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Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« on: December 24, 2023, 03:09:08 PM »
Spoiler Alert if you are in our holiday exchange! Sadly, I couldn’t get these out until this past Thursday so they aren’t showing up before tomorrow! But hopefully before New Years.

This year’s card was a true labor of love. I was inspired by a C.C. Canan bird flourish. But where he saw a bird, I saw a snow globe. I also did a bit more detailed flourishing. Since I had these printed at a local printshop, I could choose the paper size. To capture as much detail as possible, I did a 7 3/4” x 13” trifold. Once printed, I added some flourishing in gold watercolor and some sparkly glue dots for snow. All in, I spent over 96 hours creating these, not including calligraphing the envelopes. I thought I would make it easy this year and not do a family photo card and just use my calligraphy card for both my personal and calligraphy lists. That turned into another timely decision. LOL!

Anyhoo, I am sharing the original design before printing, photos of the printed cards, and the original black and white design which was done in ProCreate.

Merry Christmas!
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2023, 03:09:52 PM »
P.S. I called it “Snow Globe of Hope.”
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2023, 08:44:15 PM »
Hi Erica,
I received your exchange yesterday (Saturday)!
I could tell it must have taken you hours. The flourishing and writing are phenomenal.
Your writing on the envelope is beautiful too. Thanks!

(I just noticed the stamp you used is a snow globe stamp AND the cancellation graphic is a snow globe!)
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2023, 08:51:48 PM »
Just wondering - how many layers did you use in Procreate for this elaborate a design?
I just started using it this year and I find writing and flourishing only a few words to be quite a task.

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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2023, 02:28:51 PM »
Thanks @tiffany.c.a - YAY! I’m so happy to hear it arrived to you before Christmas!!!! A Christmas miracle!  ;D

Well, the count on the layers is 73. But it reuses layer numbers if you delete one so I am sure it is much more than that.

When designing, I typically put every element on its own layer. So for the calligraphy, each line of the Spencerian is its own layer, then each of the bolder words are their own layers. Once I have the layout exactly how I want it, I combine them but keep ones that are different colors separate.

If you’re looking for tutorials, Every Tuesday is awesome!
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2023, 02:51:48 PM »
I meant to add, I was SO tickled when I saw the snow globe stamps! I ordered them online to be delivered because I was worried the local PO would be sold out (and of course, they were!). And then when I saw the cancellation, I was like KISMET!  :-* 

Hi Erica,
I received your exchange yesterday (Saturday)!
I could tell it must have taken you hours. The flourishing and writing are phenomenal.
Your writing on the envelope is beautiful too. Thanks!

(I just noticed the stamp you used is a snow globe stamp AND the cancellation graphic is a snow globe!)
Warm Regards,
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2023, 10:01:23 PM »
Absolutely beautiful!!!
Teresa

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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2023, 09:44:22 AM »
P.S. I called it “Snow Globe of Hope.”
@Erica McPhee
Truly one of the finest cards I've ever received, and I've received plenty. Stunning.

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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2023, 10:24:19 AM »
Thanks so much @TeresaS and @AnasaziWrites . Wow, that is a fabulous compliment as I know you have received some beautiful ones and from some fabulous calligraphers so I am honored. Thank you!  :-*
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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2023, 10:07:40 AM »
I received my card in Scotland today (29th)
Truly beautiful -  a real work of art, as is the envelope.
Thank you!

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Re: Christmas Greetings (Spoiler Alert)
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2023, 12:09:27 AM »
Thanks so much @Ken Fraser ! I appreciate your very kind words. Wow, our mail system was on the task this year!
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