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Christmas Ornament Wrapping Paper

My Christmas Ornaments design won first prize on Spoonflower this week. I am so excited. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

I thought I would give you a quick look into how the Christmas Ornament design came to be. This will not be the complete process as I wasn’t recording all my steps, but it will give you a sneak peak inside. I pulled this design together from a few different places.

First I did some sketches in my notebook.

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Then I opened up my Adobe Illustrator and drew some more ornaments with my Wacom Tablet. I have a cheap and outdated version of the Wacom Tablet (but I am very happy with it). I have had the tablet for awhile now, but I fell in love with it when I learned about the “blob brush” during Bonnie Christine’s CreativeLive course.

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I reused and reworked the ornaments that I drew for the design brief from the Vintage Christmas Collection. You can read more about the collection here – Vintage Christmas Collection.

vintage christmasI also reused and reworked some of the ornaments that I drew for another collection that is still a work in progress (Gingerbread Christmas).

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I like to play with my motifs and have this habit of creating way too many. With this design, I tried many variations and made a big mess of my Adobe Illustrator files.

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I played into the wee hours of the morning two nights in a row (after hours and hours of drawing). I finally came up with this simple design that showed off the details on the ornaments.

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I put my design up on Spoonflower and entered it into the contest.

Then I waited. Have I mentioned that waiting is not my strong suit.

Can you imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw that Spoonflower had posted my design in the newsletter to announce the opening of voting?

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(screenshot of my email from Spoonflower)

And then later in the day they included the same image in a blog post on the Spoonflower blog. Well after that excitement and promotion, I had to wait some more.

It was time to get back to work and finish my Lovely Lettering design for this week’s Calligraphy contest. I got that all finished and submitted it. You can see that entry here – Lovely Lettering Fabric Design – and you can go to the Spoonflower homepage and vote in the contest if you like it.

It was then time for more waiting.

I was hoping to make top ten. That was my goal.

When the day finally arrived for the announcement, I could hardly wait (you remember I don’t like waiting). I kept checking the website for news. I was so over the moon when I clicked through and saw my design right there on the screen. A little while later they had put up a beautiful photo of my wrapping paper – all printed out – with a gift wrapped.

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(screenshot of the beautiful display of my design on Spoonflower)

 The Christmas Ornaments design is available as a fabric and gift wrap –> Christmas Ornaments on Spoonflower

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