As I developed a nice line of note cards, I realized that I had better come up with some CHRISTMAS CARDS. So I began to do that. The first Christmas card was not so hard. I wanted to create a kinda Charlie Brown tree with some flowers as ornaments and lettering for the season-hence the Merry Christmas created as a ribbon with a bird carrying it to the tree! Good. that seemed to work OK. My first design was finished. That was 1999.
The 2nd design required some new thought. As I was into pressing mushrooms and vegetables at the time, I thought, well they might create a tree. Remember when you are creating Christmas designs for the card markets they need to be done by early summer at the lastest. Drat, not so easy. My mind is not there. But chili peppers and green hot peppers had that red and green look, didn’t they?
The next year certainly wasn’t so hard either. This was a sprig of multifloral roses. And when I held it upside down it looked like a tree! Good-add some flowers and it became the Christmas card for 2001.
Well, let’s skip a year or so. It became increasingly hard to come up with something new each year with a Christmas theme.
This design has a music background and asparagus fern is the tree and buttercups, red salvia petals, and verbena are the ornaments. The star is a coreopsis. This remains a popular choice. All it needs are the lit candles!
I did try to stay with trees as much as possible but did find I had to stray. The wreath design in 2005 came about from cardinal vine leaves. They have a semicircular base and I thought-WOW-put them all together and they make a circle. That was excellent for a wreath with buttercups, cleome, red salvia as the design and a marvelous quote from Dale Evans: “Every time we love, every time we give: it is Christmas”.
So by now each year is getting harder. I begin to dread coming up with something new and exciting for Christmas when it is hot and humid.
The one year, I started to plan in early January-Ah, HA! I pressed the small petals of a red pointsettia and saved them-until July, of course; and then I reassembled them to look like a complete flower. A poinsettia flower is far too large for pressing for my purposes. It turned out pretty nice and again I used a music background for the final card.
This is has now stretched into 13 designs and
I am hard-pressed (!) to tell you my favorite.
I really like the one with the tree that has tomato crowns as the stars (2010), and this year the theme is “The Holly and the Ivy”. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth to get this design.
But I do think my all time favorite is this one which uses the calligraphy principles of illumination where the artwork becomes part of the letters-usually only used with capital letters. It is from 2009.
I hope you have enjoyed this enlightenment of the creation of Christmas card designs by QuilliGraphy.
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