Make Handmade Cards Using Painted Papers

Friends, it’s a great day to be online! Today is Cyber Monday, and that means that in addition to getting a dose of inspiration and techniques, you can score 50% off of mixed-media resources and more at the North Light Shop with the coupon code 10CYBER. Though I know you’ll want to get to your shopping, here’s a quick lesson from Elizabeth St. Hilaire on how to make handmade cards using painted papers that you can include in your holiday preparations.

Happy shopping! ~Cherie

Handmade cards | Elizabeth St Hilaire,
Handmade card by Elizabeth St. Hilaire. See her feature article on painted papers for gift wrap in the November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, and get a copy of her book, Painted Paper Art Workshop here. Both are included in the 10CYBER 50% off discount code!

How to Make a Holiday Card by Elizabeth St. Hilaire

Use scraps from hand-painted papers to create beautiful and unique holiday cards. This same technique can be used to create one-of-a-kind tags for special gifts.

1. Lightly sketch the shape of a holiday object or icon onto a blank note card with pencil, making sure the lines are very, very light. I drew a vintage tree ornament, sketching only the outline of the shape to use as a guide.

2. Apply a thin layer of gel medium to the front of the card within your drawn shape.

3. Tear pieces of the painted paper scraps and, using the drawing as your guide, press the pieces into the gel medium. Use a paintbrush to press down, secure, and flatten the pieces to the card, and then apply more gel medium over the top of the collaged papers.

4. Coat the entire front of the card with a thin layer of gel medium to create an even sheen. ~Elizabeth


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