I have a habit of going over-the-top designing holiday cards for our family. It seems like a great marketing opportunity, and I get to do whatever I want. This year, I thought it would be fun to collaborate with Syd Stansberry of Inkling, the amazing illustrator and calligrapher who has been working on all of our calligraphy projects. I had a pretty strong vision of what I wanted the illustrations to look like, and Syd worked hard making that come to life. Below you can see some of her explorations.
After Syd handed over her illustrations, I brought them into Photoshop and added black lines and water color using a Wacom Tablet. The next step was to add some hand-drawn type around our images to let people know what's been happening this year. This was my favorite part of the project. I love giving people a little bit of information, by getting straight to the point:) I printed our illustrations and used tracing paper to finesse the text around the shapes, then scanned that back in, and dropped it into the document with the illustrations. I then printed two cards, one side for each family member, and the Happy Holidays card for the center piece. These were all assembled in a Paper Source pocket-envelope in Chartreuse, sealed with washi tape, and stuffed in a Peacock envelope.
Phew...and it only took me until March to blog about it. Happy St. Patrick's Day:) love KGB