How To Create Your Own Art Christmas Cards
4 Easy Ways To Create Your Own Unique Christmas Cards
Fleece On Earth Wild Faces Gallery Christmas Card Image 2009
When I was younger it was a local tradition with my family and friends that every year for the holidays we'd all create a new Christmas ornament and then gift them to each other. The result was a lovely tree filled with lots of memories. Unfortunately as my art business took off I had very little time left for creating ornaments. But still wanting to keep up the tradition I started making a new unique holiday card design to send to friends and families.
I know when I get handmade cards from people I always cherish them and keep them. So I thought I'd share a few of the various way you can make your own one of a kind Christmas cards. One of the best things about making these kinds of cards is that they are suitable to be kept as a keepsake for can be framed when the holiday is past.
The 4 Easy Ways To Create Your Unique Design Are:
- Reprint artwork specifically created for a new holiday design.
- Paint a quick and easy design on each card
- Have an outline printed and then paint making each one a unique original work of art.
- Photography Art Cards
Of course these techniques don't have to be for Christmas exclusively, it just happens to be the one holiday I do make cards for every year. But go ahead and experiment and let your creativity run wild.
All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.
The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.
Inkjet Cardstock For Your Printing Your Christmas Cards - Be Sure To Check Cards Stock Size
Use Your Artwork And Then Print Your Own Holiday & Christmas Card
Use Your Inkjet Printer To Create Your Own Christmas & Holiday Art Cards
This is actually what I do for my cards every year. It works well for because because I am an artist surviving off my art business and so I can still sell the painting. Plus we do all our own giclee printing so we have scans and files readily available. However it is still a simple enough process to scan or photograph your art at a high resolution.
Reprinting my art into notecards means I can put a lot more effort into the artwork.
Since I am a critter painter my Christmas cards have been animal in nature with most of them being either sheep or horses. Though I have had a polar bear and wolf images also.
Steps For Creating Your Own Art To Reprint
1. Create the art using whatever medium you prefer.
2. Create a digital file either by scanning or photographing.
3. Adjust image in Photoshop or similar application to resemble the original work.
4. Create message for interior or back of card.
Note: Be sure your printer can handle heavier weight cardstock. Not all inkjet printers can
Tips For Printing Your Own Holiday Cards
* Make sure your printer can handle heavier card stock
* Even with lighter card stock feed only 1-3 sheets at a time
* With photo cards if you are printing an inside greeting do this side first. This minimizes the possibility of damaging the image face by passing through the rollers a second time.
* Be sure to get the correct sized card stock to match your envelopes.
For Those Who Don't Want To Print Your Own, Here's Some Companies That Will Do It For You.
Outsource Your Christmas Card Production: It's quick, easy and painless.
Joy Wild Faces Gallery Christmas Card Image 2007
To be clear since we do our own printing I have not personally tried any of the companies. But I do know several people personally who have used the top three companies and were happy with the results.
Cafe Press Offers considerably more self publishing offers than just cards.
Zazzle Also offers a wide range of self publishing possibilities.
Vista Print Does all sorts of business printing.
Kodak Gallery For printing you photo cards.
2. Create A Unique One Of A Kind Painting On Each Card
Make Each Christmas Card It's Own Painting
Create Frameable Art With Your Christmas Art Cards
If you've got a lot of cards to make a quick and easy painting style work really well. These cards were created by artist Linda Booth. They are watercolor paint on watercolor paper card. You could also just as easily cut your own cards from larger sheets or scraps of watercolor paper.
NOTE: These images were used with permission from the artist. Linda Booth She creates these cards for sale. If anyone is interested in purchasing cards or would like more information, please contact the author of this lens.
Gel Medium For Your Homemade Christmas Cards
Use Watercolor Gel Medium For Adding Dimension And Sparkle To Your Holiday Art Cards
Linda occasionally adds a lovely detail of sparkling snow. (See above photo)
Using Gel medium and glitter:
* After you have finished your watercolor painting and it has dried, apply the watercolor gel medium to the areas you wish to add sparkle and dimension.. The gel medium not only provides a surface for the glitter to adhere to but it also creates a more dimensional effect.
* Then promptly apply the glitter while the gel medium is still wet. Linda prefers to use a very fine glitter to achieve a more realistic sparkle.
*Then shake off the excess glitter and wait for them to dry.
Note: glitter is a messy substance and tends to get every where. It may be helpful to this this in an area where there is easy cleanup or where a little extra sparkle is not a problem.
A Tip For Applying Glitter To Your Handmade Christmas Cards
Using a basin or try when applying the glitter really helps to not only control the mess, but also allows you to collect the extra glitter and reuse it.
3. Have An Ink Outline Reprinted On Watercolor Paper And Then Paint The Color In.
Partially Printed and Partially Original Christmas Card
This is something best done on watercolor paper again. It's kind of a cross between the first and second way to make your own art cards.
How To Create This Type Of Art Card
* Draw the outline of the image in either pencil or ink.
* Create a digital file.
* Reprint onto watercolor paper or watercolor card stock using permanent inks.
* And then apply the color on each cards.
This process saves time when using a more complex image and yet the end is result is till a one of a kind original artistic creations.
NOTE: Be sure the inks used in the printing are permanent or else the ink will run when apply the watercolor paint over the top.
This image was used with permission from the artist, Mari Stewart. All copyright belong to her. If you are interested in purchasing this image or in seeing more of her work you can visit her website okibojiimages.com.
4. Use Artistic Photos To Create Your Own Christmas Cards
Use Your Winter Themed Photos To Create A Very Personal Christmas Card
With This Kind Of Holiday Card The Options Are Endless
Everyone loves getting the cards that have family photos and such on them. But if you're wanting to do something a little more unique with your Christmas Holiday Art Cards try using unusual artistic photos for your card design.
Ideas For Christmas Holiday Art Card Photograph Images
* Winter and snowy landscapes.
* Beautiful Frost Patterns On A Window
* Holiday Light Displays
* Falling Snow
* Hoar Frost On Trees or Grasses
Really the only limitation you have is your imagination.
Other Ideas For Creating Christmas Cards Using Your Individual Style
* Scrapbooking techniques
* Recycle and Reuse old or unfinished paintings. Take a winter scene and cut out card sized snippets from it. Mount on cardstock like you'd do with a photo. This can be done with painted canvas as well.
* Collage either with holiday inspired colors, or again with old or incomplete artwork.
* Utilize Stamping techniques. Use rubber stamps for the basis of your card then embellish.
* Use sequins, googly eyes or ribbons for added dimension.
You Can Also Personalize Your Christmas Holiday Art Cards By Printing A Message On The inside
If you are wanting to leave more space for writing you could also print the message on the back of the art card.
Another option for printing on the back would be to simplify the statement to something Holiday Wishes From The (your name here) Family.
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Any Of The Cards Featured On This Lens Made By Wild Faces Gallery Can Be Purchased Of From
The Wild Faces Gallery Website. Just click on the image of your choice and it will take you straight to the corresponding page.
About The Author Of Create Your Own Christmas Cards
Mona Majorowicz Of Wild Faces Gallery
My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.
I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years experience in the art and framing industry, both as a business owner and as a working artist.
I write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses. If you would like to see real life photos of Catch, or want to follow the painting's progress (with full story) from start to finish please visit my blog, Fur In The Paint
Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.