Sunday, January 13, 2013

Itchy Sweater Christmas Cards

Over the holidays, I made a couple gifts. One of them was a series of Christmas cards.

I didn't have time to make cards for everyone, but I did manage to make a set for several people - one for a friend in the Arsty Santa exchange, and two for my very dear friends that have helped me out over the year with other creative endeavors. This winter's theme: itchy Christmas sweaters. Because ugly Christmas sweaters are so pase.

I tried to capture the personalities of my friends as best I could. Hopefully they approve of my interpretations.

Jenn Liv, fellow illustrator and Queen of the Boxes.

My roommate Brooke. Connoisseur of fuzzy socks, critic of my life choices.

Zoe Maxine, fellow illustrator. Beholder of hats and all things awkward.

I think I got their likenesses pretty accurate.

After I finished the illustrations, I made a mad dash to the print shop. And good god, the print shop. Have you ever had that moment of panic, where you think you have time, but you DOUBLE EXTRA TRIPLE CHECK to make sure that you do? And they tell you "yes, we're open for the holidays" only to arrive and find out they're closed?

You know that feeling you get, when a shudder runs down your spine and you have that sick sensation in your stomach, at the thought of having to print your work at Kinkos? Yeah, that was me.

Fortunately, I managed to beg my way into getting a small run print done at a large run print shop, and the illustrations turned out wonderful. Then, I set about making the cards. Documented the process, too!


Cutting out the prints! In the process of turning them into cards. Like pokemon - only better.

Creating the backs of the cards. I used card stock, red paper, Japanese paper (I forget exactly which kind), and ribbon. Fancy.

Details on them fancy, fancy cards.

Fancy cards in their finished state. I present to you, The Itchy Sweater Christmas Cards. Lookin' good, ladies. 


  1. Hi Shi Anne! I love these cards! I recently wrote a blog post on my therapy website about going home for the holidays and managing family stress. These images captured the itchy-sweater-awkward conversation overwhelm perfectly. I hope it is okay that I've used them as images in my post. I invite you to check it out! and please let me know if you'd like me to credit you in another way...right now I have put your website as a caption when you hover over the image! Happy Holidays! ---Emily

    1. Hello Emily. My apologies for not responding sooner--this is an old art blog of mine that's been put out of commission, and I don't check it too frequently (my new blog is, and my website is While I'm thrilled that you like my art and I'm glad that you contacted me to let me know of your use of them, these were personal commissions and I'm a freelance illustrator. I make my living off of the licensing of my images and the selling of prints and art-related merchandise. The licensing for sharing my images on social media is a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND unless otherwise stated, and your blog is a commercial entity (you are offering therapy on your website). I'm going to have to respectfully ask that you take them down.

      I'll send you this info in an email as well (