There’s always something that one can wish for at Christmastime. Ten stampers share Christmas-inspired artwork that’s both festive and creative and let’s us know what they’re wishing for.
The artwork here is by Aimee Eliason, who wishes Santa a safe flight. The scene evokes feelings of Old World yuletides. “I very much had Europe in mind when creating this scene,” she says. “I love this stamp. The image of four houses with spaces in between is quite large and just begs to be put in a scene with trees and landscaping. There’s a folk art feel to it with its almost hand-drawn quality.”
The colorful framing picks up on the colors Aimee used for the night sky. “I find it fun to create skies with unusual color combinations that may or may not appear in nature. I would encourage stampers to try doing skies in unusual color schemes sometime—it’s fun and a great creative outlet.”
She masked the houses, then dabbed pigment inks with a makeup sponge to create the sky. The houses and trees were colored with alcohol markers. “The images in silhouette were stamped, then I used a Micron .005 pen to darken them. I think every stamper should keep one of these pens handy. The tip is so incredibly fine you can sharpen the edges of even the tiniest of stamps.”
Once the scene was colored, Aimee added snow to the roofs and trees. She also added stars, and snowflakes in the night sky—all with a white gel pen. I
Wish Santa a Safe Flight by Aimee Eliason(Stamp credits: Santa’s sleigh, church, tree silhouettes—Sentimentally Yours; row houses—Jambalaya’s Stubby Stampers; winter pines—Practical Publishing.)