Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blue Jay, Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I am a little late sending my Christmas cards this year. I wasn't able to get them out until mid-December so I'm only sharing them now! In any case, it's a nice thing to share on Christmas Eve, don't you think?

All of my Christmas cards have featured some kind of Canadian wildlife in a winter scene. Last year, I went on a little bit of a bird kick and painted a chickadee. Chickadees are very common in the winter in Ontario. Aaron and I have a bird feeder on our back deck for the cat to be entertained by and there are always chickadees around. This year I decided to continue the theme and paint a winter blue jay. Blue jays are also common around here, though none have visited our back yard bird feeder just yet!

For my cards in the past, I would have them printed two-to-a-page at Staples and cut and fold them myself. This year I used the same printer who did our wedding invites and thank you cards so they cut and fold them for me! I love the way the matte cardstock makes my paintings look, so much nicer than the glossy paper that Staples uses to print on. It's definitely a personal thing, but I am so happy with the printing of these cards! Especially with the inside message, there is much less trial and error happening when the printer does it for me. I've learned a lot creating these cards; getting my artwork to print correctly and to look clean and beautiful, how to set up a file for print so there are minimal issues, setting up for double-sided printing. It's been a lovely learning process! Looking back on previous years, it's really neat to see how my work and the cards progress.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season this year and a fantastic new year. Thanks for reading!

You can see my Christmas cards from previous years here! 2011 and 2012, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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