Monday, December 31, 2018

Card Making

We had a New Year's crop at the local scrapbook store this weekend.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (so far) and tomorrow.  I haven't been the whole time, but when there, I was quite productive - made 63 cards so far!

Someone asked about my "process" - how do I make cards - so I thought I'd try to explain.  But the bottom line, it's all about just creating and playing.

A lot of these cards are made from watercolor paintings that were flops.  My 2 sisters and I paint.  Ok, they paint, I take classes in the hopes that one day I will be able to paint.  We have a lot of flops.  So instead of putting them in the trash, I cut them up for cards.

I recently attended the Copic Boot Camp in Arizona and after 4 intense days of coloring with copic markers, I've been working on finishing up what I started there and am using some of those "samples" as card backgrounds.  I cut them to 4x6" and keep them in a plastic bin.

I taught a class using oxide reinkers and those samples are now cards.

When I get 40 or 50 or more together, then I take an evening and sit and match papers to the colors in the image.  I will pull 2 sheets of each color, stack them, then put the card front on top of that and store all of these "sets" in another plastic bin.

I keep a separate container filled with stamped sentiments.  I usually replenish this when it starts to get empty.

I have another container filled with peel off stickers - mostly sentiments.

I cut a variety of die cut images in white or white glitter to use on cards.  These go in another bin.

When there's a crop, I simply pull all the bins, take them to the store and sit and assemble cards.  When I'm doing that, I decide what kind of card it will be and then go to the sentiment bin or the peel off bin and pull a saying.  This time I also took my rub-on sentiments.

Rarely do I sit and make a card from beginning to end.  I've decided it's more fun to play with different mediums and use different techniques and then, later, turn those items into cards.  Makes for a lot of fun play days!

64 new cards in 4 days.  Might just be a record for me!  I have sold 6 of them, given several away and think I have about 48 cards left to replenish my stock.  They probably won't last too long!

So, can you tell which ones are watercolor, vs copic markers, vs oxide reinkers, vs brushos, vs something else?  They sort of all blend together after awhile!  Sure is fun to play!!!