Monday, 23 February 2015

A Homemade Floral Greeting Card

Here's an easy little craft to brighten up your Monday! Florals have such a timeless vintage charm and they are so in right now. This craft card does involve drawing, but I promise you don't have to be an artist to make a lovely greeting for a friend. In fact, this is one of those easy projects that will make you feel like a kid again. Super fun and simple!

Here's a photo how-to with instructions:
1. Cut out a paper heart that is slightly smaller than your blank card. Using pencil, lightly trace the heart outline onto the card.

2. Choose your medium (ie. markers) and choose your colour palette. I went for pastel pinks, purples and oranges with a pea green. Creating and using a colour palette, as opposed to a full spectrum rainbow, will give your finished card a polished and well designed look.

3. Fill in the heart by drawing small floral shapes like flowers, buds, berries and leaves.

4. To finish the card, add a sentiment at the bottom. I choose to use a small kraft paper cut-out, but you could write something directly onto the card as well. I like the idea of writing a child's name across the bottom to create a card that is also a personalized piece of art.

 While creating this post, I tried out a few different mediums and experimented with colour. I don't always share all my trial and error on the blog, but this time I thought it was worth posting a bit of the 'behind the scenes' action. :)  For my first attempt at the heart card, I used water colour pencil crayon in a full range of colour. The result is soft and pretty, but not exactly what I was going for.

Next, because I wanted a bolder look, I tried using markers with a full colour range. The look is now too strong, it's almost psychedelic!
To create a monogram card like the one above, draw or print your letter at the size you need. Gather the card, a piece of carbon paper and the letter paper and stack them in this order (with the letter on top and the card on the bottom). Lightly trace the outline of the letter and lift up the sheets to reveal the carbon outline on the card. Go lightly, carbon rubs off easily and is difficult to remove. 

In the end, my favourite card is the one done with markers in a limited palette. The looks is bright and cheery, yet soft and mature. Pick the look that speaks to you and give it a try!