taking a chance on cards

I got a little wild and crazy recently in the world of cards.  What could that even mean, right?

Well, I started mixing mediums.  I took out my markers, I took out my colored pencils, I took out my gel pens, cardstock, and decorative clips.  I clipped together pieces of paper that didn’t necessarily go together, and I didn’t color between the lines.

Each of these little cards is about 3×4″ and I absolutely love how they turned out though.

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What do you think, should I keep mixing mediums?

handmade greeting cards pinterest roundup

Well.  I’ve now been doing my Pinterest roundups for weeks.  And you know what I realized?  I haven’t shared my favorite greeting cards that I’ve made with you yet.  Sure, you could go look at my card roundup page, but you can also go check out my ChrystinaNoel card Pinterest board, where every card was made by yours truly.

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That was definitely a fun trip down memory lane.  I really need to get back to making more greeting cards.  That probably means I need to find more time.  But until then I’ll just have to keep buying cards – which I’m totally happy to do.  Yay for supporting my (hopefully) one-day industry!

diy photo cards

I hope that y’all had a fun weekend – and a happy belated Mothers’ Day to all the moms and moms-to-be out there.  This weekend was full with more than just mothers’ day celebrations – my sister graduated from college as well!

On Friday, before I left to go home to Connecticut, I sat down to make two cards – a graduation card for my sister, and a mothers’ day card… for my mother.  A few weeks earlier, I had printed a bunch of photos a few weeks ago using snapfish and realized that they would be the perfect basis for both of these cards.

These days everybody makes photo cards online.  They find a picture that they like – import it into a program – put a border around it – add some words to it- and then mass produce it.  Well I’ve got to tell you, I really do love the idea of photo cards – and I think it’s even more fun to make them a little bit more individualized.

It was while I made both of these cards that I realized how much I used to love scrapbooking.  It gives you a chance to use different mediums and textures and just be fun.  It was something that I hadn’t been able to do in a while in all of my digital designs and simple homemade card designs.

diy photo cards - graduation card

Favorite Part: the twine used to bind the two pieces of paper together to make the card

The Challenge: figuring out how not to make the bubble letters at the top look like an 8-year-old drew them, I ended up deciding that outlining them made them stand out a little bit more and not look like they were drawn with crayons

Favorite Product Used:  Canson Self-Adhesive Photo Corners black

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Favorite Part: the photo – too good, right?

The Challenge: finding enough random patterns and textures of materials to make it look fun without going over the top

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I also feel the need to point out that I asked my mother’s permission before posting tht picture.

I actually really ended up liking using photos on my cards, and it made me wonder what other fun photos I’ve been holding onto.  I might need to look into this idea in the future for further cards.  What do you think?  Too much effort when it can be done on the internet so easily or a nice personal touch?

 

simple card inspiration pinterest roundup

I love a good card.  I really do.  Even more so than a good card, a good simple card.  Card that look really nice, but are incredibly simple in concept.  Most of the cards I’ve ever made fall into this category, like this card, this card, and this card.  I’m going to have to remember some of these ideas for the next time I need to be creative on the spot.  Check them out.


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Isn’t it crazy how simple some of these are?  What’s your favorite?