Creating Unique Greeting Cards for Fun
Taking it step by step, beauty emerges on its own.
Whether you're someone who trusts their artistic ability or someone who believes with all your heart that you are "not creative," our step-by-step process will lead you through a process you'll find enjoyable and to a result that will be surprisingly interesting. Just think of it as a "recipe" that always leads to a delicious soup -- where the flavors are a little different every time!
Example of a finished card made with our 4-Phase Good Tidings card-making "recipe."
At card-making parties, first we get set up with our basic equipment
This recipe calls for 4 different stages in the completion of an entirely unique greeting card design. Step one is to PAINT! So, here we have our basic tools: water, watercolor paints, paper, a drying rag and several different paintbrushes. Setting everything up on a large TV tray is just right for accommodating lots of party-goers flexibly in just about any space!
Step 1: Laying down some subtle color
Step 2: Add some more saturated color on another part of the page
Step 3: Throw some "splatter drops" on the page!
Step 4: Add another color with just a touch of paint from a different brush
Step 5: Add more colors with different brushes, filling in some details here and there.
Step 6: Fill in some spaces, adding more detail if you want to -- or stop painting if you think you're complete! Remember, PAINTING is just Phase 1 of our 4-P
Step 6: Knowing when to stop! Fortunately, you can keep going as long as you like or stop whenever you want! Here's where I decided to stop.
Step 7: Optional! Drying your painting so you can get on with Phase 2!
Catch Your Breath!
This is a good time to pause and ask yourself: "Am I being judgmental about what I'm creating?" As one of my esteemed mentors, Ilana Rubenfeld, often says... "SEND THE JUDGE TO PARADISE!" Remember, there's nothing at stake here unless you decide there is -- therefore, no possibility of a wrong answer :)
Step 8: Basic supplies needed for Phase 2: COLLAGE
Step 9: Selecting a scrap of collage paper and deciding where to apply it to the painting
Step 10: Make a decision, bring out the Elmer's Glue and glue it down!
Step 11: Repeat! I have a whole pile of little bits of paper to choose from here!
Step 12: In a lazy way, continue to consider possibilities. Don't think too hard! Think with your eyes!
Step 12B: Okay! I'm gluing it down right here! See it?
Step 13: here's an interesting piece left over from a un-used painting ... Should I use it?
Step 14: I think I'll glue it down right here!
This is a very forgiving process!
In case you haven't noticed yet, anything you don't like so much about your painting, you can cover up with collage paper!! Forgiveness is the antidote to perfectionism. You're welcome.
Step 15: Cut pieces in any shape you like for adding to your collage
Step 16: Keep adding layers until you're satisfied
Step 17: Why stop now? Because I want to get to my very favorite part! Phase 3: FRAMING
Step 18: The only equipment we need this time is a piece of cardstock with an opening cut in it to the correct proportions of what we plan in our finished card
Step 19: Repeatedly move the frame around on your artwork, revealing different viewpoints that will undoubtedly surprise you with their complexity and beauty.
Step 19 continues...
Step 19... and another viewpoint emerges
Step 19 ... and another
Step 19... more still!
Step 19... is there no end to this??
Phase 4! Time for a technology choice...
At Good Tidings, my last step is the printing company where my friend Duncan scans the entire painting/collage on his $50,000 scanner! With all that digital info at my fingertips, I can "cut out" as many card designs as I like -- the ones I found in Step 19 -- without actually cutting up the art work! However, if you'd like a more lo-tech way to make your cards, scan and print at home, or simply choose a few designs you love, cut them out with scissors, and glue to pieces of heavy card stock.