I did use some circle, oval and hexagon templates to help me design the wreaths and snowflakes. The dot grid paper helped me draw mostly straight lines for the dangles.
I did sketch them in pencil first before inking them in with a Uniball Unipin pen. Colouring was done with various Tombow dual brush pen markers and some sparkly elements added with Uniball signo sparkle gel pens.
These would look lovely as greetings cards. In fact, I’m thinking of redrawing them digitally and using them to make my own christmas cards this year. Printing out the black line work and then colouring them with traditional media. In the past couple of years I’ve designed my christmas/winter/yule cards digitally and had them printed professionally. This year, I think I’ll do it the way I suggest in my book ‘A Dangle A Day’.
They’d also look great as note cards or as pages in a BuJo, planner, scrapboook or journal. They’d lend themselves to cute bookmarks too.
These relatively simple and small dangle designs are perfect for practicing hand lettering too. And in these four dangles I’ve used four different lettering styles.
I’ve also kept the finished designs simple by not adding any drop shadows, except around the ‘HO! HO! HO!’. Not only that, a lot of the colouring is very simple too.
I do hope you’ll have a go at designing your own, maybe using these as a bit of a guide. If you do, I’d love to see what you’ve created.
I’m a bit late getting myself organised this year as to making cards and getting some up on Etsy for sale! However, there’s still time to buy or order some!
The photographs don’t do these cards justice. They subtly shimmer with fine gold and silver mica powders. They have glitter and glitz thanks to Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal drops and Uniball Signo Sparkling pens. The image panels are ‘popped up’ on foam so they have some dimension to them.
All are hand-drawn, coloured and embellished in my own unique, cutesy, wonky, whimsical style. There’s no greeting on the the front inside so you can either add your own or ask for them to be customised for you.