Christmas Card 1996

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Border left Hedgehog Border right
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My photograph for 1996 was of a cute hedgehog looking at the camera from luscious green grass. Taken in Leckhampton Gardens (Corpus's college gardens & postgraduate campus), Cambridge, UK, in 1993.

It is unusual for a hedgehog to be active in daylight (I hope it was not unwell) but this one was feeding in daylight on the lawn just outside my bedsit so I went out and took a a photograph.

Camera = Pentax K1000.

The border was of abstract doodled strokes made with an italic calligraphy fountain pen and deliberately kept mostly open and white. I made it quickly when I realised I had left drawing a border rather late.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 5.5"x3.7" on photographic paper. If it does not have rounded corners then round them by cutting off the white bits at the corners.
  2. Print the border using a laser printer (or print once and duplicate by photocopier) on A4 160 g/m2 white cardboard.
  3. Fold the printed cardboard into an A5 greetings card with one straight crease.
  4. Glue (or double sided selotape or similar) the photograph to the card in the correct orientation. Take care not to make the photograph too soggy.

Printing the border & photograph together on a colour printer does not give as good results (neither home laser nor inkjet printers have yet reached photographic printing quality). It also costs more (because of the ridiculous current price of printer ink) and gives a more mass-produced look.

More Christmas Cards

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