Would you like to send a birth announcement, a birthday card, or send off a Happy New Year's card? No more mundane store-bought greeting cards… let your creativity speak!
It's an extremely popular art in English-speaking countries: cardmaking is the art of creating your own greeting cards. Thanks to the wide variety of available papers, you can experiment with colors and textures. What's most important? Follow your inspiration, and don't hesitate to shake up traditions!
Materials you can use : layer velum paper over metallic paper (quite chic for a wedding announcement), unique textures such as cork, gauze, corrugated cardboard (fun for a birth announcement or a birthday card)…
Always set aside materials that you find at home day to day: wrapping paper, brown kraft paper or corrugated cardboard, colorful pocket folders that your children do not use anymore in school… on the big day, no need to shop for supplies,you will already have a lot to choose from!
To design card, take your inspiration from scrapbooking techniques:
Paper punches, decorative edge scissors, beads, jewels, charms, wax seals, ribbons, colored raffia…
Rubberstamping, the art of printing images using a rubber stamp) is a must do. It's simple: all you have to do is ink the image by pressing it on an ink pad, then pressing the stamp firmly onto paper.
Like in medieval times, you can use the technique of illumination on your stationery:
Outline the borders using a drawing pen and India ink.
It's time to practice your handwriting! In order to practice writing different style alphabets, you may use calligraphy guide sheets to help you learn: Very useful, they guide you step by step in drawing each letter. They show:
Even simpler, try doodling (or scribbling): this technique used in scrapbooking involves drawing arabesques using various tools: markers, ball-point pen, reed pen, feather pen, paint, pencil, embroidery thread ... It's a snap !
Bring your envelopes to life:
Make your own postage stamp: