This year I was inspired to create handmade cards for friends and family instead of having one of my designs printed. This meant that I was not able to send them to a long list of recipients as in years past but in the end I think I made and sent about 45 cards.
To keep the cards affordable, simple, and colorful I started with large sheets of plain, brown craft paper, then ripped up and glued down shreds of colored tissue paper that I had on hand.
After the glue dried I cut the craft paper into 5″ strips and cut those strips into 8.5″ lengths to form individual cards. After that, it was time to draw and personalize …
I began with a handful of images and themes sketched out on a piece of paper but sometimes allowed the shapes and colors on each card speak to me. I liked making each card a little different. Even if I reused an image/idea, I tried something new with the drawing.
It was important to me to send out something personal and special since I have received so much love and support from my friends and family through my career change and relocation process, which is far from over. I wish I’d had the time to make more of them so I’ll have to try it again for another occasion!
Supplies used to create these cards: Craft paper, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, ruler, Uniball pens, imagination, love.
Earlier this month, Etsy.com HQ sent out a call for members and friends to contribute handmade or vintage Valentine greeting cards to be distributed to Citymeals-on-Wheels clients on Valentine’s Day. What fun it would be, I thought, to invite friends to join me on Saturday night for dinner and crafting… and it was!
Elaine, Elle, Kat, Holly, and Janet came over to my place last weekend. I served Penne Alla Vodka and my favorite salad. After dinner and some wine, we spread out ourselves and our craft supplies on the living room floor to start creating. There was some trepidation at first, but once we began putting things together, inspiration took hold. Listening to our favorite tunes from the 80s helped, too! In the end, we had 18 Valentine’s cards to contribute to Etsy’s cause! I would have been happy if we had 1 or 2 cards per person, so I’m bowled over by everyone’s efforts. Links and results follow: