About a week and a half ago I started taking pictures of the Christmas decorations around Midtown Manhattan on my way to work. My original plan was to post a series of photos called “A Very Midtown Christmas.” Then I thought, wait– I could turn two of the photos into Christmas cards!
Since January, I’ve been taking graphic design classes and this would be a good way to keep up with my new Photoshop and Illustrator skills. I had such a great time with this project! I did most of the work in Illustrator — playing around with Live Trace and some of the color palettes (especially with the Nutcracker card).
Next up, I had no idea where to get the cards printed. I ended up going to Mpix.com . If you click on Cards and then select DIY, you can upload a jpeg of anything you created and make a flat or folded card. Super easy and reasonably priced. I also chose a glossy finish on the outside of the cards.
Couldn’t be happier with how these cards came out. Now I have two pieces for my portfolio!