I have a friend who is a cattle farmer. She also has some very cheeky geese who send one goose to distract the humans while the others get up to mischief like scrumping apples in the autumn!
I’d had the idea for this card for a little while but decided to use Canada geese as they seem even more cantankerous than all the others and you wouldn’t want to mess with them if they refused to lay...
Unusually for me, this was a two colour print, meaning I’d need to create one plate for the red bits (the hats, scarves and text) and another for the black bits (the geese and the snow).
So that they would line up when I printed the black over the red, I traced the design twice and set to work.
Here’s the image traced onto the Lino ready to cut.
My goodness, it would have been much easier to just drop the text into the card design when I sent it to the printer, because text is much harder to cut than feathers, fins or fur, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, I do like a challenge...
So, here’s how the red bits looked when I printed them. Ghostly garments awaiting their geese.
Come on, ink, dry so I can print the black layer!
This is the proof of the black bits. Definitely ready to be printed over the top of the red layer and with that, we were done!
While I was printing this, I was sad to learn that many of the food parcels that have been distributed this year by the UK’s Food Banks have been given to families with children.
Christmas is supposed to be magical for kids and the thought of little ones going hungry on such a big day for them is hard to bear... So I decided I would make a donation for each card sold to the Trussell Trust (Food Bank).
If you’d like to help, please visit the Six Geese NOT Laying page. Thank you.