Christmas Cards : Kids playing in the snow

By heather at 10:41 pm on Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil, Pastel, Pencil, Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers. The cards are sold throughout North America. (Read on …)

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Christmas Cards : Jesus Birthday Card

By heather at 12:47 am on Monday, December 25, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Mixed media on craft paper
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I wrote, illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers. (Read on …)

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Christmas Cards : Reindeer Venison

By heather at 12:48 am on Sunday, December 24, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil, Pastel, Pencil, Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers. (Read on …)

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BlueQ | Reindeer Meat Stickers

By heather at 12:01 am on Sunday, December 24, 2006
Another dark humoured product from BlueQ that made me laugh today!”For the carnivore on everyone’s list! This sticker set gives the phrase “holiday trimmings” a new meaning.”
Happy Christmas Eve!
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Christmas Cards : Canadian Animals

By heather at 2:34 am on Saturday, December 23, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil, Pastel, Pencil, Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers. I also reworked it into another card in their Blossom Valley card line, below :

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Christmas Cards : Christmas Tree

By heather at 2:36 am on Friday, December 22, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers. I knew I wanted to use more than one tree… So I scanned th illustration above half way through the watercolour process, and created foil-cup die ornaments. Then I finished the illustration & used it on another card design below :

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Green Christmas Holiday Ideas

By heather at 8:44 pm on Thursday, December 21, 2006

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything “green” so here are some tips to help make it through the wasteful holiday season a little more environmentally friendly.

Green Christmas Decorating Ideas :

  • Christmas Lights : LED (light emitting diode) holidays lights less watts per bulb (0.04 watts per bulb) compared to the usual miniature bulbs that use ten times as much electricity. For outdoor lights, put them on a timer so that they aren’t on all night…not many people are out between the hours of 3-6am to enjoy them anyway!
  • Cranberry strings : bring a classic flare to the tree…and can be eaten by animals after the holidays
  • Avoid using tinsel as it does not decompose. Consider purchasing glass / plastic icicles instead.
  • My personal trick : I found an old chandelier at a garage sale for $15….I took all the crystals off teh chandelier, and used them on the Christmas tree…it makes the tree look very rich & sparkly!
  • Christmas Trees : either use a fake tree (a decent one looks just like a real tree & lasts for years), compost your tree after the season, or even plant a potted norfolk pine / fig tree to use every year.

Green Christmas Wrapping Ideas :

  • Use fabric to “fold” presents into, and tie together with a ribbon or twine…the fabric can be reused again and again, and looks very elegant under a tree.
  • Reuse wrapping paper, boxes, and bags that you & your family receive this year.
  • If you prefer wrapping paper, buy wrap that is recycled and doesn’t have shiny foil embellishments as they take more resources to make than simple printed papers
  • Give a gift within a gift : such as tins, reusable fabric bags, or wooden boxes.
  • Gift Tags : cut up and reuse old greeting cards, calendars, or scraps of wrapping paper to make gift tags

Green Tips for Christmas Gifts :

  • When shopping for gifts, avoid accumulating bags for small purchases (especially those tiny bags that are too small for the garbage) by bringing your own shopping bag, or just putting everything into a bag from a larger purchase.
  • Quality over Quantity : a better quality gift is often valued more than a one-time-use inexpensive gift. If budget is an issue, visit a local second hand shop, or try Ebay…you can often find good quality gifts at a fraction of the cost.
  • Buy gifts unpackaged or minimally packaged
  • Consider the impact of the gift…will the recipient find it useful, or is it a one-time-use gift?
  • Avoid purchasing disposable products, plastic or electronic gadgets with limited use, or anything in aerosol containers.


Dining & Entertaining :

  • A Classy Affair : entertain with dishes, glasswear, fabric napkins & silverware rather than disposable paper & plastic. This is cheaper in the long run and more elegant! You can pick up very inexpensive dinnerware at shops like the dollar store or IKEA…or borrow from a neighbor, or visit the op-shop.
  • Buy Bulk : buying snacks & goodies from a bulk store can reduce the amount of packaging if you were to buy the same bit-by-bit throughout the holidays. It is also less expensive than purchasing smaller packages of food.
  • Compost leftovers that can’t be saved or given to guests in reusable containers
  • Make it easy for your guests to recycle
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Christmas Cards : Crossing the miles

By heather at 2:41 am on Thursday, December 21, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil & Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers… I ended up using bits and pieces from this card to create about 5 other designs, was a versatile graphic for them. (Read on …)

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Christmas Cards : Elves

By heather at 2:32 am on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil & Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I originally illustrated & designed this greeting card at College for a fundraiser, but later sold it to my employer Image Craft, Inc. for their card line…and reworked it to look as it does below:

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Christmas Cards : Mice

By heather at 1:05 am on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Illustration by Heather Castles (MacKay) Image Craft, Inc.
Christmas greeting card illustration & design
End Client: Image Craft Inc.
End Product : Greeting Card
Media Used To Create: Colored Pencil, Watercolor
Copyright Owner: Image Craft, Inc.
Description of the process :
I illustrated & designed this greeting card while working for Image Craft, Inc. as one on their team of designers.

And…working at Image Craft, we were often required to “rework” graphics to reuse them for other captions, so I reused this graphic by reworking it below :

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