Christmas Card 1992

Microphones in a vase

My card for 1992 was ball-point pen sketch I had made of some microphones arranged like flowers in a vase with a clip-art oak motif border.

It is the weakest of my cards in this set.

I made the sketch when bored in a conference. I sketched the different types of microphone I could see from where I sat and humorously put them together & added an invented vase as if they were flowers.

The border was made from clip-art from (it was in the days before "clip-art" always meant computer artwork elements and it was artwork elements that could be clipped from a real book) 'Art Nouveau Borders' (Ted Menten, 1983, pub. Dover, ISBN 0-486-24431-8).


Happy Christmas, New Year, New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Solstice, Saturnalia etc. calligraphy

On the back, to fill some space, I wrote "Happy Christmas" in a black-letter script with a calligraphy pen. There was still a lot of space so I added some other festivals covered by the Christmas festive period. If I had thought it out better I would have listed a lot more by including them from other religions and done the calligraphy a lot neater (I did not even bother making horizontal guidelines).

It also had an explanation for the card being on paper not cardboard and for the choice of picture in plain writing: "Well, the picture isn't very X'massy - just something daft done in a tedious seminar. This is floppy because the photocopier doesn't take card.". I edited that out when I scanned it for the WWW.

After all, it was only a disposable Christmas card & I had no idea at the time that my cards would get popular and that I would be republishing this card 16 years later!


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original (well, better than the original; to really duplicate the original, write on the extra text and print it on normal paper!):

  1. Get the high resolution full card scan printed using a laser printer (or print once and duplicate by photocopier) on A4 160 g/m2 white cardboard.
  2. Fold the printed cardboard into an A5 greetings card with one straight crease.

More Christmas Cards

For the rest of my Christmas cards, go up to my Christmas card gallery page.