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Christmas Card 2012

This card was so much fun to make. How else could I have justified a whole day spent doodling with a spirograph?

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to look like. I spent quite a bit of time working out the idea in my sketchbook before I decided it was time to pull out the authentic-still-in-the-box-1960s spirograph. They just don't make them like they used to. I started to doodle and I just kept doing more and more of them. Then I started to layer them and once they started to get a little bit busy I pulled out the eraser and took the rings out. The entire afternoon was lost in pure creativity. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

There are also a lot of thank yous I want to send out. I want to thank everyone who signed up to receive this year's card. If you missed out on this one you can always sign up to get next year's card. I want to thank everyone who received this year's card and was happy to see it arrive in their mailbox. I want to thank everyone who emailed me, called me, facebooked me or saw me in the street and had only nice things to say about it. I want to thank everyone who saved the envelope. It warms my heart to know it's appreciated. A special thank you to Alchemy Pickle who sent me a card to let me know that I inspired them to write more snail mail. Another special thank you to Halley in the Philippines for letting me know that the card arrived. It was (hopefully) the last one to arrive safely at its destination. It was a bit late but that likely made it that much more of a surprise. And one final huge thank you to Sarah Phelps for posting about my card on her blog. Sarah is a very talented printer and designer and I was lucky to get one of her cards in the mail this year: Plaid Tidings (my favourite one).

This year's card is now posted in the portfolio under stationery.