From Geordie Snowmen to Kissing Puffins: How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Card
Whether you hand them out to your friends or post them far and wide, Christmas cards are such a lovely way to send well wishes to loved ones during the festive season. The right card can say a thousand words, and that’s before you put pen to paper.
In this month’s blog, I want to share some of my new cards, as well as the old favourites returning to my shelves for another year. We’ll also discuss the environmental impact of Christmas cards and how to be sure you’re shopping ethically this year.
Finding the perfect Christmas card
When choosing your Christmas cards, consider the environmental impact of buying and sending cards. You might already be aware of the damage wrapping paper has on the environment - but what about cards?
A recent study found that producing a single Christmas card emits 140g of CO2. And that’s before you consider how the recipient then disposes of the card after Christmas is over. The shops are full of glittery, plasticky cards that cannot be recycled and, as a result, they end up in landfills every year.
These issues were are the forefront of my mind when designing the 2022 range of Christmas cards. All of my cards come with a recycled white paper envelope. They are printed right here in the United Kingdom on sustainably board. I even post all of my cards naked, without a cello sleeve, so there’s minimum waste.
If you are keen to support a local business this year, then why not pick up some North East Christmas cards from my online shop or pop by the Cullercoats gallery to browse in person?
This year, I’ve got some old favourites and some brand new designs - as well as my annual charity card to support RNLI Cullercoats, which I’ve been painting for three years!
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of this year’s cards.
Your favourite football lover will appreciate this adorable design. Two frosty friends celebrate a woolly hat trick in the snow. Most of my art is inspired by the beautiful coastline and countryside of my home region, so it was really fun to design and paint this cute twosome for a new card added to the range this year.
Puffins and Mistletoe
It wouldn’t be a Joanne Wishart Christmas without a visit from these Northumberland natives. Did you know puffins mate for life? This card is the perfect way to show a loved one that you’re thinking about them this December.
A Festive Dip
Every year, hundreds of brave bodies flock to the beach to take part in the Boxing Day dip. This card is inspired by those crazy sea lovers who embark on this freezing-cold swim!
A Wintery Dog Walk
Dog lovers are always happy to be allowed to return to our beaches as the weather gets cooler. This card depicts a lovely couple all wrapped up warm for their early morning, joined by their happy pooch on the golden sands of one of our beloved Northumberland beaches.
Another gorgeous card for couples, this one is inspired by the Eskimo Kiss - two cold noses rubbing together against a snowy backdrop.
2022 RNLI Christmas Card
Every year, I design a brand new Christmas card to support the local branch of RNLI. As a coastal business, I see the hard-working volunteers embark on lifesaving missions on the shores of my local beach. This is my way of supporting the fantastic charity. This year’s painting is entitled “Safely Home” and depicts the lifeboat returning to Cullercoats on a cold winter night.
For every box of cards, £5 goes directly to this wonderful cause. This card proves very popular each year, so I highly recommend getting your order in early.
Learn more about the Cullercoats RNLI in this blog post from last year.
These are just some of my Christmas cards available for the 2022 festive season. You can browse the full selection of cards, and other North East-inspired gifts, in my online shop or pop by the gallery on St George's Road, Cullercoats. We’re open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.