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Sorry, the below project is not Available for 2024.
Instead, please check out our:
standard Christmas Project

2023 CHRISTMAS Preview PROJECT - Artwork GUIDELINES

Bold and bright designs that fill the paper produce the best effect. Large areas of white background are less effective.

 GET THE BEST RESULTS 

 Good RESULTS 

  • Pastels (chalk or oil)

  • Paints (all techniques and media)

  • Collage (including paper and fabric - ensure these are stuck well)

  • Felt Tips

  • Line drawings in ink

  • Inks

  • Printing

  • Charcoal

  • Glitter

  • Same coloured media or material on the same coloured background

  • Light coloured pencils or pencil drawings

  • Pencils or coloured pencils onto coloured paper

  • Metallic pens & paint

  • Photos printed on glossy paper

  • Reflective or shiny papers or materials

  • Sellotape or transparent film

 DO NOT USE 

Do not draw on or over the black border - Keep important details such as text, border designs and/or important features at least 1cm away from the edge of the black border on the form. 
We will reject any forms received which have used coloured or plain pencils.

Complete artwork on form provided.

Please attach one piece of artwork to each form with a glue stick! Don't use staples, paperclips and sellotape as this will show on the card!

Try to keep designs unfolded and damage free as creases and marks will show on the final print.

Pupil Order form preview project
Christmas Santa Artwork Pupil Class Work Play
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Merry Christmas Artwork robins

Keep important details such as text, border designs and/or important features at least 1cm away from the edge of the paper. 

 

 

 

Text on the designs will shrink when resized for printing onto small products ensure all wording is big & bold.

We cut the finished cards a couple of mm in from the edge so as to avoid white lines on the cards and we hate trimming off important details!

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Please note anything extending beyond the black line on the form will not appear on the finished card at all.

Struggling for Artwork ideas?

TIPS TO AVOID DISAPPOINTING RESULTS

Things close to the edge:

Happy Christmas Tree Artwork
Happy Christmas Tree Artwork
Happy Christmas Tree Artwork

  Problem:  

Important elements of the design close to the edge of the paper in production of the card are trimmed off.

  Solution:  

Keep important features at least 1cm away from the edge of your design; anything extending over the black border will be excluded from the image.

Same coloured media on same coloured background:

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artworked
surgested

  Problem:  

Same coloured media, such as cottonwool or white paint on white paper, may be clear on the artwork, but when the design is put through the artwork process it  appears lighter and flatter. There is not enough contrast with the background to work well.

  Solution:  

Try to create as much contrast between the design/artwork and the background paper as possible. Cotton wool on white paper blends into the background; Try the cotton wool design onto coloured paper/material this works really well.

PENCIL ON COLOUR PRINTED
PENCIL OCOLOUR
PENCIL ON COLOUR IMPROVED
silver pen on paper
silver pen on product
suggested

Lightly pressed colour pencils or graphite pencil

(white & coloured backgrounds):

  Problem:  

Coloured Pencils give variable results and If the artwork is faint on the paper it will not show on the printed card. 


Onto Coloured Paper:
Colour and graphite pencils and some Biro pens do not print well on any brightly coloured papers such as Blue, Green, Red and Black. The contrast between the drawing and the background isn’t great enough and the printer will convert to nearest colour.

  Solution:  

To get a better result on coloured background: use a thicker black felt tip pen on the coloured background and this will print better.
Coloured Pencils and Graphite pencils need to be firmly applied onto white paper. 

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sellotape printed
sellotape suggested
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printed
suggestion
photo original
photo suggestion

Reflective or shiny paper or materials:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the colour to change due to reflection.

  Solution:  

To get a better result use different coloured matt paper or materials like sugar paper and tissue paper.

Sellotape or transparent film:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the colour to change due to reflection.

  Solution:  

Try not to use use sellotape, and  transparent film over your artwork as it produces unwanted reflection and spoils the look of the artwork! We try to catch things, but we cannot remove sellotape or it may ruin the artwork; if you don’t want these on the card please take them off before they come to us. 

  Problem:  

Our artwork process causes Metallic paints to change colour due to reflection and reproduction techniques. Silver metallic pens disappear on white paper.

  Solution:  

Try to stick to non-metallic pens because the metallic effect doesn’t reproduce when printed. If you are going to use silver/gold/metallic pens try to use on black paper – and expect the colours to be printed lighter than on the original due to the reflection (silver often comes out white).

Silver pen on white:

Photos on glossy photo paper:

  Problem:  

Reproduction techniques cause the light to bounce off reflective paper.

  Solution:  

Try not to use glossy photo papers. Try to use a Matt finish paper so no reflection occurs.

Please stick things down firmly so pieces don't drop off (usually googly eyes!) 

Keep work flat so that designs don't get folded or creased.


Please take a look at our gallery for some great ideas of artwork that have printed really well in previous years and produced the best results.

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suggested

 DON'T FORGET 

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