Hi everyone! In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to realize a season’s greetings card using Blender & Gimp. Start opening up Blender (here you can download it), select text tool in the tab on the left and click on Create.

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Click on the box icon in the tab on the right, and, in the Trasform tab set the value in X to 90 in order to rotate the writing.

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Click on the wrench tab, select Add modifier and choose Solidify to give a three – dimensional effect to the writing.

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Adjust the depth of the subject setting Thickness to 0.0100

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In the Text tab on the right (with an F icon), select the section Font and install a new font (I have downloaded this).

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Then split the writing in two parts, and rotate them using the tab with the cube.

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Insert a Cone selecting it and resize it.

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Duplicate this object (CTRL+C & CTRL+V) four times. Resize each cone clicking on Trasform in order to make the higher cone smaller than the lower one: you should obtain a Christmas tree.

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Add an object Sphere (on the left) to create Christmas baubles.

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Resize the Christmas bauble just created.

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Repeat the process to create lots of Christmas baubles to decorate the tree.

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Select the object Circle from the menu on the left and position it at the top  of the tree to add a garland.

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Click on the rope icon tab on the left and look for the section Geometry: modify Extrude and Offset.

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Give a 3D effect to the garland as you did for the text in the previous steps:

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Duplicate and paste the garland to create many others. At the end click on F12 to render. The result will be this:

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To realize the background you can use a series of objects Panel and position them around the subject created. This will be the structure:

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Add a lamp on the top of the tree to make it sparkling.

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Add an external light click on Lamp with Spot mode.

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After the rendering, this will be the result:

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It’s time to color the image, starting from the writing. Select it and click on the circle tab on the right.

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Click on New and select red color in the Diffuse section.

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Color all the other elements of the draw too.

The Christmas baubles are too squared, to adjust them add the Subdivision Surface modifier in the wrench tab.

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You sjould get a result similar to the image below:

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Color the panels on the background.

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You just need some little details:

  • Add a reflection effect to the baubles: click on the circle tab, Mirror section
  • Adjust the top of the tree
  • Better position and modify the writing
  • Add a gift box image
  • Better position the light on the top of the tree

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Open up Gimp and add your signature on the card!

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Filters—> Light and shadow—> Lens reflection

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Add some other light beam clicking on Filters—> Light and shadow—>Supernova and configure the settings below: (I used the color #e9f67a).

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This is the final result:

Final

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