Handmade Birthday Cards

cards

Today I wanted to share with you a look into my card making process.

The Beginning Stages:

First, I decide on what type of quote I wanted to use. This is usually the starting point of my process. Once I find the quote(s), I think of things the words in the quote bring to my mind.

For example “Happy Birthday to my main squeeze”, the word “squeeze” reminds me of a lemon. Often when you have a designer creative block, it helps to come up with the quote first then the design will put itself together. Let your inner artist inspiration take over!

Middle Step:

My next step is to decide what type of medium to use. Do I want to use Adobe Indesign or Illustrator to create? Paint, stencil, or hand letter? On the card above I used Adobe Indesign. Depending on what you decide to use, this may require a trip to your local craft store.

Selecting Artwork:

I already have several folders of artwork I have created, purchased or downloaded from Etsy or Creative market. Now start creating! Be sure to purchase the correct license for using your artwork. For the lemon card I decided to add a leaf to the top. To make it stand out more, I used a textured paper I purchase at my local Michaels craft store.

Printing:

Printing has to be one of the biggest struggles for a designer when printing their work. A lot depends on the quality, color settings, and overall knowledge of the business staff everywhere is different. FedEx is my number one and only place I go to get prints. On the card above I printed the lemon at Fedex and the leaf I printed at home on my personal printer. I will print some smaller things at home but for that crisp ink you will want to use FedEx.

Enjoy your card!

 

Hop to It! Easy Craft to Make This Easter!

Easter

This handcrafted Easter idea will put a fresh face on spring.  You can get everything you need for these Easter nest at your local craft store, I shop at Michaels.
I have always loved Easter! Its that time of the year when spring is beginning and the weather is starting to get warmer(in Alabama anyways). Plus it is also my birthday month. What a great time to rejoice and be with family as this month we celebrate his Resurrection “He is Risen”.

Items you need:  1 -Small wicker nest(wreath makings section at a craft store). 2 – Bag of Easter eggs, 3- White Spray Paint, 4 – Hot Glue, 5- Moss(wreath makings section at a craft store).

Be as Creative as you would like. If you are a great painter, you might want to paint the eggs instead of spray painting or maybe you want to cover with additional embellishments, go for it!

First, lay out your items, decide how many eggs you want to put in the nest, this will vary based on the size of nest and eggs you purchased.

Second, cut the Moss to fit inside the nest and glue down with hot glue. I like to get the moss in packed bags it seems to be easier to glue down. But please be very careful not to burn yourself, the moss is very thin and the hot glue may come through in spots. Once the glue is dry, continue to glue down your Easter eggs.

Last, spray paint the nest. You can also add a little glitter if you would like, it’s up to you!  Have fun!

For year round decor, I have used ornaments before that can be changed out per season.

Happy Easter Y’all! Hope you have enjoyed my spring craft ideas! More goodies to come.

Easy Handmade Ornaments!

Ornament made from Cinnamon sticks and Ribbon.

What you need:

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ribbons
  • Hot Glue(optional)
  • String
  1. Cut the ribbons all the same length. Keep in mind the longest will be the bottom layer of the tree.
  2. Tie the ribbons around the cinnamon stick. You may have as many or little as you would like.
  3. Now cut the ribbons each shorter than the one before it , staggered different lengths as you create a tree form.
  4. Hot Glue or tie the String to the top or back of Cinnamon stick and they are ready for the tree.

 

New Things!

Being from Alabama – I love making cards that represent our state! Displayed above is my recent card design.
For this illustration, I used a watercolor and clipped out the outline of the state. Added some watercolor flowers.