DEAR SANTA CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
My very first Christmas card collection is now available! Preparing for the launch of the website had kept me super busy all through summer and autumn so I had to work at lightning speed to get my Christmas designs completed and printed in time - luckily, I just made it!
This year’s range includes 8 designs - each one requiring different techniques and drawing styles. As with the rest of my cards, the designs are intentionally different so I am able to cater to a wider audience.
I don’t know about you but I just love ginger….ginger biscuits, ginger in my tea, ginger cake… you get the drift… so it was a no-brainer to include my love for ginger and spice in the Dear Santa collection. Drawing these gingerbread designs was lots of fun; especially creating the powdered effect over the biscuits. This lovely texture can be seen close-up on the cards.
I find Scandinavian prints really pleasing to the eye - it probably has a lot to do with the symmetry and how ‘organised’ the pattern is… definitely a link to my data background! I found the placement of all the different elements a little tricky - creating a balanced and symmetrical design that is visually pleasing is a lot harder than it looks!
I have been reading a lot about typography recently and wanted to experiment with bringing designs and block-lettering together. The traditional Christmas designs look striking against the thick black lines of the lettering. It has been a customer favourite!
I couldn’t introduce the Christmas range without some cute illustrations! I have kept the colour palette and line style fairly simple for this card to appeal to a younger audience. The design is intended to be playful and cute.
This design is a nod to the annual Christmas Jumper Day. Although the jumpers are usually an eye-sore (hence “Ugly” Christmas Jumper), they are great way to get everyone involved in donating money to charity and have a bit of fun.
Joy at Christmas took some time to draw - the designs are intricate and I needed to be careful that I balanced colour with negative space (white space) carefully. The objective was for the design to be the focus so I opted for a limited and traditional colour palette of red, green and gold.
I like the contrast between the solid fill of the letters and the detailed pattern on the bottom half of the words. Unlike Joy at Christmas I have not stuck with a minimalistic colour palette - there are at least 6 colours in this design! I chose a traditional font for this text to give it that festive feel.
Which card is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!