This is one of the coolest coloring-book concepts ever! I have been having so much fun with this book! It's exactly what it says: a collection of Christmas cards with matching envelopes that you can color yourself to send to others.
I broke down and bought a pack of 24 gel pens to share with my kids for coloring these because I thought the vibrant colors would be especially awesome. The paper in this book is really thick and takes the color beautifully!
Here's the front of the first card I colored:
And here's the interior:
You can see they do two cards to a page, fronts and backs on one side of the sheet and interiors on the other. You have to cut them apart when you're done with them, so I'm happy I have a nice paper-cutter to make the cuts straight. But a scissors would work too.
Here's another one I colored. I did mostly gel pens for these, but some colored pencils too. Does that make this "mixed media art" perhaps?
And then there are the envelopes. They're in the back of the book, one for each card. You color them first, and then cut them out and fold along scored lines to make an envelope. The instructions for how to do this are on the inside cover of the book. Here's the envelope that goes with the first card I colored:
Here's the one that goes with the second card:
So here's the first card inside its envelope:
The book comes with stickers to use to close the envelopes because they aren't adhesive in any way. That works pretty well, though if you were sending them through the mail, I think you'd want to tape up the flaps a bit too. I know I will.
This is the front of the envelope:
These cards and envelopes are really big -- the cards are 5"x5" and the envelopes are slightly bigger. So if you send them through the mail, you will need extra postage. The book makes 24 cards in all, and I'm going to let my kids color some of them to send to grandparents and so on. But I'm coloring my favorites myself to give to a few particular friends!