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This year's Christmas cards.
I always hand make all our cards - madness, as we have quite a long list, and this year I have over 60 to make.

This was inspired by two wonderful photos by ~b-e-c-k-y-stock although the poses are pretty much all that's recognizable now.

It's a digital painting, but this image is a scan of a print out, to display it the way it is meant to be seen - with the layered background. Each print is individually cut out and glued onto the card.

I rarely find out what people thought of my cards, so I thought that this year I would upload an image here.

I'm pretty busy, so I didn't spend anywhere near as much time as I would have liked on this, having rather to squeeze in enough time for it, and so some areas are a bit too unrefined for my taste, but I quite like it, all the same. I hope you do too!

If anyone wants to see screenshots of the image's progress, just say the word, and I'll compile some for you.

Time Taken: Around 10 hours, I'd say. Perhaps a little more. Not long enough, anyway.
Program: Photoshop CS, with Wacom Intuos 3

References: [link] and [link] by :iconb-e-c-k-y-stock:

Enjoy! =D
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Majnouna's avatar
Wow! This is beautifully done!! You could easily commercialize this on etsy, it's so much nicer and more elaborate than most commercial greeting cards. I love the vintage colour scheme, and the movement created by the position of the bodies :)
Alene's avatar
Oh, thankyou! I've been looking at places like Cafepress to sell a few things, but I hadn't really thought of Etsy before. It's a good idea. =)
I'm so glad you like it, thanks! I much prefer to send out cards which haven't been purchased - and, of course, no one can accidentally get more than one copy of the same card! =D
Kodaprn's avatar
This is so pretty! I love hand-made cards. I always make hand-made cards for my parents, but they are no where near as nice as this.:)
Alene's avatar
Thankyou! I generally hand-make personal cards for practically everybody, and have done so for years - I dug out some of my old ones by accident yesterday... *shudder*
I'm so glad you like these - and thanks for the :+fav: =D
LavenderElegance's avatar
Wow, this is beautiful. the colors are wonderful. =) That IS a lot of cards to make!
Alene's avatar
Thankyou so much!
It is. They made me pretty grumpy, but I've finished them all now. *dances* =)
theMete0ryt's avatar
haha, beast mode!
Alene's avatar
Beast mode?
theMete0ryt's avatar
beast = awesome >.> LOL
Alene's avatar
Oh I see! Thankyou! =)
theMete0ryt's avatar
AreYoU's avatar
wow! they look great!
Hand made cards are always good no matter what hahaha
Alene's avatar
Thankyou! =)
I agree, hand-made cards are best (although a bit tedious to make in large quantities =P)
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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