Mother’s Day cards in the making.

BlogPublished February 26, 2013 at 16:31 4 Comments

I thought I would go into how I go about making my handmade cards. I love the fact that I am using a combination of watercolours and papers to make these, and then cutting out the elements using a nice handy swivel scalpel. I use a really nice quality off white textured card that is 300gsm and acid free. It took a lot of searching for a card that was a little different than just hammered or linen which is a popular choice with hand made creations.

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After I have doodled out my design, and like the end result, I draw and make a template so that I can get the same element each time. This is some of the template pieces I currently have in use.

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I use the template to repeat the design on just one piece of card so I can keep track of the pieces, and it makes life easier to paint them too.

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I tend to paint the part of the design I am going to need to attach the papers to first to give it the most time to dry, so in this case I start with the birds (as you can see I like variety in my work…) I then move onto the branches and then the leaves. I just paint the leaves straight onto the card with my large brush, rather than draw them first.

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You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process, but I find that the heat buckles the card too much and can cause blooms in the paint, so I like to let it all dry at it’s own speed. Once it is all dry, I start to work on my vintage paper elements. I use a mixture of cutters and a scalpel to create the sizes I need for my designs, and as this shot shows the different combinations I like to make. These are pretty for many different card types, and in lots of colour combinations.

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Once the glue has set I cut out the image leaving a small white stroke around it’s outside.

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Here are my elements gathered ready to assemble using 3D foam pads. These are thin enough to have the card post as a normal sized postage stamp, but deep enough to make the details stand out with a nice shadow.

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The finished card. The final touch is a sweet hand written greeting, that can made with any custom wording on it.

If you are after a card for a special occasion, feel free to contact me for anything custom. These cards come sealed in a celo bag with its envelope, and is posted in a card backed envelope. £3.25 including the postage (within the UK)

Hand Made card designs

Hand madePublished February 23, 2013 at 11:54 Comments Off on Hand Made card designs

My new selection of hand made cards that compliment my decal designs. They are A6 and are made with acid free 300gsm textured card, using a combination of hand painted details and vintage papers. There is a bespoke greeting for each card, the ones shown are simply examples of the designs available. Each card costs £3.25 including P&P