Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve Day!

I used to make fairly elaborate Christmas cards, and for a few years I made "advent calendar"-type cards, incorporating the traditional twenty-four "doors" which are opened, one per day from December 1 to December 24, to reveal hidden surprises. For this one from 1983 (I probably drew it the same month the Turtles were created), I created this top layer depicting a fanciful Christmas-themed landscape.

Then I drew this piece with the various images which would be revealed as each "door" was opened. This sheet would be glued (carefully, along the edges) underneath the top sheet.

But that couldn't be done until after I had carefully pre-cut along three sides, with an X-Acto knife, each of the twenty-four "doors" so that they could be easily opened by the cards' recipients. I think this was the step that finally put me off doing these things -- it was a lot of work! -- PL

P.S. The finished card measured 8.5 by 11 inches. -- PL


VforVashaw said...

Really looks fantastic, Pete!

- Austin

~ tOkKa said...

-->> <3


Bookgal said...

So cool though! Happy Holidays everyone!

~ tOkKa said...


Adam Riches said...

I think it's super awesome that you worked a triceratops and if I'm correct a picture of you and your wife in the sleigh. Very personalized, I've made a few elaborate cards like this in the past but as you said they are massively time consuming. So they are saved for super special occasions now.

Newton Gimmick said...

Very cool Peter. I'm a big fan of Advent calanders even though I've never had one. I always have wanted to have one.

If it's no biggie, I'd like to print this one out and use it next year! It'd be very cool right by the computer!