Vintage DIY Christmas Cards.
Combine the interest of vintage Christmas cards from the late 1800s with the special feeling of a card handpainted by you just for those you love. These simple and attractive 4 images are from the late 1800s and have been prepared especially for handpainting. The line drawings are placed to allow for folding and are ready for you to color using the palettes suggested here. If you wish, you can color the image on your computer using Photoshop, Corel Painter or any other image program. Here’s all you do if you wish to hand color the images:
Step 1 - Simply print out a copy on your photocopier, inkjet or laser printer. Make sure you use heavy 8 1/2” x 11” stock; either white or a light color.
Step 2 - choose your coloring materials. You can use markers, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, crayons, pencils or any other medium you wish. Just remember if you use water-based paints, the ink from your injet will run. That can create some special unique effects so print a couple extra and experiment. You might really like the results!
Step 3 - Choose the colors that best match those used in the sample or choose any combination that pleases you ... and go to work finishing your card. Fold the card twice and make sure the image is to the front panel. (Just refold if it doesn’t work the first time!)
Step 4 - Sign the card and send. It’s that simple!
You may use these images in your personal and commercial work, but they cannot be resold as clip art or as part of a commercial graphics package. Copyright for these enhanced images is retained by Art MacKay.
Enjoy! Art MacKay and Karen MacKay at Art MacKay Studios