Making Fun Stationery Designs

Now that the Internet has been around for a couple of decades, people are getting bored with social networking 24/7. In the age of Instagram, some will find it is surprising that there are actually a few people who want to get back into old fashion letter writing. With social networking most replies are instantaneous, and there is never this waiting or anticipation period before a letter arrives. Part of the fun of writing letters is that you can actually look forward to checking your mail once a week or so, and it will not simply be filled with junk mail. If you enjoy drawing then you can create your own stationery with blank cards purchased from a craft store. All you need for this project is:

  • a package of blank cards
  • colored pencils

Card with a mountain landscape.
Card with a mountain landscape. | Source

One of the things I enjoy doing is drawing pictures on cards for my friends. Sometimes I draw an elaborate picture that I could spend days on, but other times it is a simplistic picture that just comes to me. For this project I decided to create a simple desert landscape. As you can see drawing a picture on a card can be simple, fun, complicated, easy, detailed, or anything that you want the illustration to be. Here is what I did for this project:

Step One: Find A Blank Card

A blank card.
A blank card. | Source

For this project I already had purchased a package of blank heavy-duty cards, but you can buy a package of cardstock and cut the cards down to the size you prefer to make your own. Also, any blank piece of computer paper would work well for your project, so just decide what you want to use. I am not rigid when it comes to doing arts and crafts activities and I like to use whatever I have on hand.

Step Two: Use A Ruler To Create Your Horizon Line

Use a ruler to create the horizon line.
Use a ruler to create the horizon line. | Source

A ruler is a good tool for create a quick and accurate horizon line on your drawings. Sometimes I do not use a ruler, other times I do. I just always love having a straight edge for making straight lines because it saves time when you are making a quick sketch.

Step Three: Add Some Mountains

Adding mountains to the background adds depth.
Adding mountains to the background adds depth. | Source

For this project I am making a Southern California desert scene, so I decided to add a few mountains to the background of this perspective drawing. I love how trails and roads disappear in the distance out in the deserts of California, and it brings back many good memories of hiking out in the desert with my family. We used to go on four wheeling and hiking trips, and I captured many scenes such as this one with my camera.

Step Four: Add Colors To The Picture

In this YouTube video I show how I begin to add the color to the sky. Also, I suggest places you can buy cardstock if you want to make cards by hand. The idea of this first short video is to get over your fear of adding color to the page and just do it! It is your creation and it will be unique from start to finish.

Step Five: Adding More Color

In this video clip I am showing the finishing touches of adding more color to the card. I like how the trail is heading into the horizon, which creates a vanishing point and gives more depth and perspective to this quick drawing. I only spent a few minutes on this picture, but you can spend as much time as you like when it comes to drawing a picture on your own card.

Step Six: Finish Adding Color To Your Card

A California desert scene on the finished card.
A California desert scene on the finished card. | Source

The card is finished and now I am ready to write a short note on the inside to my friend. Sometimes I like to draw pictures on the inside to, but most of the time I just leave the inside blank so I can write a short letter to my friend. The purpose of this activity was to demonstrate how easy it is to make your own card and now you can use the two dollars that would usually spent on a card for something else. Maybe you can use it for postage and send more cards this way!

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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

Sweetie - this is a great idea! Not only do you save money but you're also creating somethign unique! Greeting cards are a disgraceful price in Europe, so I would happily try to make something classy like yours...


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Pjdscott,

Thank you for stopping by :). Greetinig cards are very expensive here and I stopped bying them over a year ago when my mom commented I love to draw and should always make my own. I had made a few before then, but now I make all of my own. You can use computer programs, stamps, almost anything to design a card, so I encourage everyone to try it.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

We should all follow your example and do these ourselves. We are just lazy really I think. It would be more appreciated I think than giving a bought one.


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ahmu 8 years ago

sweetie hugs

nice hub u make

i like it

u give a great idea to make this type of arts


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MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

I like making my own cards too, and because of that people complimented on my cards and so I started doing my own business and sell in the craft markets, at the start of the Christmas season, it is nice to see people like your work...

Well done Sweetiepie....


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

Sweetiepie, you are such a fun girl. I have made my own cards in the past and really enjoyed it. Lovely hub.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

MM Del Rosario,

Thanks for the nice comments and I am glad to hear you are doing well with your card business.

Karen Ellis,

I am glad to hear you make cards too and thanks for the nice comments on my hub.


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

yes..I make mine too/but a bit differently wish I knew how to show you..It is so relaxing. I can spend hoursd and have tons of paper and supplies

Nice hub my dear G-Ma :o) hugs


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Do you have any pictures G-Ma? I would like to see them. Actually the picture I drew this time was different than many I do. I always do something different. Here are some more of my pictures I draw:

http://bearie23.deviantart.com/gallery/

I hope you can take a picture of you card because now I want to see it :).


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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

SweetiePie, there is little doubt a hand made card will be far better received than a store bought card, there is NO doubt at all giving a hand made card will be a far better experience than giving one from a store. Thank you for the tips.

Your fan.

Mon.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for sharing your wonderful comment monitor :).


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The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

What a nice hub. Cards have become the required purchase that you know nobody cares about. Most people just throw them away, but a card that has been hand made with a personal letter is much more valuable.

Looks like fun - love the flexy ruler : )Shaye


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by and leavintg the nice Shaye :). The flexy ruler is so much fun and kids love to bend them and I even like to bend it too. When I was younger I had a special ruler made out of measuring tape, which would curl up if you hit it against an object.


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Moonmaiden 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

I've never given up on my real life penpals, but I did go from 90 to 1, because one by one they all went to email. I intend to keep penpalling alive, even if I'm about the last one on the planet to do it it seems.


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Aya Katz 4 years ago from The Ozarks

That's a very interesting observation you make that with social media we bypass the period of waiting to hear back after we mail a letter or card. I hadn't really thought of that, but after you pointed it out, I can see that we really lose out on the delicious anticipation of waiting for a response.

I think your method for making an illustrated card is a good one. Maybe I can get Bow to warm to this idea. He could make a card for Grandma.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think Bow would enjoy its since he would be free to draw what he wants. Blank cards can be made out of anything, and sometimes I even used to make cards out of paper bags from the grocery store. I have fallen behind on writing back to one friend, but I know a woman who actually prefers writing old fashion letters over going online, and this is the best way to stay in touch with my friend. Her grandma was a prolific letter writer, and apparently she went through three books of stamps in a few days.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

@MoonMaiden

I think more younger people are now discovering old fashion letter writing, especially since they had never done it before.

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