Monday, November 29, 2010

Make Your Own Family Christmas Card - An Early Start

I started our Family Christmas Card a little early this year - so that if it is a total flop - I can do something else...

...I used to make these pen and ink doodles in my notebooks all the time when I was in high school - I love the way the ink smells and the way it stains your hand as you're working on it...

...I've done some pen and ink drawings since then - but they're always with black ink - mostly I draw with pencil (and some charcoal) - I know you're still waiting on the pen & ink of your house Lee and I'm still working on it (maybe by Christmas - you've only been married a year - right?)...

...when I was in high school I always used blue ink...

...so when I got to thinking about this year's Christmas card this idea popped into my head - it's a manger scene that I saw on a bulletin cover sometime in my past - only done in blue ink...

...I love the feeling of 'shift' when I start working on a drawing - it's a definite change in perception (I'm a very left brain person - very lingual - so when I switch to a right brain visual function I can really feel it)...

...very peaceful and unhindered by the day to day - it's really hard to explain...

...I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning out - Scout absolutely loves it...

...I definitely should have used some thicker paper - this was just regular card stock and I should have used a nice thick watercolour paper...

Our family picture will go in the white space and I'll just have 100 or so printed as regular 4x6 pictures - so this will be a very frugal Christmas Card if I wait until one of the big Photo printing companies does a 9¢ or 10¢ per print sale and I'll have all my cards printed for less than $10.00 - I make the 4x6 envelopes out of scrap office paper so those are free as well

16 comments:

  1. Wow, what talent! Those are beautiful cards. :)

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  2. well, it will be neat to get that...the surprise will be the photo, i suppose!

    love, k

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  3. I think your card is lovely! You are incredibly talented! You make your own envelopes?! Wow. :) xo Angela

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  4. Beautiful drawing. The recipients of those cards are very lucky.

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  5. That is so beautiful! I wish I could do something so clever for our Christmas card; I get tired of the same old photo card year after year. I think that prints at Snapfish.com are always 9 cents.

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  6. your card is going to be so pretty! i love the lettering! very nice.

    i'm making our cards this year, too, i think . . .

    and we found, cut, and put up our tree on sunday . . . we'll decorate it throughout the week.

    happy Advent season to you.

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  7. Wow. You should etsy those! That's prettier than any card I've seen in expensive card shops!

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  8. Looks great!

    You should look into winkflash--I think 8 cents is their standard for 4x6 prints but you can often get coupon codes for 6 cent prints. Plus I think you get a whole bunch free when you first sign up.

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  9. Such a sweet card.

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  10. How beautiful and very special.

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  11. I didn't set out to make a "family" card, but there was definitely a recurring theme, this year! :) (I liked the style, so just kept repeating it.) :)

    So pretty!!

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  12. The card is lovely and made more special since it is handmade with love :0)

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  13. How beautiful! I love to make our cards and love getting handmade ones too. Very creative and oroginal.

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  14. You are so talented!! What a beautiful card.

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  15. This is so fun! I love reading your description of your creative process and enjoy your lovely drawing. :D

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  16. WOW! That is fantastic! I wish I could draw! Your cards are going to be BEAUTIFUL!

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