Instructions on How to Make Handmade Greeting Cards

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick 

Handmade Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are so fun and quick to make. My mum and I would send cards to each other all the time. I really want to get in the habit of snail mail again.  I love to send gifts, happy mail, post cards and handmade cards.

Handmade Greeting Cards

I hand folded 140lbs cold press watercolor paper into a card shape. Opened to lay card flat and spray with orange and pink Dylusions ink spray. These are my favorites. Air dry or dry with heat gun.  Cut pink card stock paper to smaller size to center in the front of the card and glue. Stamp all four sides of card stock. Stamp image of 2” art squares. Glue squares to cardstock.

Handmade Greeting Cards

Stamp your greeting on top and bottom of watercolor card. Using Pitt Pen Big Brush Markers color in the stamped images. Add Stickles in your favorite colors and washi tape to the edge.

Handmade Greeting Cards

*stamp can be found at Rubbermoon.com

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Author bio: Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is happy and whimsy. Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website at: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Handmade Greeting Cards with PanPastels

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

It’s the time of year again when I need to whip up some handmade greeting cards for Mothers Day. As I have such fun playing with this Versamark resist and PanPastels technique, I thought it would be prefect for this year’s cards.

Card background with Versamark ink and coloured with pan pastels

Materials for Handmade Greeting Cards

- Strathmore Mixed Media or Bristol paper

- Large stamp here I used Hero Arts Hexagons S5667

- Versamark ink

- Pan pastels 280.5 Orange , 680.5 Bright Yellow Green and 580.5 Turquoise

- Range of Sofft Art Sponges

- Stencil L238, designed by Michelle Ward, by Stencilgirl

- Spray workable fixative

- matching coloured card

- Archival ink Black

- 2-sided tape

Instructions for  Handmade Greeting Cards

1. Remove a sheet of Mixed media or Bristol paper from the pad

Versamark ink and pan pastels

2. Using Versamark ink, stamp large stamp image around paper

Versamark ink and pan pastels

You can just see the design here

Versamark ink and pan pastels

3. Place the stencil over the stamped card and secure with masking tape

Versamark ink and pan pastels

4. Using a light circular motion with the sponge, add a little orange PanPastel onto the card, going over the stencil.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

Then the magic happens – the stamped pattern appears!

Versamark ink and pan pastels

5. Add the green and blue. Keep adding color slowly until you are happy with the result. You can blend the edges between the colors to fade out any sharp lines. I like using the lighter color (the green here) to blend the transition between the colors.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

Versamark ink and pan pastels

6. Carefully remove the stencil

Versamark ink and pan pastels

7. Spray with a workable fixative.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

This step isn’t mandatory but I hate stuff rubbing off, so I live using this spray. It only takes a few minutes to dry.

8. Find matching colour card to be the base of your card. Here I have chosen an orange, a green and a blue. This card is 210mm x 148mm, folded into A6 (148mm x 105mm)

Versamark ink and pan pastels

9. Using my paper guillotine, I cut the colours background to fit onto the card (138mm x 95mm)

Versamark ink and pan pastels

10. Stamp greeting with black ink and edge the background card. Set aside for a minute or two to dry.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

11. Use 2-sided tape to stick the two layers together.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

I also had a play with a few other colors and mixed and matched the greetings and background card.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

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Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

Michelle lives with her husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia. When she is not creating or on Facebook, she’s at karate training. Just to make sure she’s properly busy, she has also adopted the From Picture to Page Scrapbooking and Papercrafts Show

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Disclosure: Some of these PanPastels were supplied by Colorfin and some were bought with our own money.  All opinions are that of the MixedMediaArt team. Some links on this page may be affiliate links and any purchases help to support the ongoing work by MixedMediaArt. 
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Turning Mixed Media Tags into Greeting Cards

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

I love making handmade greeting cards from my family and friends – but I always worry that the hard work that has gone into making them won’t be appreciated and they will be discarded along with the store bought cards. I wanted to make a greeting card that would keep on giving, well after the birthday or event has passed – that’s when I decided to make a tag bookmark and integrate that into a card; that ticks both boxes – a handmade greeting card AND a gift

Greeting Cards from shipping tags

Materials:

Faber-Castell Gelatos

Manilla shipping tags (here we used Size 7)

Rubber stamps (for the tags we used Ranger Ink Dina Wakely Media – Face in the Crowd MDR41313)

Black ink

Black markers and pens

Cardstock in colours to match the gelatos

Craft knife and cutting mat

Ribbon in colours to match

Making your Greeting Card Tags:

1. Gather materials and decide on colors. Here I was making Mothers’ Day cards, so I was after bright colours (and I just LOVE rainbow colours!)

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

2. Create a colourful background with the Gelatos on the tags, activating them with a little water

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

3. Add a stamped face and quote from the Dina Wakley set to your tag. Add a border with black marker. Add ribbon.

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

4. Add some stamped swirls to the card. Put the images around the edges as the tag will cover most of the card front.

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

5. Match the tags to the background card stock

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

6. Now we need to create a way to attach the tag to the card. I didn’t want to glue it permanently, so I cut slots into the card.

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

I put the tag onto the card and used a pencil to mark the top right side and the bottom left side of the tag, so I would know how wide the tag is. Then a drew half circles and cut them using the craft knife and cutting mat. Then I tested the tag and found the slits needed to extend past the edge of the tag. Then I cut the slits a bit bigger.

7. The easier way to put he tags into the card was to “twist” it in

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

8. Your mixed media tag greeting card is finished! You can also write a note INSIDE the card to tell the recipient that the tag can be removed and used as a bookmark.

handmade Greeting Cards from manilla shipping tags

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Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

Michelle lives with her husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia. When she is not creating or on Facebook, she’s at karate training.

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Handmade Greeting Card

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick 

Handmade greeting card using watercolor paper

Greeting cards are so fun and quick to make. My mum and I would send cards to each other all the time. I really want to get in the habit of snail mail again.  I love to send gifts, happy mail, post cards and handmade cards.

Handmade greeting card using watercolor paper

I hand folded 140lbs cold press watercolor paper into a card shape. Opened to lay card flat and spray with orange and pink Dylusions ink spray. These are my favorites. Air dry or dry with heat gun.  Cut pink card stock paper to smaller size to center in the front of the card and glue. Stamp all four sides of card stock. Stamp image of 2” art squares. Glue squares to cardstock.

Handmade greeting card using watercolor paper

Stamp your greeting on top and bottom of watercolor card. Using Pitt Pen Big Brush Markers color in the stamped images. Add Stickles in your favorite colors and washi tape to the edge.

Handmade greeting card using watercolor paper

*stamp can be found at Rubbermoon.com

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Author bio: Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is happy and whimsy. Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website at: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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