Today I've included a set of links to a selection of e-cards which you can find online at various art galleries and museums....because I just know not all of you will have got your cards done on time! Plus a few comments about e-cards and artists.
There are lots of FREE Christmas e-cards available - and some of the best are on museum sites!
- Victoria and Albert Museum - Christmas e-cards - these are all sent on 25th December
- National Museums Liverpool All proceeds support National Museums Liverpool. Includes specific microsites for : Vintage Christmas and New Year e-cards and the Stewart Bale collection (black and white photos of Christmas stores from the 40s and 50s)
- National Museum of Wales - Christmas e-cards
- Tate Museums - Tate Kids e-cards
- British Library - Christmas e-cards
- Geffrye Museum - Christmas e-cards
Use of e-cards is increasing
More than 2 billion paper cards are bought annually. However did you know that the sale of Christmas cards has dropped significantly? Maybe because many young people don't know to handwrite a letter (sad but true)? Maybe because more people are conscious of the need to be green (me!) and/or are making use of e-cards (me again!)?
40 per cent of 16 to 35-year-olds are now happy to abandon traditional cards in favour of eCards.From a commercial perspective, cards are always an opportunity for artists to get their work in front of people who might not otherwise see it.
The Telegraph online - The eCard vs the traditional Christmas card
What struck me is that e-cards are a way of using your art without the expense of getting cards printed.
It's also a good way to be associated with a good cause. Certain artists are now supporting the charities they support by making an e-card available. So, for example, Kurt Jackson fans can find two of his paintings available as a Christmas e-card on the Friends of the Earth website.
Sending your own e-cards
I like e-cards - and find it very difficult to justify the trees which need to be cut down to generate all the paper cards. However I always wish I could make my own e-cards - but forgot to investigate this early enough this year - again!
So two questions for you:
- Have any of you made your own e-card this year?
- Have any of you tried any of the online websites which explain how to make an e-card? If so, are there are you would like to recommend (or any timewasters you'd like to warn against?)
Be wary of what you click on and only send e-cards from reputable sites. Don't respond to links asking for details of your credit cards. Make sure your security software is up to date. Last year, McAfee uncovered a virus masked as a Christmas e-card from Hallmark.