Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Designs in Encore Studios Holiday Book

Love is die-cut and stamped in a pale bronze shiny foil 
Complete message: Love, Joy, and Everything in between
Joy is stamped in deep red shiny foil to contrast the lighter color of the first stamping

If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen my update about some good news I had to share with you all. So here it is - Encore Studios has chosen 5 of my designs for their Holiday 2010 book! I just paid a visit to my old Art Director there today and saw the dummy book and picked up some samples. They look GORGEOUS! So much better than my mock-ups and flat print-outs. So nice to see the actual  die-cuts and foil stamping on the right paper. When I design these cards I design them in Illustrator with die-lines and flat colors to represent foil stamping. There is obviously no way to make an inkjet mock-up look anything like a finished piece. I'm good, but I'm not THAT good. Which is why I am so excited about these. I get so attached to my designs and I love to see them come to fruition and get the treatment they deserve.

New Year card with Fireworks stamped in silver and gold

I took lots of photos to share with everyone but I am terribly disappointed with how they turned out. Not much I can do with overhead dining room lighting. I usually take my photos using natural light but I did promise to share my news tonight and I knew tomorrow would come and go and I would never get to this post, so I just bit the bullet. Wish you all could see them in person - the photos don't really do them justice. You WILL be able to see them in person when the book launches and is displayed by Stationers all over the country though! Go to Encore Studios' website and find out who carries their holiday book in your area and pop in and see them in person. Maybe order some? =) 

Thanks for sharing in my wonderful news! Hope you like the designs! Which one is your favorite? 

This card uses holographic foil on the hanging ornaments to give it sparkle
The Christmas Tree is stamped in red foil while the topper and the stars are shiny silver foil
Snowflakes are knocked out of the red foil to show the paper underneath
A Polar Bear family cuddling under the falling snow - this one is my favorite!
The papa bear's paw 'hugs' his family while the baby bear's ear works as a slot and tab to hold the card closed
Papa bear tucks underneath baby bears ear. I just love what you can achieve with die-cuts.
Inside message fits the artwork on the outside of the card
The bears are outlined with a shiny silver stamping and die-cut from a duplex paper

This card uses die-cuts, foil stamping, and peekaboo flaps
Each present has a different pattern stamped in an array of golds and bronzes
The paper used is white with a gold iridescent sheen
Each present holds a holiday 'gift' inside