Creating my family Christmas card is seldom easy. Some years have taken more time than others.
The simpler, early years.
And more Christmas cards.
But after days of sketching, inking, cutting, pasting, and a little bloodletting—what was with the papercuts this year?—I had an AHA moment.
What if I used Photoshop next year? Wouldn’t dropping an image into a program be easier than all of this cutting and pasting? Hmmm. I have twelve months to figure it out.
Sometimes, my family tradition becomes a nightmare.
This year my printer decided to print the cover in landscape. Just like that! All of a sudden! I couldn’t override the orientation. Then it hit me—I had placed an index board over the vellum. It thought it was smarter than me. Ha! Stupid computer brain.
No more procrastinating. I’m taking a cleansing breath. Wheeeeeeew.
It’s time to reveal this year’s Christmas card…
May Your Days Be Merry and Bright,
Can you guess what we are doing now?
And May All Your Christmas Moments be Instagrammable.
As the family gathers around a campfire to roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate, Toad, the cat, ruins the Instagrammable moment. Roxy is a trash bandit in real life. She always gets into someone’s candy at Christmas. I almost drew her head INSIDE the bag.
This card includes another family tradition. Can you make out the title of the book?
Ichabod and the Elves.
Some of our greatest memories have taken place around a fire while making up Ichabod Crane stories. Danny used to terrify the kids before bed too!
I think they can handle it now, don’t you?
The winner this year is … Audrey Kalman! She guessed that the activity would have something to do with pets. Yep. They stole the show this year. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago in person.
I drew a few more out of my straw hat:
Robert Hookey, AKA The Terrible Hook. Come on down!
And Al from The Cvillean! After two botched attempts, we plan to meet someday.
All three are amazing bloggers and published authors. Check out their blogs and their books.
If you are a winner, Yay! Please email your address to me at email@example.com, and I’ll send you a card.
Thank you to everyone who guessed and to the readers who stop by throughout the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Now, I can finish my TV series pilot.
I wonder if it’s too late to ask Santa for Photoshop?
What do you want for Christmas this year? Have you sent any cards? Do you ever dabble in art?