Monday, November 16, 2009

love | life holiday card

I have been handcrafting my holiday card for several years. This year I decided to make a special set available for purchase. Here's the first in a small series of limited edition holiday cards, using some of my favorite techniques:

These are a limited edition of 50. I'm thrilled with what the customer/friend who has purchase the first 25 said "...for my family and closest friends ... they will be my gifts, a work of art and a card of holiday greeting all rolled into one."

I started with an original illustration from my sketchbook, then inked it all in black. I scanned in the illustration and made it to size, printed it on a lazer printer. I mixed the special ink and gocco printed the tree. Gocco was developed in Japan. In gocco printing, a thermally imprinted screen is used to hand print liimited edition of images. Production of print gocco materials has recently been discontinued, I have limited materials. Gocco prints are now becoming an increasingly rare form of printing.

The little bird was also an original sketch. I hand carved the bird stamp using mastercarve substrate and carving tools. Now I can position the little cardinals anywhere.

painted highlights of the leaves and added splattering of festive red and spray of sparkles.

I'm finishing up a few different designs. Each edition will be less than 50, all signed and numbered. These are monarch size card (7.25 X 3.625) and come with a open end policy envelope. I'll be posting a few more handcrafted cards by the end of the week. You can purchase them through my etsy site or email me.


Pippin said...

Beautiful. I just finished my painting for my holiday card. Will post it soon. I really like your work!

Deborah said...

Hi Cherylyn,

I just wanted to stop by to let you know that you are the Winner of our "Handmade Holiday Card Contest" and have won a $50 DANIEL SMITH Gift Certificate!

Thank you for entering, and enjoyed reading about how you made the card both inside the card and on your blog!


Genevieve said...

You're win was well deserved! Congrats!

Patrice said...

Congrats on winning the DS card contest with this really lovely card! :)