It’s time to win my annual Christmas card. This insane holiday tradition started when Danny and I married and has continued through the years. This huge art project includes illustrations of my family engaging in some kind of winter or festive activity. Guess and win!
My ideas have percolated since summer. I always swear I’ll start on them in October. Ha! I’m sketching in December, as usual. Why???
Cards before 2012 were illustrated without a lot of cutting and pasting. That seemed time-consuming enough for any crazed mom during the holiday season.
Here are a few of the more complicated versions. That beaded tree card came back in the mail for extra postage. GAH!
With all the shopping, decorating, baking, and writing blog posts and books, sitting down to create cards can be a real sacrifice. In 2014, I made super complicated popup cards. They each took about twenty minutes to cut and paste. Even with an assembly line of pieces, I had to miss a couple of parties to get all 100 done. That was a lesson learned. I’m always learning something.
Thing is, most people have a hard time just signing greeting cards and sending them in the mail. Mine have become an exchange. I mean, if friends can’t find time to send us one, I’m not going to make one, right? Does that sound naughty or nice? Don’t answer that…
Anyhow, my sketches are done. I plan to do the final drawings today and start inking tomorrow. That can be tricky. Sometimes the likenesses pop with each line. Other times, it’s not so easy. It’s always about the eyes.
I simplified last year’s card where we broke out of the snow globe.
I plan to keep this year’s card simple too. I’d like to enjoy the holidays like everyone else. Now if I could just get these 36 boxes of Christmas decorations unpacked…
So what activity have I chosen for this year’s Christmas card? Guess and I’ll send you one!
If more or less than five guess correctly, Roxy will choose five from a hat.
I hope you participate!
Do you send holiday cards? What other traditions do you enjoy?