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Art Inspiration - Mothers’ day Cards by Kayleigh
Handmade cards are not only cheaper but are ultimately more personal and well received. They don’t have to be elaborate or fancy, simple drawings and lettering.
For these cards I have kept a theme of an irregular pattern of swirls and curls. For one card I drew a heart in the centre with flowers surrounding it. The original is in black and white which gives it a form of elegance and simplicity. However, I created two more in which I colour the petals in the flowers different colours to make them a little brighter. You could also fill the white spaces in the heart to match the flowers. Another option could be to make an oval frame out of the swirl patterns and then either stick a photo or draw a portrait inside (this will either look like a photo frame or a mirror). Some of the pattern could be in another colour (I used purple to match the writing in the bottom corner) this will brighten the page and give an interesting extra piece of detail. You could fill the rest of the page with the same sort of pattern to avoid having so much negative space.
The final card uses some raised features giving extra depth and a bolder appearance. I used a turquoise colour throughout. First, I drew the pattern in the centre in fine liner. Next, I cut out a shape from plane paper and drew a portrait in the centre before filling the rest of the negative space with the pattern. To make this piece stand away from the page, I used a small strip of turquoise card and made a concertina fold before sticking one side to the page and the other to the drawing. I did the same thing in different sizes to create the flowers in the top left corner. The flowers themselves are made out of the turquoise card and have the same swirl pattern drawn on them.
When making cards I generally have a vague theme and then go with the flow of whatever that may be. They are never perfect, there are always discrepancies and irregularities. This just adds to the charm of a homemade card. People generally appreciate the time, effort and care that goes into a homemade card, more so than a shop bought card sent in the post. Handmade cards are easily personalised and adjusted for whoever and whatever occasion.
What kind of cards do you make?
May all your crafting wishes come true…