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12 Days of Christmas CARDS | offthebeatenpress.com

Technically, I started these Christmas cards last year in December. In a work meeting, I began some doodling in pencil of the 12 Days of Christmas. I brought it home later that night and started playing with spacing and ink. Here are the results of that doodle session.

12 Days of Christmas Cards | offthebeatenpress.com

Fast forward to OCTOBER of this year and I took a picture of my doodle and brought it to my iPad. The iPad was amazing and really helped me center things and align them in clean ways. I knew I wanted to letterpress this, and this was also a test to see how a drawing from my iPad would translate to a cut.

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The answer? It translated beautifully. I decided to print these on flat stock and send out “prints” as Christmas cards so people could frame them or use them in other ways! Here is a close up of the cut.

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And the cut locked up in the chase

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I printed them at home in my kitchen one evening and the pile of prints came out great!

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I sent them all out to friends in black envelopes.

12 Days of Christmas Cards | offthebeatenpress.com

When I ran out of black though, I played with some other colors & styles.

12 Days of Christmas Cards | offthebeatenpress.com

Here is a pretty shot of just the card.

12 Days of Christmas Cards | offthebeatenpress.com

If you are interested in buying a print, they are for sale on Etsy.