Along with the usual bustle of December, I once again gave myself the task of making my own Christmas cards. This year’s design would turn up the complexity from previous years with a Christmas scene painted with watercolour and some gold leaf highlights since I had so much left over from last year.
Originally my plans were lot more ambitious. I wanted each card to have a different image that when put together would create one giant Christmas scene. Time constraints dampened that idea though and instead I chose one that would be easy enough to roll out. I mocked up the design digitally before printing it out to use as my main guideline for all the cards.
I wanted to give the background a slight tint while also keeping the ground area white as if it was covered in snow. This meant using watercolour masking fluid again despite the grief it gave me last time. After some googling, I found that a lot of people rub their brushes on soap to stop the fluid adhering and ruining the brushes. I found this solution worked out great and made the application so much easier than last time.
After painting in the background I was ready to remove the masking fluid but no, it had decided it was going be very difficult nay almost impossible to remove. I spent for-EVER erasing over it again and again that I basically went through an entire eraser getting it off. I seriously thought that I had ruined all the cards, all due to including soap in the application. Thankfully after some rough erasing and no paper tears, the cards were ready for the next stage. Never again masking fluid, never again!
Painting on the rest of the details, I added each layer a set at a time in a sort of production line across all the cards so once I finished the last one, the first would be dry enough to paint on again.
After all of the watercolour work was complete and dried, it was time to add in the gold leaf and the final small touches. Compared to the masking fluid fiasco, gold leaf is particularly wonderful to use – just apply the special glue where you want your gold leaf, wait for it to get tacky and then start adding your gold leaves to it. Wait for it to completely dry, then just remove the excess (which can be saved and used in your next project ;)).
With just some quick cutting out, the cards were then finished and ready for Christmas messages to be written and sent out.
As always I made a gift tag version which featured just the tree element from the cards.
Till next year ;).