Valentine Day eCard and Friendship eCard

Our newest card Friends is loosely inspired by the paper cuttings of Matisse and my love for bold blue — an ode to friendship and love! As I was illustrating this card I was imagining all that I would tell my closest friends, what their friendship and love means to me, and how it just makes everything better! This card is great for Valentine’s Day, thinking of you, love, anniversaries, friendship, and anytime you want to send a little illustrated poetry to someone you simply adore.  Here is our collection of ecards for Valentine’s Day and ecards for friendship.

Friends – ecard for Valentine Day and friendship

We hope your Valentine’s Day is spent with the important people in your life that make everything better. 

Happy New Year & a Heartfelt Thank You!

As we wrap up another year, we would like to thank you for your continued support and interest. The past year has given us a lot of reasons to be grateful and to continue to do meaningful work. Creating cards for you to share with your friends and family is our passion project. What makes it truly meaningful is that we see it making a difference in your lives. As something new this year, I started sharing much more of what we do behind the scenes before you see the card up on our site by posting several times a week to our Instagram. You are welcome to ask me questions there also if you are curious about anything or leave a comment.

Starry Starry Night eCard

If you have not had a chance to send it yet, we invite you to view our newest card for New Year, Starry Starry Night. Send renewed hope and celebrate all that is beautiful and bright in this world with a card that takes you from the deep jungles to the city jungles as the world unites in celebration of New Year. You can continue to enjoy it well into the new year, as it is also well suited for any celebration that calls for fireworks, like anniversaries and birthdays.

Warmest wishes,

Frederikke & the Ojolie Team

Thank You from Ojolie

New & Fun Holiday eCards for Christmas

More new cards for the holidays have been added to our website.

Whether you just absolutely adore flamingos, crave a different kind of holiday card or live somewhere where snow is not ever a part of the holiday season, Fa la la Mingo is a cute tropical Christmas ecard you have been searching for!

ojolie-flamingo

Growing up I had the great experience of celebrating the holidays in a few places, where we had to get creative – no pine trees, snow or any of the things I traditionally associated with Christmas to be found. To my great delight, I have since discovered that unusual ornaments have become a huge trend. Tropical birds and flamingos take center stage in this beautifully illustrated jungle card, set to an island tune that will get you in the mood for some real joy and fun, no matter where or how you celebrate.

This winter Christmas ecard, Wonderful Snow Time will inspire you to bust our your ice skates, snow tube or sled, if you are lucky enough to see a white Christmas or get nice snowfall. This card makes for a great season’s greetings and is set to a really upbeat holiday tune that is sure to spread delight. You can also check out all our Christmas ecards and New Year ecards.

We can’t wait to share all our new cards for the winter festive season. If you would like to follow along and see what we create in the studio and how these illustrations go from paper and paint to animation, you can follow us on Instagram as well.

ojolie-behind-the-scene

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Holiday Anticipation & New Christmas Ecards

At Ojolie our holiday cards are some of our most elaborate productions and holiday planning starts really early. It is always a really satisfying feeling when we get to this point, where we can finally unveil what we have been working on for you. The first cards have been released on our site, with more to come. If you know someone who absolutely loves the build up to Christmas Eve, then Gifts of the Season is the holiday ecard for them.

gifts around Christmas tree - a scene in a Christmas ecard
gifts around Christmas tree, a scene in a Christmas ecard

From the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through the house, to the joy of decorating them with your loved ones, no detail is left to chance. These little acts of love and care are the gifts of the season that inspired this ecard. We approached making this ecard with the same attention to detail, from visualizing the idea, to carefully hand-painting the elements that come together in the final card. We hope you and your recipients will enjoy it!

the making of a Christmas ecard
the making of a Christmas ecard

We can’t wait to share all our new cards for the winter festive season. If you would like to follow along and see what we create in the studio and how these illustrations go from paper and paint to animation, you can follow us on Instagram as well. Check out our collection of beautiful animated Christmas ecards.

watercolor elements for a Christmas ecard
watercolor elements for a Christmas ecard

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Before We Kiss This Year Goodbye – New Year Ecards

We are happy share a few new cards we created that capture the spirit of this year – a year that is almost impossible to sum up.

We are extremely grateful for your support and the many kind messages we receive from many of our members throughout the year. We will continue to strive to improve and create cards that help you stay in touch with the most important people in your life.

We wish you a New Year of health, happiness, hope and lots of time with friends and family.

Check out our new ecards for New Year below and the entire collection of New Year ecards.

In This Together Fireworks New Year Ecard

We redid our popular card In This Together with fireworks and a Happy New Year greeting. This card was inspired by balcony performances and creative outlets everywhere this year. While there has been a lot of bad news, more than we really have the capacity to process, there have also been amazing display of courage, creativity and kindness.

Let’s Kiss This Year Goodbye New Year Holiday Ecard

Kiss This Year Goodbye sums up how many of us feel – this has been a year many of us would rather forget or fast forward through! This card is also perfect if you did not get around to sending a holiday card yet and are looking for a card that combines both your Christmas and New Year greeting into one.

Ojolie’s premium membership for a full year allows you to send all our cards as much as you want. We offer a full 30 day money back guarantee, so there is no risk.  You can also sign up for a free membership and send our collection of free ecards.

Nutcracker Theme & Dog Theme Holiday Ecards

Our new card Cracking a Tune is a humorous take on a nutcracker themed holiday card, that will put a smile on the lips of your friends and family with a surprising twist. Perfect for everyone on your list, no matter their age. Set to a cracking tune that will even make the nutcrackers bust out of their rigid shells😄

Cracking A Tune Animated Christmas Ecard
Cracking A Tune Animated Christmas Ecard

The card Leaping for Joy is inspired by Valde, one of my mother’s two dogs. We know there is a little bit of poodle in him, and he is formidable at standing on his hind legs. This little vignette started to take place in my mind after one of his great performances on two legs in hope of a treat. In my imagination, all his friends from the dog park have come to cheer him on as he leaps for joy at finally making a perfect jump on the ice😁 We hope you enjoy sending this as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Leaping for joy Christmas Ecard
Leaping for joy Christmas Ecard

Last, but not least, is a remake of the Thanksgiving card All Gathered into a new version Festive Gathering where the table is set for this festive season and inspired by holiday celebrations we have shared with friends from different cultures and religions … no matter how you celebrate, this card embraces the comfort of coming together around some great food and company in the spirit of the season.

Festive Gathering Holiday Ecard
Festive Gathering Holiday Ecard

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday Season

Check out our collection of beautiful Christmas ecards and New Year ecards.

Ojolie’s premium membership for a full year allows you to send all our cards as much as you want. We offer a full 30 day money back guarantee, so there is no risk.  You can also sign up for a free membership and send our collection of free ecards.

A Holiday Ecard for the Difficult Times

The inspiration for our first new holiday ecard for the holiday season is the musical outlet – coming together and sharing through music – and the way that people have amazed us with their creativity, courage, strength and empathy during this difficult year.

In my native country of Denmark people have tuned into a program on tv each morning to sing together. In Italy and many other countries people have played on their balconies. All over the world people have shown that music uplifts us during difficult times, unites us and makes the festive season burn bright.

We hope this card brings some light and smiles during a difficult year for all!

Check out our collection of beautiful animated ecards for Christmas and New Year.

Ojolie’s premium membership for a full year allows you to send all our cards as much as you want. We offer a full 30 day money back guarantee, so there is no risk.  You can also sign up for a free membership and send our collection of free ecards.

2016 is around the corner!

The joy of creating 

Is it that time already? Time seems to be flying by and
before you blink the New Year is upon us.

This usually means reflecting on the year that was and
setting your intentions for the year ahead.
The pressure is on to devise your New Year resolutions; lose
weight, exercise more, spend less, save more, work less, work more, give up
smoking, coffee, sugar etc.
However I wanted to propose a different idea from the common
traditional clichés with this new ecard.  A
resolution about committing to the idea of getting more out of life. By this I
mean giving yourself permission to take the time to do whatever it is you
enjoy. 

This
is not always so easy in today’s world, where we live in a landscape that
forces us to stay busy, future-oriented and stressed. Sometimes we just
need to build in more moments to breathe. Take in the present and become
mindful of the simple pleasures that we are in contact with every day if we
allow ourselves to become more conscious of them. 

When we created this business 10 years ago, our intention
was generate an income and lifestyle that would allow us to spend more quality
time together as a family, focus less on material things, and allow us the
freedom to invent whilst enjoying the process along the way.
Hence, the creation of Ode to Life ecard.
View the card
More hugs, naps, road trips, fun and moments of joy, love
and celebration. More laughter, dreaming, creating and sipping on hot cocoa. 
Taking the time to view more sunsets, smell the scents of fresh flowers, breathe in the zest of life! 

Life is for living.  
We are working so we can live, not living just to work.
Every moment is a gift!

2016 is the year for dancing!

This card is a compilation of the various animation styles of our favourite designs. Each vignette is intended to make you smile.

These are some of our resolutions for the coming year.
What are yours? What will bring more enjoyment into your life?

There is no better time than the present to set your intentions to invite more bliss into your world and enhance your well-being with the choices conscious you make. 

Come join with us in the commitment to make the most of your daily life by building in more momentary simple pleasures. 

Taking time out just for you

12 days of Christmas in a Paper Wonderland

Most people are familiar with the Christmas
song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. To most it’s a delightful
nonsensical rhyme set to music. As I recently discovered, it is a good deal more than just a repetitious
melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts.

12 Days of Christmas Paper Cut Motifs

To give you a brief background on
the history, Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when
Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from any
practice of their faith by law – private or public. It was a crime to be a
Catholic.
“The Twelve Days of
Christmas” was written in England as one of the “catechism
songs” to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith and used as
a memory aid.
Today, this famous song was chosen to partner with our very
popular ecard of the same name; the 12 days of Christmas paper cut card.

As an artist it is only natural that I draw inspiration from my own Danish heritage in my work.  In Denmark it is common to cut and display paper cuttings in windows all year round, but especially during Christmas.   They are also used to hang on Christmas and garden trees across all seasons in the form of paper hearts or stars. 

Common Christmas designs include sleighs and reindeer, flora and fauna, nativity scenes, villages etc. Contemporary designs modern silhouettes, cityscapes and famous sayings. 

And what better idea than to bring this famously silly series of gifts from the carol to life than in 12 ornaments in a paper cutting window scene.

 
To begin, I created paper cut motifs following the lyrics
of the song. Each motif starts its life as a hand-drawn sketch and then is
scanned and rendered on to the computer as a vector illustration.  The digitalized images then come to life in
frame-by-frame animations. Turtle doves flutter, ballerinas twirl, swans glide and
pipers play their flutes in celebration of the festive season.
Rather than being a static two dimensional setting, I
designed the ecard to have visual depth and dimension.  To achieve this I placed the paper
cutting within a window and adding a snowy background, adding contextual depth and dimension, resulting in a dynamic moving picture.

Paper Cutting or “Scherrenschnitte” Traditions

This is the first of a series of
blog posts on the tradition of paper cutting, a folkloric practice close to my
heart and my art!
Scherrenschnitte which literally means
scissor cuts in German, is the
traditional art of paper cutting. Using scissors or
a knife, a silhouette of the image or scene is cut from paper in a delicate and
intricate process requiring immense skill and meticulous attention to detail.
Although this craft has been
practiced in Northern Europe, its roots stem back to China around 750 A.D.

A gaekkebrev hand cut by Hans Christian Anderson

Paper cutting is not a dying art, and
instead it has undergone a renaissance and is growing in popularity. Its appeal
lies in using such a simple material such as paper, its versatility and serving
as a wonderful medium for storytelling.
In fact the renowned Hans Christian Andersen created some very famous free hand cut
designs that really celebrated his storytelling. Using a folding technique, the
author cut intricate designs with scissors as a form of therapy and relaxation.
The Danes are famous for their
paper cutting. Gaekkebrev translated to mean secret snowdrop letter is a
well-celebrated Danish tradition that is practiced around Easter time as the
snow is lifting. It’s a little game where you pick a snowdrop flower, attach
its delicate white buds to the paper cut design you have been snipping away at.

Example of a traditional gaekkebrev paper cutting

The idea is to write a poem or
verse, disguising your handwriting and give the paper cutting to someone. The
recipient’s job is to guess who it’s from.  If they guess correctly, then you have to give
them an Easter egg. You can sign your name in dots; one dot for each letter of
your name. This game can also be used on Valentine ’s Day for a bit of fun.
I have drawn inspiration from my
Danish roots to create a new Christmas ecard medium bringing paper cutting to
life in a digital format.
After hand drawing motifs, they are
scanned and brought to life by converting them to Vector illustrations and
digitalized.
This ecard was inspired by the
imaginary stories I would play out in my mind as a child. I created a heavenly
white village scene with paper cut flora and fauna animations fluttering and transforming
before your eyes.

Paper cut snowflake shavings falling  

In an nostalgic moment, I recalled
playing outside in the garden as a child as fresh snow fell, climbing under
branches and watching the snowflakes gently fall to the ground like pieces of
paper cuttings.  I would imagine make-believe worlds amidst a winter
wonderland, only to return to the warmth of my family home hours later with red
cheeks and numb fingers. I would spend hours transfixed on the delicate snow
gently falling outside. 

Due to global warming,
snowfall is becoming rarer before Christmas in my native country Denmark.
As I started working on this ecard, my friends and family back in
Denmark sent me photos of the very unusual first snow in November this year
which delighted and inspired me – making the process of the card’s
creation even more enjoyable.

Flora and fauna layered against a winter village backdrop

Set within a village scene transforming from day to night, the story begins with a fanciful paper snowflake being cut, dropping its paper shavings to a buoyant orchestral tune called A Whimsical Story by composer David G Steele. 

On closer look, we find deer, a fox, a rare and a variety of song birds, partridges and doves frolicking about a wondrous winter playground amidst vines and flowers inspired by traditional Polish paper cutting designs. 

The sequence ends with room to add your own Christmas message

This ecard is intended to be elevating and full of Christmas cheer. 

View the Christmas Paper Story e-card