Designer Christmas Cards 2004 | December 1, 2004

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Last years Christmas card proved quite popular with my friends and relatives, so I thought I’d make another one this year. I decided to keep it simple so went with a classic script font and snowflake design. To make it a little more contemporary however, I chose a pink and brown colour scheme, my current favourite.

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Posted at December 1, 2004 11:38 PM

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Judi Sohn said on December 2, 2004 2:15 AM

Fun idea! This card for a client is at the printer right now. I designed this company logo a few months ago. For their card, I took the house out of the logo and decked it out for the holidays:

Here’s the inside:

Jeff Croft said on December 2, 2004 2:30 AM

Damn you, Andy. I was just fnishing up my pink and brown Christmas Card (also my current favorite).

This isn’t fair at all. :)

Jeff Minard said on December 2, 2004 6:29 AM

Lolzors!

We used the same character for the “flakes” :)

(Click for the full PDF version. Print it on regular 8.5×11 and fold!)

Phil said on December 2, 2004 7:25 AM

I know it’s a bit of a cliche these days but here’s my effort!

Raena Armitage said on December 2, 2004 7:49 AM

Still working on it, mind.

Veerle said on December 2, 2004 9:06 AM

Here is my digital card of last year that was linked to our (ShockWave) penguin winter game :

From digital to hand-made water-color art. Back in the mid nineties I’ve made some water-color Chrismas card series for a publisher. This is one of them:

Mark said on December 2, 2004 10:41 AM

Here’s mine. After spending a fortune last year on pretty crappy cards I thought i’d have a go at doing my own this year. Just gone off to the printers.

Andy Budd said on December 2, 2004 2:55 PM

Thanks everybody, keep em rolling in.

Jeff: The more the merrier so post yours up. Maybe we can make brown and pink the official colour scheme for Christmas 2004?

Daniel Knibbs said on December 2, 2004 9:36 PM

Gadzooks! I guess, I’m not the only one who likes brown, though I’ll take it with blue!

Warren Black said on December 2, 2004 10:46 PM

This is our company card. The characters are ‘wintered-up’ versions of us from our website, and are cut out and raised off the card by foam pads (for that 3D effect).

Illustrations by the lady in the pink on the right. I’m the one in the blue hat. :)

And yes, I think that’s the same snowflake dingbat in the background…

Darren Wood said on December 3, 2004 8:35 AM

Instead of sending an actual xmas card i made a mix CD that has the above as the cover. I have a lot of non-christian mates so I chose a secular holiday greeting.

Ed Keay-Smith said on December 3, 2004 5:31 PM

What a great display of Christmas cards.

It has inspired me to do some myself. Thanks

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Scott Marshall said on December 3, 2004 6:01 PM

Card for my Employer, Nova Scotia Community College. In a flash of creativity, I was able to build the snowflakes using our wordmark.

Margaret said on December 3, 2004 6:48 PM

I work for a company that sells forlift truck parts. These are the Christmas cards we send to our customers. We tried to relate the parts to some Christmas theme every year.

Jeff Croft said on December 3, 2004 7:28 PM

My brown and pink card:

And the tag for putting on gifts that goes with it:

David Warford said on December 3, 2004 7:51 PM

This year I designed a number of cards for my company (which can be seen here ). The above card was the one which was chosen.

Joshua Brewer said on December 3, 2004 9:44 PM

Jeez, sorry about that… here it is.

Josh said on December 4, 2004 1:49 AM

With some persistence, a quick shutter-speed on your digital camera, a few inexpensive props, and a bag full of bacon, you too can send out great images of your pets…

Andy Budd said on December 4, 2004 11:55 AM

Sorry Hass but I had to delete your post as it appears your server is set up not to allow hotlinking of images.

AkaXakA said on December 4, 2004 4:08 PM

What you might like to know that Jeff Croft has a holiday card contest: Jeff Croft’s contest blog entry.

I might find time to make one before Christmas, but I’m notoriously too busy every year around this month…..sigh.

Peter G. said on December 5, 2004 1:38 AM

You guys have inspired me to make my own Christmas card for my family. But, where should I get them printed? Here’s what I’m playing around with right now:

Front:
Inside:

Peter G. said on December 5, 2004 1:43 AM

Sorry, I guess I did that wrong.

Front:

Inside:

kelet said on December 5, 2004 1:53 AM

I’ve never done that before,and you are all full of great design sparkles.
Beautiful Works!!

Colin said on December 5, 2004 5:20 AM

Some people dress up their pets. I dress up my daughter:

Jon Abad said on December 5, 2004 7:29 AM

This thread excites me to make my own cards! Can someone recommend a printer for the someone who wants to make a very small run? Like 50 max?

Michael B. said on December 5, 2004 8:33 PM

I am still working on my card for 2004, but here’s what I came up with last year. I’ve posted two of the versions that came up during the design process.

Scott Holdsworth said on December 6, 2004 2:50 AM

Last years effort…This years design still swimming around in the head and running out of time. Have new baby to add as well.

kelet said on December 6, 2004 6:34 AM

Hi,I came here again and made two today.It’s my first time to make card by myself.Interesting!

Jon Hicks said on December 6, 2004 2:38 PM

I’m keeping it simple (again!)

Jon Hicks said on December 6, 2004 2:48 PM

oops, no HTML, try again…

Brian Biddle said on December 6, 2004 4:56 PM

No card yet for 04, but here’s last years card for my company

Brian Biddle said on December 6, 2004 5:03 PM

ok, well try again.

mark s said on December 6, 2004 6:01 PM

Hi,
Would Jeff Croft (or any one else who knows) mind telling me what typeface he’s used for the ‘give’ and ‘gift’ lettering - a gi ligature as fine as that can keep me going through the dark winter months.
Cheers.

Brian Biddle said on December 6, 2004 6:12 PM

3’s a Charm…

Benny said on December 6, 2004 7:06 PM

hey everyone,
all these cards are great…i, too, along with the others will probably make a card myself this year…but what/how do you get these printed?

steve said on December 6, 2004 7:40 PM

sleep well, santa!

steve said on December 6, 2004 7:48 PM

sleep well, santa!

Jason G said on December 6, 2004 10:15 PM

Actually something I did last year, but freshened up a bit…

Jason G said on December 6, 2004 10:20 PM

Ok, so I’m new at the whole textile thing…

Jason G said on December 6, 2004 10:26 PM

Ok if it don’t work this time, I give up!…

Jon Hicks said on December 7, 2004 3:05 PM

Wow, I love steve’s sleeping santa!

Victor Vega said on December 7, 2004 5:19 PM

the younges member of our family :-)

Victor Vega said on December 7, 2004 5:22 PM

the youngest member of our family :-)

Brian Behrend said on December 7, 2004 11:17 PM

Front:

Inside:

P.S. This Textile stuff is much harder than actual HTML.

Tijs said on December 8, 2004 9:28 AM

We are doing several christmas cards this year but i think this one is the most fun. It’s for a dutch Casino and we used flash to allow people to send it using their own portraits in the card.

front:

back:

You can try it out for yourself if you want. It’s in Dutch but it’s not very hard to figure out. Have fun!

Kory said on December 8, 2004 1:50 PM

A Christmas postcard I created for The Spiritual Formation Department of the Wesleyan Church.

Andy Budd said on December 14, 2004 1:08 AM

Bugger. I printed out my cards on my Epsom printer a week or so ago. I was just about to post them when I realised that the dark brown seems to have degraded into black with blobs of blue! It’s proper photocard paper and Epsom ink so I’ve got no idea why it’s changed colour.

Jeff Smith said on December 14, 2004 5:45 AM

Andy, did you use normal inkjet ink, or did you use inkjet photo ink? If you used normal ink on photo paper, that could be the culprit for the degradation of your brown. Normal ink doesn’t mix well with the chemicals on photo stock. I also learned that the hard way myself.

Andy Budd said on December 14, 2004 10:14 PM

As far as I know it’s just regular inkjet ink. That is to say it’s the ink Epsom say you’re supposed to use with that model. I’ve never seen any mention of using different inks for different paper stocks, but it sounds plausible.

Just one more reason to dislike consumer printer and ink cartridge manufacturers.