When looking for a holiday graphic, you want an image that perfectly represents the spirit of the season without falling back on clichés. This gorgeous Christmas card uses several techniques to add an updated touch to a traditional image.
A pattern of sparkles runs across the curves of the image, and several shades of green overlap to add depth. The small touches make a big difference; slight gradients in each layer combine with subtle shading effects to provide an outstanding finish. A text element towards the bottom of the image contains the words "Merry Christmas" in a hip, minimalist font.