Christmas Card 2004

Border top
Border left Dew drops on cotinus flowers Border right
Border bottom

My photograph for 2004 was of dew drop on cotinus (smoke bush) flowers deliberately out of focus. The resulting abstract looks jolly to me and reminds me of Christmas baubles. Taken in my back garden in 2004.

Camera = Olympus C50.

The border was an adaptation of last year's with the solid lines and circles made into less prominent open ones and expanded to fit the standard digital print size of 6"x4.5" from the standard film print size of 6"x4". In the process of expanding I temporarily had a gap in the edge of the border and thought it looked good so I kept it. Expanding vertically reduced the top & bottom borders making the size borders look disproportionately wide so I filled them with additional short lines in the same style.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 6"x4.5" on photographic paper.
  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.