Although my Christmas cards this year are handmade I didn’t make each one individually by hand in the same way I have in previous years, instead I created the design in Illustrator and printed them from the PC. To give them a more hand-crafted feel I decided to create a stamp from lino & use it to stamp each card and envelope. I decided on a nice simple robin and holly design in red ink. He’s pictured above tidied up in Illustrator, and below as he looked when stamped by hand on the inside of each card and outside of each envelope. That kept me busy for some time!
Last weekend I completed six designs for Christmas cards. These will be printed on the cards I send to my family and friends this year.
Each design is based on an actual ice crystal (more commonly known as snowflakes) photographed by W. A. Bentley in the early 1900s. Bentley was the first person to photograph a single ice crystal, and went on to photograph more than 5000. You can see from my illustrations the complexity and intricacy of some of the snowflakes photographed by Bentley.
The cards are also available for sale in my etsy shop.