Saturday, 5 November 2011

Christmas card designs

I've been given permission to show the cards that I designed and printed for my friends' Accountancy Aid business, so I'm now showing what I did for this year and then what I did for last year.

This year I was given a drawing of their premises to work on, so this is the scan:

I digitally changed the image, taking out the security camera on the left and adding some snow to give the picture a festive look. I then used elements from My Craft Studio Magic of Christmas CD to add to the picture. The biggest problem I had was that the print out from MCS had a crop mark in the bottom right hand corner and I couldn't get rid of it, so in the end I somehow managed to save the complete image as a PDF and then converted this to the Jpg to work on further to make it ready to print. I got there in the end, but the whole card took so many tweaking episodes that I was having to call the documents by lots of different names and found it quite hard to find the latest one to work on - my computer has so many versions saved!

This is what I was working on when I showed my workspace for WOYWW 126.

So 300 cards have now been delivered to Accountancy Aid and this is what the final card looks like:

I made cards for them last year, but didn't show them on my blog, so thought I would now. This is a photo that I was given to work on - looking up the road towards the Accountancy Aid building.
I digitally removed the blue car which was near the building and put a door in its place. I also removed the bit of the car poking out on the left hand side. I softened the edges and added the holly corners and the greeting - and then printed 300. This has actually got a white background - not sure why it's showing clear on here.

I'm linking these for the following challenges:

Pixie cottage 94: get started - make a Christmas card
Mami doodles 37: Christmas
St Luke's November: Christmas is coming
Crimbo crackers 1: anything goes
Freshly brewed 71: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes


  1. I think these are great Hazel. I hope they are really pleased with them. I enjoy playing around with photos on my computer in this way but I know how time-comsuming it can be. And all those 'inbetween' versions that you have to save in case you need to back track a bit! But the results are worth it. Kate x

  2. You're so clever Hazel! These look FAB!!!

  3. Oh Hazel you are so thorough and patient!

    Well done you on two really SUPER business xmas cards, they really are the bees knees!

    I know if I run that business Id be really impressed with your results!

    They are fabulous!

    Keryn x

  4. Quite amazing work on the computer! Thanks for sharing on Speedy the Cat's Challenge!

  5. Hi Hazel,
    This is fabulous.
    I saw it on MIM.
    Justyna x

  6. golly gee~~to me that seems like a lot of work but I know what work is to one can be fun for others :) Your end results are Gorgeous!!! Love them both Hazel!! You are one busy lady!! Thanks again for joining us at The Pixie Cottage --best of luck

  7. Wow - what a great idea and such wonderful cards! Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

  8. Fabulous card, you are so talented Hazel. I saw it on MIM xx Jan

  9. Both great cards! Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  10. Too technical for me but oh my I do so love the resulting Christmas cards , Hazel .Wonderful work .I REALLY LIKED then both .
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  11. wow fabulous card hazel ,how clever of you with all the techie stuff ,i am a numpty when it comes to tech stuf
    i love how it turned out
    thanks for joining us at DDSB ns good luck
    tracey x

  12. Gosh you're so clever, these are fabulous!
    Thanks for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge this week over at Pollycraft :o)

  13. Hi Hazel, your cards are lovely and how clever you are to change them around. To be entered into our prize draw, your image has got to be hand coloured, but thanks for joining us at DDSC.

  14. These are wonderful, Hazel! Aren't you TALENTED! I'm very impressed!
    Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our, "Anything Goes with Blog Candy" challenge.
    Warm Hugs,

  15. Hazel these are gorgeous!! I am in awe of your digital graphics talent! Thank you for playing along with us this week at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge.

  16. How clever of you.They look great and your friend should be extremely pleased with the results.Thanks for joining us at DDSC.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with us at Papertake Weekly and hope you join us again soon!
    hugs, Sharon

  18. So creative Hazel, it was worth the hard work. Thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge!

  19. Great cards Hazel and thanks for joining in our challenge over at St Lukes


  20. You're obviously very handy with a computer - I'd have no idea where to start.

  21. These are pretty amazing. It is just too cool what you can do with a computer and an image!

    Thanks for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge are Fresh Brewed Designs! :) Gale

    Come by my blog for a chance to win 'My Memories' scrapbook software from Polaroid!

  22. Absolutely beautiful! I love how you adjusted the photos. They all turned out fabulous. Thank you for playing with us at Digi Doodle Shop!

    xx Star

  23. Wow, amazing, stunning and beautiful, that's what these cards are!!! Thanks for joining us at the Freshly Brewed "Anything Goes" Challenge.



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