I’ve launched a brand new Christmas card collection! It’s called A Taste of Christmas.
If you are a small business owner like me you will understand how we all have to start thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer and launch in the autumn to make the most of the festive season, and coming up with Christmassy ideas while the sun is still shining can be difficult! Luckily I came up with the rough idea of my new collection earlier this year while it was still chilly in spring and I have thought about it for months. A few weeks ago I felt ready and jumped in and started planning.
I knew I wanted to do a food-related Christmas card collection because I wanted to evoke a warm festive feeling, and the foods we eat in the festive period give me that warm fuzzy feeling instantly. There are also scents that give me that feeling – oranges, mince pies, cinnamons, fir spruce, vanilla, and so on.
I ended up with three different designs around this food / scent theme and these are Winter Fruits, Seasonal Scents, and Holiday Treats. I absolutely love each of them, especially Winter Fruits because it was the first design I created for the collection. When I create a collection It’s always the first design I am most proud of and I think it is down to the special moment of realisation where the design process is underway and going in the direction I hoped for.
I hope you will agree that my new cards radiate the festive feeling we get run up to Christmas and that all these three designs make a lovely collection.
Can you tell how excited I am for Christmas?!
A couple of weeks ago I launched my new Christmas cards! This time I have two sets of four different designs.
When I started thinking about my designs for this year, I wanted to pay homage to my first Christmas designs from 2014 and give them a similar feel – the pastel coloured background in particular, which was the most praised feature at that time. The actual illustration on each design is different from the old ones but the style is similar, and better after three years of practice! The most similar design is the robin one, which I repainted because I felt it needs to be updated.
I didn’t plan to do two sets of cards originally, but one day I spontaneously painted abstract trees, which became my Christmas Forest design. I was focusing on green and blue colours and realised it would actually work well as a Christmas card so I carried on painting with more colours and created another three designs with an abstract theme.
I think I ended up preferring this second set in the end but I do still love my first set with more realistic paintings – so I printed both of them!
I also ordered special luxurious gift tags using elements of my abstract Christmas card set, which are available to buy as a pack of four. What makes them special are that they are folded gift tags with rounded corners. I added beautiful different colours on the back to go with each design. I also tied them with pretty green/white and red/white baker’s twines. All the Christmassy feels!
Which design do you like the best? I am loving Christmas Forest, or maybe Mistletoe most of all so far.
P.S. all my cards are also available in packs of 4 and 12 cards! Why not have a look at my Christmas shop?
I am so pleased to say that my Christmas cards for this year is finally ready to buy! For the last 4 weeks, I was having problems with two different printing companies that I lost excitement in my new Christmas designs and felt deflated. However after a few tears, I kept going, looked for another printing company, waited patiently for delivery and finally, I was happy with the result (third time lucky!). The print quality is excellent and paper is gorgeous! Hooray!
I painted these festive designs with gouache. I was experimenting with it for a bit before I started and thought it’d be fun to try out different medium for this year’s Christmas paintings. Being not totally comfortable with this particular medium, it took me a while to learn how to use it and finish painting them, which I really enjoyed. The handlettering was done with a brush pen.
They are available to buy as a pack of 4, 3 packs (12 cards) or 5 packs (20 cards) over at my shop.
I try to shop small every Christmas so feel free to leave your links if you are also doing Christmas cards. And if you could give feedback on my new cards, that would be lovely too!
I launched my new Christmas cards last week! I am so excited to be selling Christmas cards for the first time, for the past few years I’ve thought about selling but I didn’t have a courage to do so. To be honest, I won’t be selling this year if it weren’t for Aneurin and my family’s support.
Despite the fact that I’ve used up a lot of materials and time designing my Christmas cards (lots of trial and error), I priced them very affordable and I don’t want my customers to pay for expensive cards on the top of their to-buy Christmas shopping!
Four cards of different designs in one pack is only five pounds! You can also buy larger packs of 12 (£12), 20 (£18) or 40 cards (£32).
Each design is professionally printed on 250gsm gesso A6 card and comes with kraft envelope as well as protective cellophane sleeve, as always.
I love the addition of hand lettered “Merry Christmas” and bows – they give a lovely festive feel to my designs!