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12-01-2008, 02:32 AM

Since the holiday season is here, you could design your own card to send:- Christmas theme or general holiday theme.

Maybe try a landscape that speaks to you of the holiday season in your country. Or a warm indoor scene. Or maybe a Santa related theme.

Looking forward to your card designs.


12-01-2008, 07:56 AM
Here are two Hanukkuh cards I'm sending to friends. Collage using some of my torn up paintings. Haven't started on Christmas cards yet. I'd better get a move on.


12-01-2008, 07:59 AM
This card is so effective Trafford. And the bonus is using old paintings to make the collage.

You are way ahead of me. I haven't thought of beginning a design yet.

12-01-2008, 07:59 AM
Here's the other one.


12-01-2008, 08:01 AM
I like them. And I might pinch your collage idea sometime!!

I like the drama of the first and the second reminds me of Chagall.:thumbsup:

12-03-2008, 08:16 AM
these are full of texture and depth- I love'em-espec. the first one - like the plane it sits on and colors and crude color- total success

12-06-2008, 10:26 PM
Here is one of my digitally designed Christmas Cards


Its my first attempt at an abstract card.

This next is a combination of one of my pen and ink drawings along with a little computer generated enhancement.


This is the one I'll be sending to all my friends and family this year.

12-06-2008, 11:30 PM
:clap: WOW. These are both striking and beautiful. I particularly like the ink drawing inside the Christmas wreath.

Kassie Mays
12-06-2008, 11:39 PM
This is my 2008 Christmas Card. The Elf and tree sitting on a pumkin pie were a gift from my son and his wife. They painted it in a ceramic workshop. Watercolor painting and enhanced by photoshop.

12-07-2008, 11:06 AM
That is so-o-o cute, Kathy. Great smile on the elf. A terrific Xmas card.

12-12-2008, 05:44 PM
here's mine - a lino cut - two layers

12-12-2008, 05:46 PM
Kassie - happy little elf that

Llyn - those digitals are prickly fun

12-13-2008, 05:27 AM
I love your lino-cut, azul. It remind me of a Christmas cactus plant..I have them flowering all over the house at the moment.

12-13-2008, 12:26 PM
Ok, here goes ....

This is from the Floral/Botanical project for December.


:) :) :) :) :)


12-14-2008, 12:08 AM
Great humour, Eyepaint. Love the style too.

12-16-2008, 12:14 PM
this is the card I submitted to, and was accepted by our art gallery for a Christmas Card fundraiser, it is also my 2008 christmas card

I also did an ink version for pen and ink forem for the 2008 christmas catrd exchange
the ref photo came fro the RIL by Lisilk

this is WC


Diana Lee
12-16-2008, 12:18 PM
Here is my e-card I designed for all my pals. A twist on an American classic family.:lol:



12-16-2008, 12:23 PM
Bonnie - gorgeous!

Diana - well done :) Pogo looks slightly familiar..... :)

12-16-2008, 12:30 PM
Here is my 2008 Christma card, the original painting was done in pastels

12-16-2008, 12:49 PM
Those are all very beautiful cards! Bravo! :clap:


This is the card I had printed for my family and friends this year. I did about 5 more original cards, too. It was a fun year for Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

12-16-2008, 12:58 PM
Love the beautiful cards here. Great variety in mediums.

here's my 2008 card image:


Warmth and Happiness in this season.

Lisa G.

12-16-2008, 01:04 PM
I don't have time to comment on everyone's work but I have to say the watercolor by artastic is just amazing. I'll be back to see more. Great project and thanks to the participants!


12-16-2008, 01:18 PM
Eyepaint: I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets irked by that!!! Mistletoe berries are white, holly berries are red. Very amusing card. :D

I feel guilty since it's been forever since I've posted on WC but I saw the link to this thread in the December email and felt I had to participate.

Here is my holiday card! I do fantasy illustration, so a happy gryphon seemed only fitting. It's Holbein ink and watercolor on cold-press arches.


12-16-2008, 01:19 PM
Joni - brrr looks chilly at the lighthouse :)

Beth - love the hatch marks from the gauze... useful for more than first aid I see :)

Lisa - your snowman has a believable figure :)

12-16-2008, 01:22 PM

I'm new here and I've been browsing through the wonderful examples of holiday cards and thought I'd throw my hat in the ring. I wanted to post one of my holiday card designs but I guess I can't post an imge umtil I make 2 or more posts. I'm a graphic designer and I create digital paintings on the side. I look forward to hearing from you and taking part in this great web community. Please reply so I can post again.

Happy Holidays


12-16-2008, 01:31 PM

12-16-2008, 01:34 PM
Lots of wonderful cards here:)

12-16-2008, 01:42 PM
I have done several cute little illustrations for the holidays this year. This one is my favorite.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/135066-BabyDear.jpg

12-16-2008, 01:53 PM
it's a sketch of my dog, beans, asleep. at the top i left space for a message. i've been writing stuff like have a relaxing new year etc :P


12-16-2008, 02:30 PM
On the reference photo, Polly was hiding in the garden. I exchanged Plumbago, Morning Glory and purple Solanus for a Christmas Tree and some wrapped gifts. I know the perspective is a bit awry on the parcels, but, hey, it's Christmas - does it really matter? I had such fun painting this.

(PS: I have already had super feedback from recipients.)

Best wishes, Pam


12-16-2008, 02:41 PM
What inspiring and beautiful work on all the cards everyone.:clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

None from me as yet..I am still hard at work parcelling presents...but finished today...so on to a card design soon.;)

12-16-2008, 02:52 PM
I love them all. The grifyn (sp?) is probably going to hang the wreath on his nest. And Polly looks so innocent, even though she is probably about to tear the paper on those packages (OR climb the tree!)

Here are my 2007 and 2008 efforts. The horses one is from one of my acrylic paintings, the child and nativity was from a pastel I did of my grandchild Abby, and the tree is a photo of one in my son's front yard.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/93947-Christmas_Nativity-tiny.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/93947-Quiet_Night_Card-tiny.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/93947-MC_from_Idaho_-_tiny.JPG

12-16-2008, 03:28 PM
Cross-posted from Water Media

I managed to produce my Christmas card design quite early this year (for a change) so they were all printed and ready to post by the end of November! (Image size 6" x 4")


On the computer, I used part of an acrylic and watercolour painting I did of the Bryggen in Bergen, super-imposed a pen sketch of a ski-shopper from another area of Norway and printed it out onto plain paper. I added pen work to the buildings, topped them with snow using white acrylic and then coloured the shopper with watercolour pencils. I scanned the new image, darkened the sky in Photoplus and added the text.

The printed cards have been embellished with a touch of silver acrylic ink to add to the wintry feel.


12-16-2008, 03:35 PM
Your heirlooms are splendid - lovely work.
Polly has already climbed our tree and really enjoys playing pool/snooker with the balls she knocks to the floor. I really don't want her to grow up!

12-16-2008, 03:45 PM
These are all so fabulous! I just did this one for school - but I'm not quite done yet:).


part time artist
12-16-2008, 03:58 PM
this is the image I used on my cards this year. It is a painting I made of the hill near my home when we had a light covering of snow and the sunset light on it looked wonderful.

12-16-2008, 04:42 PM
I really like your ink drawing inside the wreath. What program did you use to add the wreath and greeting?
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12-16-2008, 04:47 PM
I love your card. How did you super-impose the shopper onto the painting? As you can tell, I am a computer novice.
Happy Holidays,
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12-16-2008, 04:51 PM
I really like your Hanukkuh card with the collage.
Happy Holidays,
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12-16-2008, 05:07 PM
:cat: Moufflon1,
A great card. Few people do cats really well. I'll post some of cats when I have time.
Happy Holidays,
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12-16-2008, 05:15 PM
So many beautiful cards here. Here are some I've done a while ago. Lil

12-16-2008, 05:20 PM
This is my first post to Wet Canvas. I have been learning watercolor for the past 3 years and have tried to do 2 dozen cards of a certain theme each Christmas. My husband chose this one for his corporate card. My friends and family seem to love receiving them so that encourages me.My goal with this one was to let the paint do the work and not worry too much about the final product.


12-16-2008, 06:41 PM
I really like what everyone has done!

I had such good intentions here till last week. Now I cannot make up my mind....not even sure if I will send any (hubby is pretty ill). But these are the ones I had worked up...



12-16-2008, 07:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/17005-ARegesGDSHCrd.jpg This is mine from a few years ago, but it is still one of my most popular. Just did a line drawing of the dog, then added the color, wreath, hat, etc. in Photoshop. That way I could easily make them in yellow and chocolate too.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2008/17005-ARegesHousCrd.jpg This is a new one that I think I will refine for next year. Obviously I did not make the houses, but I made the dogs - there are 3 more who were "out playing" when I took the photo. I made reindeer for Santa's barn and sheep for the wool shop too :) .


12-16-2008, 10:15 PM
Our little apartment in German Village, Columbus, decorated for the holidays.


12-16-2008, 11:27 PM
Oh my goodness, they all are so beautiful!

Here is one of my cards I sent to a dear friend on WC.

The greetings are inside the card.


and few more




Please take the time to look at this, You really will like it. Hope it works for you

You might have to copy and paste in search.

joyeux_noeljb.pps (4961KB)


Peace On Earth
In God We Trust!!!

12-17-2008, 12:14 AM
LONG time no post. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season.


12-17-2008, 06:35 AM

12-17-2008, 06:37 AM
I am not familiar with all the postings and such. How to do it. But here is one of my Christmas cards done in watercolor

12-17-2008, 10:58 AM
Sooo many different cards, thanks everyone for sharing them and Merry Christmas to all my dear wetcanvas pals.

12-17-2008, 01:11 PM
Wow - so many cards posted yesterday!! It's beginning to fell a lot like Christmas....

Windfalcon - we cross-posted yesterday. Fun gryphon

mkanvinde - welcome to Wet Canvas! Love the sense of depth in your scene

Lynnette - cute fawn

sttaffy - awwwww!

Pam - awww cute kitty!! That one gift almost looks like maki sushi :) Polly sounds like such fun, climbing the tree, knocking off decorations, awwww.....

Harriett - great horses

Sonia - so cool! That's a great way to go shopping in the snow ... no parking troubles, no need to carry the items, and you have a built-in railing/support/handle to help you keep from slipping!

Linda - welcome to Wet Canvas. Gorgeous reflections!

part time - what a cool atmosphere here

Artsy - great church!

Sandra - welcome to Wet Canvas. Lovely job with the watercolours :)

Susan - I think I like the pine cone the best. But the triple portrait is also so well done.... now I can't decide

Amy - someone ran off with your wreath and Santa hat - look out!! :)

wigginjw - welcome to WetCanvas. Great job on those bricks

Emilia - love the blue and yellow on the first one

jawarriner - stunning job on the pine cone. I've tried drawing and painting one shaped very similar to that and hooo boy it ain't easy.

coraki - nice framing of the tall evergreens

12-17-2008, 01:26 PM
Beautiful cards. Welcome to all new members. What a great variety. And you have all made this a wonderful thread.

12-17-2008, 01:41 PM
Beautiful Painting!

12-17-2008, 01:45 PM
These are all so fabulous! I just did this one for school - but I'm not quite done yet:).

Awesome job! What medium?

12-17-2008, 02:06 PM
This is my first post - hope it works...
After taking a picture of my watercolor, I added text and a border. I sent these out via e-mail to friends and family. My printer sure enjoyed the break! And I enjoyed not dealing with paper jams!

12-17-2008, 03:00 PM
CJ - great first post! Love your dreamy winter snow!

12-17-2008, 03:00 PM
What beautiful cards everyone has done. Moufflon1's cat reminds me how much I miss having a little furry face around.

My son took off with my printer/scanner to use on his new I Mac and I'm left with an old rickety thing, so I guess my Hannukah cards are all I can come up with on this thread.

Whatever holiday you all celebrate, please have a wonderful one-Janet

12-17-2008, 08:14 PM
WOW there are alot of beautiful cards, to me, there is nothing s fine as handmade cards
here are couple more I did today, I used the ref photo from this weeks WDE
these are 2 of them, still have two more to make from Signchick's ref photo

they are each painted on a WC card, with iridescent paints then finished up in micron pens : .2 and .05, then I tore the frame from handmade green and gold paper, and attached with spray adhesive


Mette Rörström
12-18-2008, 07:16 AM
hi! :wave:
Beutyful cards,everyone!:thumbsup:

Here is one I did today..


12-18-2008, 03:28 PM
Lots of inspirational work here for the Christmas season.

Cosi - sorry I haven't replied earlier to your query, but I seem to have missed about 20 notifications on this forum. I've been trying to remember exactly how I got to my final image. Originally, I re-drew and repainted the composition, but it didn't work as well as I had hoped, so that went in the bin.

Back to the drawing board ... I returned to the scanned and cropped image of the shops, made the scanned sketch of the skiing shopper slightly transparent so I could accurately place it in front. That was printed out and I then worked over the print with white acrylic to add the snow and fill in the faint background showing through the shopper before recolouring her with coloured pencil. The Christmas tree and parcels were drawn on a separate piece of paper which was cut out and glued in place. The whole thing was then tidied up and re-scanned for the final card image.

Hope that doesn't sound too confusing!!!:confused:

This was all done with the desk-top publishing programme I use to produce my cards, newsletters etc. I am not really very computer literate, but I am getting used to using it for reasonably simple tasks.

12-19-2008, 10:44 AM
Happy Holidays everyone!

12-19-2008, 12:54 PM

:music: Noel :music: Noel :music:

Happy Christmas from me and my yorkie to all wetcanvas members.


12-22-2008, 04:56 PM
Thanks, June and to all here at Wetcanvas - you help make me a better artist and person.

01-02-2009, 08:31 PM
wow wonderful ideas and cards . you guys have such great imagination . thanks for the look maybe ill do some next year now ive seen yours , love jasmine

01-09-2009, 01:01 PM
Wow -- Already January and I'm just now reading the e-mail newsletter on this thread...so, awfully late, but I'll post mine anyway.

Hope happy holidays were had by all...



01-09-2009, 01:37 PM
Mylene - I particularly like the green and white poinsettias. Very lovely.

01-09-2009, 05:42 PM
I second that...beautiful poinsettias.

01-10-2009, 03:50 PM
What a superb standard this year!

In particular, to everyone who remarked about my little Polly kitten card - thank you so much. So many recipients of the physical card (printed on watercolour texture paper) have praised her!

Best wishes for the New Year, Pam