukah and I very casually celebrate Christmas. When it came time to make my cards this year, I carried our in-joke one step further, adding the French "Bonne"- and on a few cards, I even added the Spanish inverted exclamation point, for added sabor. Nobody can complain that their "¡Happy German Spice Cookie!" card arrived late this year, that is for sure.
- I drew a cakestand full of spice cookies on tracing paper, rubbed the pencil onto a rubber block, and carved away- for full instructions, please see my post, How To: Make Your Own Rubber Stamps.
- I wanted the cards to have the timeless brown-paper-packages-tied-up-with-string feel of kraft paper, but of course they would need to be much sturdier. All the options at the art store screamed "stationary", until I found a 32"x40" piece of chipboard for $2.79. It was thick, homespun, and large enough to make a ton of cards.
- Measuring...really didn't happen, which is why all of these are different sizes. This is the joy of having a big sheet of cheap paper to work with.
- I stamped the pfeffernüsse in white ink, then sprinkled on Martha Stewart Flocked Embossing powder. I fully realized that most of it would come off in the mail, but it made me happy. A few cards got glitter as well.
- I wrote the greeting, address, and a little note on each one with a white gel pen. I was concerned that the Post Office would be able to read them, but they seem to have all reached their destinations safely. Of course, I still have a big stack yet to send out...no hurry.