Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fox in Winter

I have a confession to make. I'm not really what you'd call a "Christmas person". Not that I don't like Christmas, because I do. I have amazing memories of Christmas as a kid. But when it comes to decorating, baking, being in or around snow, Christmas music, Christmas movies ... I'm just not that jolly. That doesn't stop me, however, from doing some Christmas-y stuff for the holidays. Like my Christmas card this year, for instance.

I usually wait to show my Christmas cards when they've all gone out to my family and friends, but like most things this year, I'm a little late. So I'm doing this a little backwards. Last year I skipped the cards altogether because of my dad's health. This year I decided to follow up on the theme I did two years ago with some winter wildlife.

I've learned a lot making these cards myself: getting them printed, trimming them down, folding and all that. The first year I made them, they were on this flimsy cardstock and really tiny. I made the elk in 2012 and upgraded to some really nice bristol cardstock, but they were still a bit small. This year I followed suit, made them bigger and even got my logo on the back. A true labour of love, but it's a really fun process and I'm always looking to learn something from what I've already done. This year I bought a super-cool scoring board that made quick work of the scoring and folding process. Probably the best purchase I've made this year!

I even made some watercolour stars from some label paper I had to stick on the back of the envelopes. Every star is unique and some of the watercolour turned out so beautiful despite the paper quality just being some Staples-brand labels. This was a cool little experiment that's given me lots of ideas for the future!

Something else that's kind of fun, if you love this little fox and found yourself wishing you could own one, it's your lucky day!  This painting is available in my shop as a print! You can head on over there to see my other artwork for sale as well!

To all my friends and family, cards are going out in the mail this week so look for yours coming soon!

xoxo Jaclyn