Some of you may have this year’s Christmas Card on your mantle or hanging on your refrigerator. You may think hmmm that’s a departure from previous cards. Well, yes it is! Let me tell you the tale of the card!
In November, I decided the theme of this year’s card would be peace. Something soothing after the stressful year of 2016. I had a nice Victorian Pen and Ink Wreath with the simple words Peace hand painted ready to go. I got the brilliant idea to place the designon a peaceful blue watercolor wash. Blech… The more I looked at it the lest peaceful it became and the more Rest in Peace it became. No one wants a tombstone. So I scrapped that idea and thought hmmm this time of year everything slows down and it becomes peaceful. The snow covers the busy roads. The snowy, pine trees blanket everything in a quiet and soft hush.
So snowflakes and a blanket of snow was where I wanted to go with my idea. I can work with snowflakes. I sketched some out and I wanted a balance of hand drawn snowflakes and a pop of holiday wham! Bruce was brought into the project. We divided up the snowflake duties. Not one snowflake is the same so two people drawing the snowflakes would make each one unique. Then the wham essence was suppose to be a silver foil in the center with a white blanket of snow. Wham. The design was going to be completely balanced. Peacefulness of the homemade hand drawn snowflakes and the wham of the Peace softened by the snow.
The delivery of the cards was a week later than normal because of the foil accent. It was mid December and the box arrived a little before 8pm and the flutter inside me as I opened the box was at a fever pitch. Then my heart sunk. I picked up a card and the silver peace foil accent gone.
NO WHERE TO BE SEEN, I TELL YOU.
It’s a fact that they throw in overruns in the box the last ones off the printer so I was like ok no big deal this is the overrun. All will be fine when I pull a card from the middle. OHHH no no no. All gone. No Peace anywhere inside my head or on the card.
Designer mind kicks in. I have about a couple of days for the cards to hit the mail to arrive in people’s mailbox prior to Christmas what to do what to do. Ok I have a cricuit… Maybe I could print out the word Peace and pop it in there. The cricuit option was kicked to the curb for it was infuriating and time consuming. How about if I write the word Peace into spot. Again time consuming and looked bizarre handwritten in there.
The next best option make a snow drift. From 8:30-10:30, I painted blue snow drifts on about 150 cards with a mixture of glue and watercolors and Bruce was the snow glitter machine. Yes, each card is unique. Some have little flurries of snow and some are like an ocean of snow drifts. That’s what a designer does comes up with a solution in a time crunch.
And on top of it… Since, I knew my cards were coming late I had addressed all my envelopes on special red envelopes. I even used an old Victorian Ink Set I got the Christmas Past. That’s right, I dipped my antique glass pen in ink to address all my red cards. Red cards which didn’t even match the revised cards. The best laid out plans…
Good news, You will see what the real cards would look like next year. The printer is reprinting the cards for me as we speak. But stillllll lesson learn. Design your cards in August!